Upcoming and Recent Exhibitions
In Re:Present, Nozari examines the primitive energy that is submerged beneath the layers of the cultural desire to decorate the body. Metal, fine materials, and a dedication to skilled craftsmanship has always been her primary focus. Through these techniques, Nozari seeks to revive traditional jewelry codes in the contemporary jewelry field to increase appreciation for fine materials that adorn the body and to express the beauty of traditional jewelry forms that serve to identify personality and status.
Re:Present is on display from May 31st – June 2nd 2019 and may be seen during Sulfur Studios’ regular business hours, Thursday – Saturday from noon – 5PM or by appointment.
Reception: Saturday, June 1st from 6 - 9PM
Yang’s work is driven by personal psychology and a fascination with the subconscious. She focuses on personal reflections and definitions of the darkness of human nature through traditional formal elements of jewelry. For Yang, the beauty of being human is not only facing the dark side of this inner world but more importantly how to bravely restrain and lock this darkness in the abyss. This exhibition is a bridge for audiences to begin the process of self-reflection in order to face their fear of primal human nature.
Zihan Yang was born in Xi'an, China. She received her Bachelor of Arts in industrial design at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU) in China. She is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in jewelry at Savannah College of Art and Design. She has received many awards including the 2018 Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) Scholarship. Her works have been presented nationally at expositions including the 2018 Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show, the 42nd Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, and the 2019 Smithsonian Craft Show as well as the 2017 South Korea International Art & Design Exhibition: Makers Movement in the 21st Century. As a studio jewelry artist, Yang uses the medium of jewelry to express her point of view for works that bridge sculpture and wearable art.
Abysm is on display from May 31st – June 2nd 2019 and may be seen during Sulfur Studios’ regular business hours, Thursday – Saturday from noon – 5PM or by appointment.
Reception: Saturday, June 1st from 6 - 9PM
“Parallel” is a photographic body of work that investigates time as the universal system of exchange. Money is a representation of tangible time that is collectable, transferable and storable. Utilizing time-dependent photo processes this work creates a parallel currency to represent the relationship.
Paige Bennett Black is earning her MFA Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design. This show is among her last requirements in the program. Upon graduation she will be taking over and running a studio based in Central Michigan.
On display: May 24th & 25th
Reception: Friday, May 24th from 6 - 9PM
“The Remains,” an exhibition by award-winning illustrator Qiuxin Mao, features a body of work that examines the juxtaposition of people, time, and other entities. Through examining the world from a different perspective, she hopes to recall her dreams through her art. For Qiuxin, these works are an expression of amazement toward the never-ceasing splendor of the cosmic world through the eyes of a curious wanderer who hopes to explore and grasp its fleeting beauty.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 17th, 6 pm - 9 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 18th, 2 pm - 3 pm
On View: May 15th - May 19th, 2019, noon - 5pm
Qiuxin Mao is an award-winning illustrator from Beijing, China. In 2016, she completed her B.F.A. in Game and Interactive Media Design at the Communication University of China. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design. Qiuxin possesses a sensitivity toward to elapse of time and the evanescent beauty, which she prominently displays in her comics, illustrations, and motion media projects. Her inspiration derives from multiple creative outlets. These include literature, music, and most importantly, her dreams. In 2019, Qiuxin received the Gold Award in the editorial category at the Spectrum 26 Awards Ceremony. She hopes to build on this achievement and immerse her audience in a world of fantasy through her works.
Dandi Gu graduated with M.A. in Business Design and Arts Leadership at Savannah College of Art and Design and earned her B.F.A. degree in Multimedia Digital Art and Design from the China Academy of Art. Gu devotes herself as a curator and creative consultant collaborating with talented artists from various background and nationalities, including fashion designers, performing artists, illustrators, sound designers to curate exhibitions and shows both in China and the United States. Currently, Gu works and lives in New York and Savannah.
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As a Chinese artist who has lived in the United States for seven years, Edges of Savannah reflects Wang’s visual impressions of the borders of the city of Savannah from a hybrid perspective that reveals the socio-economic landscape through the lens of cross-cultural interpretation.
Wang’s photographic work focuses on the urban landscape and social culture in the Southern United States. About his work, he says, “photography as an art form is one of the most effective ways to communicate and educate, because photographs are inherently realistic visual documents that can reflect both truthful information and the ideas and attitudes of the photographer.” Edges of Savannah is comprised of three parts that include documentation of neighborhoods at the margins of the city, the industrialized landscape, and night photography. Collectively these images translate moments of transition between city and suburb, residential areas and industrial places, and day and night.
Edges of Savannah is on display from May 9th – 11th and may be seen during Sulfur Studios’ regular business hours, Thursday – Saturday from noon – 5PM or by appointment.
Reception: Friday, May 10th from 6 - 9PM
/SAVWÄR 'FER/ is an immersive art experience that aims to explore our own culture, race, sexuality, and gender; drawing from our spiritual and ancestral roots in an effort to expose the lesser seen aspects of ones self. GIRLS FADED aims to be an inclusive art collective comprised of CiCi Renée, Alison Lopez, and Jadyn Coolidge and Max Pollak.
Reception: Friday, May 3rd from 6 - 9PM
In This Skin explores feminine identity by reproducing found images of women. Kummerer pulled from historical paintings and current images all depicting idealized beauty and sexuality. By distorting the image using bright colors, large globs of paint and kitschy craft materials the work becomes a playful approach to the subject. Whether it is a historical European painting, pornography or an advertisement the women’s counter part is the male gaze thus reducing her to an object. The female image has often been characterized by the idea that a woman is available for the pleasure of the viewer; passive and aware of her part. In this work, the normally vulnerable subject takes the gaze back from the beholder by staring directly at the viewer. The paintings are not classically rendered, attempting to delineate perfection, but instead show a messy process that superimposes beauty and crudeness to depict the true exploration of the female self.
In This Skin is on display from April 18th - 20th with a Reception on Friday, April 19th from 6 - 9PM
Favoring playful colors and a build up of texture, Kendra’s process is proportionately important to the meaning. Through the pushing and pulling and squirting of paint a beauty coincides with disarray. With caked on paint and tacked on adornments her paintings take on a sculptural effect. Kendra skillfully combines fine art with a messy and unstructured technique.
Often featuring the female form Kendra is interested in sexuality and beauty in the context of art and voyeurism. She finds inspiration from artists like Marlene Dumas, Summer Wheat, Ghada Amer and Louise Bourgeois. These women painters depict the abstracted female form exploring female identity from a female point of view. Through each layer of paint Kendra ends up probing at her own identify leaving a piece of herself behind in each piece.
Kendra Kummerer (b. 1992 San Jose, Costa Rica) received a BA for painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Recent group shows include Pink, Sycamore Place Gallery, Atlanta (2016) and Just Look at It, Ferrari Fine Art, Atlanta (2015). Her work was sold at auction during An Affair of the Art, Atlanta (2017) and is a part of the Boca West Collection in Boca Raton, Florida (2016).
“Topocene” by Coleman Camp addresses the current state of land and human’s engagement with it.
This land is our land. Our house, our home, our mother grown old. It has shed itself for us, now only bearing the cost of freedom. Where have you been in this? What are you doing for tomorrow?
On display: April 11th - 13th
Opening Reception: Friday, April 12th from 6 - 9PM
For our Spring national juried exhibition, artists were invited to submit work in a circular format. TONDO IN TOTO” features work in a range of media that considers the conceptual and compositional challenges of working within a circle.
A. Drew Odum
Juror’s Talk: March 23rd at 2PM
Closing Reception: Friday, April 5th from 6 - 9PM
Reception: Thursday, March 14th from 6 - 9PM
From Nagpal’s Statement:
“We are enveloped in a world of creation where we see through the lens of materials. Materials do not just service an idea rather they lead to many ideas. Discovering the Unknown features a series of horsehair wall panels. In all the artworks, each horse hair has undergone immense transformation by various processes like twisting, knotting and bending.”
Nikita Nagpal is a textile designer, born and raised in New Delhi, India. Currently based in Savannah, Georgia she explores many ideas by transforming horsehair, through the improvisational movement of the hand. She examines this phenomenon to understand the way 'form' occurs in craft.
Discovering the Unknown is on display from March 7th – 9th 2019 and may be seen during the gallery’s normal business hours, Thursday – Saturday, noon to 5PM. Join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, March 8th from 6 – 9PM.
