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Art Gallery Series 2016-2017
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Walter Sallenger, Art Gallery Curator



Art Gallery Series
May 17 - August 11, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Thurs
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

"Connection" - Recent Work by Stephanie Imbeau

Florence Native Stephanie Imbeau's "Connection" will include fiber art, ceramics, and a unique onsite installation of a structure made of umbrellas. Her practice investigates the way individuals seek community, personal security and a place to belong. She uses representations of protective structures as anthropomorphisms to explore this universal human impulse. These basic forms of shelter also provide the framework for a conceptual mapping of the barriers drawn to create safety and claim meaning using physical spaces. The simple outline of a house, for example, is both a boundary and a claim, “I am here” – with walls and a roof.   She uses a variety of mediums with a specific interest in materials that posses the opposing qualities of utility and fragility, such as clay, cardboard and umbrellas.

Stephanie Imbeau received a BFA from The Ohio State University in 2004 and MFA from Newcastle University in 2007. Her competition-winning work Shelter made her the first female artist to adapt Channel 4’s Big 4 in London in 2009. She was the youngest artist in the show Homeland [In]Security: Vanishing Dreams at Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY in November 2014. She has exhibited in Germany, France, England, Greece, and various locations in the US and has been featured in print in the UK and Korea. She currently lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Stephanie Imbeau
Rain Cloud Mars Bluff, Francis Marion University, May 2016


Art Gallery Series
August 23 - September 22, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Recent Works: 2013-2016 by Paul Yanko

Since 2004, Youngstown, Ohio native Paul Yanko has been teaching in the Visual Arts Department at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina. He received an M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University in 1995 and a B.F.A in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1991. While residing in Ohio, Yanko exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions at institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the McDonough Museum of Art. In 2002 he was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.

His work is included in private and public collections including the Cleveland Clinic, The Greenville County Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Carolina Collection at MUSC in Charleston, SC.

The works on display are bold acrylic paintings of abstract geometric designs.

"The densely layered compositions characteristic of my painting are reflective of a desire to reconcile formal painterly concerns with an interest in creating process-derived imagery. I remain equally influenced by emblems of Modernist geometric abstraction in addition to the characteristically intense, saturated hues found in commercial sign painting and toy construction sets.

"I develop my paintings systematically through an additive process of layering acrylic paint mixed with acrylic mediums onto masked areas. I initially establish sets of vertical and horizontal bands, applied to either a square or rectangular format, with function as an armature on which subsequent color shapes are layered. As I paint, I allow shapes to shift in registration in order to reveal varying amounts of underlying color."

Paul Yanko


Lee Ann Harrison installing
Art Gallery Series
August 23 - November 3, 2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

"Bindings" by Lee Ann Harrison

Lee Ann Harrison is an instructor in visual arts at the Community School of Davidson, N.C.  Harrison received her M.F.A with emphasis in sculpture and painting from Winthrop University.

Harrison's installations evoke fragility while dominating the gallery space.

"I explore installations using the enclosure of a room and the addition of sculptures to occupy and command the space. Three-dimensional forms hang from the ceiling in a looming, intrusive manner, yet other installed forms offer tentative, fragile illusions. The human form is my inspiration – then, I contort, deconstruct and reconstruct it to highlight deformity, missing appendages, and bindings to limit movement.

"My intent is to create a reflective and charged viewer response as I share narratives on the gay life experience. Twisting and contorting materials illustrate the confining contradictions of a gay individual 'passing' in a predominately straight world. This duality is integral and the materials serve as a mirroring of the conflict."
Lee Ann Harrison "Bindings"

Art Gallery Series
September 27 - November 3, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

"Abandoned Spaces" by Robert O. Keith IV

"In my current work, I borrow from abandoned spaces that are slowly being consumed by nature leaving them in a state of chaos and disorder. As I paint, I distort these spaces by curving, expanding, and stretching the dimensions across a flat surface to best display their natural beauty. I directly explore these spaces in depth which enables me to identify and connect with the mood of each structure.


"I work to bring out the rich, earthy colors and focus on intense contrasts to aid in conveying the temperatures and moods in each location. Through distortion, I am also able to drastically portray the gradual changes each space undergoes over time. It is my intention to showcase these unique and beautiful abandoned spaces so that they can be shared and enjoyed by everyone."

Robert O. Keith IV
Findley and James 2, oil on canvas, 2014


Art Gallery Series
November 14 - December 17, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Reception TBA

Senior Shows by Graduating FMU Visual Arts Majors

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and the general public.
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Art Gallery Series
December 6-17, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Works by Ceramics and 3-D Design Classes

Students in ceramics classes learn processes and techniques in both wheel-throwing and hand building in the art and craft of pottery. Throwing leads progressively toward stoneware clay tooling, decorating, glazing and firing. As they advance through the curriculum, students add ceramic fabrications methods of slabwork, modeling from solid masses, and press molding.  Multi-part forms and porcelain formula clay bodies are created as artistic discipline develops along with the individual's philosopy, critical awareness and asthetics.

Students taking Three-Dimensional Design classes investigate organization techniques, with special emphasis on the plastic controls of form and space.  They learn to use a variety of tools and various sculptural media, including wood, plaster and clay.
CeramicsDec

Art Gallery Series
January 10 - February 16, 2017

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Exhibits TBA

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Art Gallery Series
February 21 - March 30, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Exhibits TBA

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Art Gallery Series
April 4 - May 6, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Reception TBA


Senior Exhibition by Graduating Visual Arts Majors

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and the general public.

There will be an opening reception at 6:30 pm on April 6.
Gallery


Art Gallery Series
April 25 - May 6, 2017

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Works by Ceramics and 3D Design Classes

Students in ceramics classes learn processes and techniques in both wheel-throwing and hand building in the art and craft of pottery. Throwing leads progressively toward stoneware clay tooling, decorating, glazing and firing. As they advance through the curriculum, students add ceramic fabrications methods of slabwork, modeling from solid masses, and press molding.  Multi-part forms and porcelain formula clay bodies are created as artistic discipline develops along with the individual's philosopy, critical awareness and asthetics.
Ceramics April



Art Gallery Series
May 9 - August 10, 2017

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Exhibits TBA

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About the Art Gallery Series

Walter Sallenger, Art Gallery Curator

The Department of Fine Arts sponsors the Art Gallery Series, hosting varied shows of two and three dimensional works showcasing local and regional artists. Exhibits change regularly throughout the academic year.

The mission of the art galleries program is to present exhibitions that support and enhance the academic goals of the visual arts program at Francis Marion University, providing a non-profit institutional setting in the service of society for educational purposes. Under the supervision of the Fine Arts Department faculty, the galleries curator is committed to researching, exhibiting and interpreting for the purpose of study, objects, activities, and documents focused on the visual arts.
HFAC Gallery
Sculptural Display Cases in Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery
FAC Gallery
Overview of west end of Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery
Art galleries are located in the Hyman Fine Arts Center. The Fine Arts Center Gallery features large cases along glass walls, allowing three-dimensional works to be displayed and viewed from the outdoor breezeway as well as inside the commons serving the Fine Arts Theatre and Adele Kassab Recital Hall. A lighting grid and configurable display partitions provide a flexible gallery space for two- and three-dimensional works throughout the remainder of the gallery.

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. At the end of each semester, the galleries also feature works produced by students enrolled in studio art classes. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and general public.
The Galleries Curator then selects among distinguished regional artists to fill out the Art Gallery Series schedule in order to have two- and three-dimensional shows changing regularly throughout the academic year. The gallery serves as the lobby for Kassab Recital Hall and the Fine Arts Theatre, bringing the visual and performing arts together.

Please check the Arts Calendar for more information about film, music and theatre offerings as well as the Art Gallery Series schedule. Gallery hours are typically 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday except during summer session (June-August), when hours are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday.

Student Show in University Center Gallery
Portion of a Student Show





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