Nearly 25 pieces of fine art from students of southern women’s colleges will be showcased during the 2008 Southern Women’s Colleges Art Exhibition in the Milliken Art Gallery on the campus of Converse College February 11-March 2. A reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for March 2nd from 2-4 p.m. in the gallery. For more information, contact the Milliken Art Gallery at (864) 596-9181 or send an e-mail.
Brenau University (Gainesville, Georgia), Converse College (Spartanburg, South Carolina), Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia) and Salem College (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) will be represented during the exhibit. Mediums to be featured include watercolor, ebony pencil, charcoal, oil on wood, oil on canvas, digital photography, monotype, monoprint, a cheesecloth, oil and gel transfer and others.
“We think that we have received works that have a wide variety of subject and medium,” said Converse junior Jessica Looney who is coordinating the exhibition with fellow junior Elizabeth Roberds. “Each of the participating colleges could submit up to ten works which were chosen by the art departments at the individual schools. They are all works completed by women, but that is the only similarity that they share.”
The gallery is housed in the 30,000 square foot Milliken Fine Arts Building at Converse. The facility has been specifically designed for the production of art in almost every media. Studio space is devoted to printmaking, painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, interior design, 2-D and 3-D design, photography, art education and art therapy. The building also houses the J. Frank Toms Permanent Collection, which contains works of some of the most famous twentieth-century artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, Helmut Newton, Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dali, Rufino Tamayo, Raphael Soyer, Victor Vasarely and Andy Warhol. The Elliot Offner gift of works on paper are used for classroom instruction and displayed in the main Department of Art and Design Office. The collection includes prints by Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Leonard Baskin and Rico Lebrun.
The art and design curriculum is structured to prepare students for an exciting career in their chosen fields. In addition to offering bachelor degrees in art history, studio art, art education, art therapy, studio art and interior design, the Converse Art and Design Department offers a master of education in art education.