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A Wide World of Arts: Check out Georgia Southern's November highlights

While the Averitt Center for the Arts downtown serves as the cornerstone of artistic resources for Statesboro, it's worth noting that Georgia Southern University contributes to the local arts scene and offers a diverse array of cultural experiences and events open to the public, as well. In the following month, there are several exciting opportunities you won't want to miss! Explore the arts beyond the familiar, and let's dive into what Georgia Southern has in store for you.
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A 2023 juried exhibition in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art

While many of the community art resources for Statesboro are provided through the Averitt Center for the Arts downtown, did you know that Georgia Southern also offers a range of art experiences and events for the community to enjoy? Here are just a few upcoming opportunities you can check out next month!

1) A Rotating Gallery

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, named after a Statesboro native, is home to two rotating galleries in Statesboro where art exhibitions and regular artist talks take place. These galleries host about 24 exhibitions per school year between the two of them and the additional rotating gallery on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah.

Gallery Director, Jason Hoelscher, shared, "These exhibitions range from BFA/undergraduate juried and graduation shows, to MFA thesis exhibitions, to exhibitions of work by local, regional, national, and occasionally international artists. Our focus is always interdisciplinary, so we might have shows of ceramics and textiles up at the same time as digital or new media work, or paintings, and so forth. It's a big, wide art world out there, so I do my best to program a range of work that will speak to the student body and to the larger community."

The best way to register for these events is by email. You can sign up using the following registration link.

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Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at GS

 

2) A Motley Crew of Merry “Men”

In addition to the gallery, the department also hosts theatre performances throughout the semester. The next upcoming show on the Statesboro campus is "Marian (Or the True Tale of Robin Hood)" by Adam Szymkowicz, beginning on November 8th. In this hilarious new take on the classic, Robin Hood is Maid Marian in disguise. Tickets can be purchased online.

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3) Jerry Saltz Lecture: “The Art World Problem”

On November 9th, Betty Foy and Telfair Museums partner together to bring renowned art critic Jerry Saltz to Savannah for a 60-minute lecture titled "The Art World Problem." The event starts at 7 PM with a Q&A session and a book signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public and will be hosted in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Armstrong Campus.

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Flyer for upcoming Jerry Saltz Lecture sourced on Facebook, College of Arts and Humanities

 

4) All Fired Up! Holiday Sale: Supporting Local Artisans

Georgia Southern and the Averitt Center frequently collaborate to bring many popular events to the community. One such event is the biannual "All Fired Up! Holiday Sale," offering a unique opportunity for local artists and GS students to partner together and showcase their work. Including ceramics, fine arts, and jewelry, there will be a variety of unique pieces to discover.

Mark your calendars for the sale, which runs from November 30th to December 2nd. As the holiday season approaches, this is an excellent chance to shop locally and support artisans right here in your community.

More information and a sign-up link can be found on the Averitt Center's All Fired Up page.

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For more information about gallery showings and theatre events at Georgia Southern, please consult the schedules available at the Center for Art & Theatre website.

Grice Connect's Arts & Culture column is growing, and we're interested in hearing from you. If you know of a local creative with a compelling story to share, please contact journalist Julianna A. Leverette at juliannaaleverette@gmail.com.

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