Taking inspiration from Nicolas Bourriand’s manifesto on relational aesthetics, Call for Memories subverts the object-based art scene by offering an interactive experience. As a group meditation on the life events that define us, the exhibit asks participants to reflect upon those memories that define them--whether they are painful, beautiful, or a combination thereof.
Curator Chelsea Voss is a graduate student enrolled in the Business Design and Arts Leadership program at SCAD, with a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Florida. Her body of work over the past 10 years as an artist and curator explores the intersection of psychology and neuroscience. The concept for Call for Memories was born from her experience watching Alzheimer's steal her father's memories and sense of self.
Call for Memories is on display from February 28th – March 2nd 2019 and may be seen during the gallery’s normal business hours, Thursday – Saturday, noon to 5PM. The Opening Reception will take place from 6 - 9PM on March 1st in conjunction with First Fridays in Starland.
"I DON'T MIND" is a body of work that confronts the unhealthy ways that people deal with grief. The works are comprised of cellular structures of life-threatening illnesses that have taken away or impacted the lives of those closest to the artist. The images are reconstructed to look like non-objective abstract paintings in an attempt to hide what they truly are.
"I DON'T MIND" is on display from February 22nd through February 23rd and may be viewed from 12:00PM-5:00PM.
As human civilization develops, people have come to dominate the landscape. Landscaping has been an important part of human history for a long time. People have made efforts to shape their environment into an attractive display. The passion for landscaping and the enthusiasm for controlling the natural environment appeared in the past when humans started to learn and interact with nature and the landscape, promoting a pleasing relationship between humans and nature. Most of the subjects in this body of work communicate a sense of strangeness. They are often overlooked by people, but my photographs reveal that people are passionate about modifying the natural environment. By documenting the controlled natural environment in our surroundings, this body of work explores how modified trees and bushes and indoor plants reflect human culture, how we understand the landscape, and how we appreciate and control nature.
Reception: Friday, February 15th from 6 - 9PM
Sulfur Studios invited artists to submit work for our winter nation-wide call for entry exhibition SOFT: A Sculpture Exhibition. Artists were prompted: How does working in soft materials affect the presence and impact of sculptural forms? What can be gained/what is compromised when rigidity is abandoned for flexibility?
SOFT: A Sculpture Exhibition is on display from January 18th through February 2nd, with an Opening Reception on January 18th and the Closing Reception on February 1st in conjunction with First Fridays in Starland. The exhibition may also be seen during the gallery’s normal business hours, Thursday – Saturday, noon to 5PM.
Sarina Angell, Kelly Boehmer, Kevin Clancy, Becca Cook, Doris Grieder, Antonia Larkin,
Lindsay Obermeyer, Shannon Owen, Blaine Steiner and Hannah Surace
"ON::VIEW Year::One", an exhibition celebrating the first year of residencies at Sulfur Studios.
Featuring work from each of our residents in 2018:
Honor Hall and Gregory Eltringham
Lisa D. Watson
Craig Deppen Auge
Opening Reception: Friday, January 4th from 6 - 9PM
The exhibition will remain on view through January 12th, with open gallery hours noon to 5pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
This Member Only exhibition will feature an eclectic mix of work by local artists at affordable prices for December’s Art March. All work is priced at $200 and under, making this the perfect opportunity to purchase art to use as holiday gifts!
"White Elephant" is on display from November 29th - December 15th and may be seen during the studios' regular business hours: Thursday - Saturday, noon - 5PM or by appointment.
JORDAN FITCH MOONEY
Reception: Friday, December 7th from 6 - 9PM
For this nation-wide Call for Entry, Sulfur Studios invited artists working in traditional craft media (Ceramic, Fibers, Glass, Metals, Paper, and/or Wood) to submit work, with Guest Juror Ceramicist Jessica Broad.
Artists were encouraged to push the boundaries of what “functional” means, including work that is conceptual or satirical, along side more traditional craft forms.
Julia Licht, Sara Farrington, Kevin Hird, Chloe Irla, Lacy Miller, Jennifer Hallsey, Suzanne Hokanson, Audrey Hetzel, Sara Feldman, Bethany Panhorst, Maria Alejandra Icaza, Heather Mae Erickson, Michael Webster, Kevin Josephson, Nathalie Maiello, Gabriel Mo, Lora Rust, Tristyn Bustamente, Sam Beetler II, Joanna Angell, Emma Walters, Ashley Havy and Jenn Angell
About Guest Juror, Jessica Broad:
Jessica Broad is an artist living and working in Savannah, GA. Her art explores the sculptural and functional potentials of clay and other media. She also has strong interests in drawing and printmaking. She received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1996 and her M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in 2003. She has completed residencies at the Vermont Clay Studio and the Baltimore Clayworks, where she received the Lormina Salter fellowship. She was honored with the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant in Visual Arts: Crafts in 2006. Jessica has been teaching ceramics since 2001, she is currently a professor at SCAD and coordinator of the Savannah Clay Community.
"Function: An Exhibition of Contemporary Craft" is on display from November 8th through the 24th, and may be seen during the gallery’s normal business hours, Thursday – Saturday, noon to 5PM.
Something else is what hasn’t been defined yet. It is uncertainty. Something is still finding its definition. It can’t be categorized and has to put it aside. It is confusion. It could thrive or decline. It is a middle place between something and nothing. The exhibition is finding the answer of what are we really making? Is it something, nothing or something else? Maybe back to an old question – are we painting or crafting?
Jia Zeng (b.1995, Xiamen, China) received a B.F.A in painting in 2018 summer from Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. She has travelled to Hong Kong and France over the past year, showing her work in Savannah and Lacoste. Her painting deals with emotions, using metaphorical and poetic perception. She combines the fiber elements and the found objects in weaving and her small work.
Reception: Thursday, October 11th from 6 - 9PM
"Rule of Four" A Group Photography Exhibition by Insley Smullen, Laura Pleasants, Geoff L Johnson and Tim Foster
Rule of Four showcases four photographers’ adjoining perspectives on the population of, and the perceived distance between, contrasting geographies and landscapes. The Reception is in conjunction with First Fridays in Starland.
About the Artists:
Laura Pleasants grew up in Greensboro, NC. In 2002 she earned BFAs from SCAD in both Photography and Graphic Design. While attending SCAD, she formed the influential indie metal band KYLESA, which resulted in her touring the world for thirteen years. Most of the photos shown here are from her extensive travels.
maidenmist@instagram | laurapleasantsphotography@tumblr
Insley Smullen was hatched from a speckled egg in the temperate forests of Western Maryland. While alive on Earth, she strives to explore the connections between the human and animal, growth and decay, the body and the environment. Using a medium format twin lens camera, Insley photographs in natural settings that are at once eerie and familiar, using subjects both living and dead.
Tim Foster arrived in Savannah in 1999, and received his BFA from SCAD in 2005. Since then, his work as a rope access technician has afforded him a view of Savannah that is rarely experienced. This body of work embraces his unique perspective and invites the viewer into an altered state of awareness by way of combining elements of panoramic, landscape, macro, and portrait photography. forgefoster@instagram
Geoff Johnson has over 25 years of varied photography experience. His long-standing passion for travel and documenting personal experiences is still at the heart of his work today. In addition to his personal work, Geoff keeps busy as a professional freelance photographer and is available for projects, big and small.
geoffphotos@instagram | geoffsphotos.com
Rule of Four is on display from October 4th – 6th, 2018, and may be seen during the gallery’s business hours, Thursday – Saturday, noon to 5PM or by appointment.
Reception: October 5th from 6 – 9PM
On display: September 20th – 29th
Closing Reception: September 28th from 6 – 9PM
For this National Call for Entry, artists were prompted to submit artwork on the theme of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that outlawed restrictions on abortions. They were prompted: Why is Roe v. Wade important to you? And does its relevance change with the very real threat of its repeal? This exhibition is presented in conjunction with guest curators Heather MacRae, Chela Gutierrez, and Jeremiah Jossim.
Jenny E. Balisle
For this nation-wide Call for Entry, Sulfur Studios invited artists to submit work in all media inspired by graffiti and street art to be displayed in a gallery setting. Artists were asked: How does the context of the gallery change the impact the work has on the viewer? What happens when the work is removed from the street and placed in a white box environment? How does this transition from public to private spheres alter the reception of the work’s message? