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Alumni Art Exhibition

Rebecca Munday, Staff Writer

If you want to see what Armstrong arts alumni have been up to since their graduation, visit the alumni exhibition in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Fine Arts Hall.

 The Statesboro campus has hosted an event like this for many years but it is a first for the Armstrong campus. 

The exhibit is part of an effort to make the event calendars on both campuses coincide. 

The works are done in a range of media including paint, photography and graphic design. 

There is an introductory statement of intent located by the gallery doors for inquiries of creator, piece size,  medium, and sales.

There isn’t a set theme for this exhibit because “We wanted to showcase what the alumni are doing on their own,” explained Gallery Director Raymond Gaddy.

Each artist that submitted work got at least one piece included in the exhibition. 

Gaddy said he used mostly technical criteria, such as the size of the piece to judge them, along with a bit of his own personal preference to determine which pieces were displayed. 

However, he said it was all “strong work”. 

The Alumni Exhibition will be in Fine Arts Hall 129 from now through Sept. 27. 

All photos courtesy of Raymond Gaddy. 


“Sping” By William Ashley Anderson, cyanotype (edition of 3)


“Five Auxillaries” By Cameron Frost, acrylic resin


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Jim Mitchell, “4 Corners”, stoneware clay.


Tyeisha Jenkins, “Untitled”, acrylic on canvas


Gayle Kicklighter, “Peaceful Waves”, acrylic on canvas


“Painters Made a Mess” By Jim Mitchell, stonewall clay


“Morning Sun” By Jimmy Maine, acrylic on canvas


Don’t take it inside – Levitt ‘On the Street’

James Lee Smith plays guitar at reception following Rosenheim's lecture.
James Lee Smith plays guitar at reception following Rosenheim’s lecture.

Elizabeth Rhaney, Photo Editor

The Jepson held a lecture by Jeff L. Rosenheim for their exhibit “Helen Levitt: In the Street” April 24. Rosenheim, a curator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, knew Levitt and talked about her unique approach to photography.

“What is the role of the artist in our society? To follow what they believe have meaning,” he said.

Early on in the lecture, Rosenheim acknowledged how important Levitt was in his life.

“I would not be here if it wasn’t for Helen Levitt,” he said.

Rosenheim said Levitt dropped out of high school to pursue a career in photography. She met famous photographer Walter Evans and the famous writer James Agee.

Her photos were of street life in New York. She used a tool called a right angle viewfinder to get candid, close shots of people. Her photos show children playing, neighbors catching up on events and ordinary scenes that are often overlooked.

“Photography is about paying attention, looking at things afresh,” Rosenheim said. He said Levitt showed that our everyday lives had just as much wonder as any fiction we could imagine.

He showed a picture she took of children playing on the columns of a doorway. The kids, he said, resembled the statues seen on the friezes of ancient Greek architecture. He also showed a picture Levitt took of graffiti. He said Levitt saw graffiti as a “modern hieroglyph and treated it like an archeologist.”

Rosenheim said Levitt made a living as a film editor from 1945 to the 1960s. Her film “In the Street,” released in 1952, is in the Jepson’s exhibit. She worked with James Agee and Janice Loeb on the project.

Rosenheim answered a few questions after the lecture, then went with the audience upstairs to look at the exhibit.

Mike Jones, a visitor to Savannah who is studying photography, was excited to see the exhibit. He had seen some of Levitt’s work before and always had an interest in photography of life in large cities.

Lynne Wilson had not heard of Helen Levitt before but said that the museum publication for the exhibit is what encouraged her to come to the lecture and view the collection.

Many people enjoyed listening to Rosenheim talk about the connection he had with Levitt.

“It was so moving because he knew the artist,” Joyce Herolt said .

“He made her feel as if she was still alive,” Julie Iorio said.

“It was outstanding because of his connection to the artist and love of photography,” said John Jensen, a professor at Armstrong. Although he teaches ceramics, Jensen said he got into art through photography and had studied Levitt’s work.

The exhibit was formed in part through a partnership with the High Museum in Atlanta, which donated 10 works to the show. “In the Street” will be at the Jepson until Sept. 21.

There is also an exhibit of the work of contemporary artist James Nares. “Street” features a 61-minute film played in very slow motion. If played in real time, the film would be three minutes.

The Jepson is also showing “Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon,” “Slavery and Freedom in Savannah,” “Karrie Hovey…the Garden Grows: Inside and Out” and the contemporary art collection of Museum of Modern Art curator Kirk Varnedoe.

There will be a photography camp for kids based on Helen Levitt’s work during the summer. For more information on the camp or any of the events happening at the Telfair Museums visit http://www.telfair.org.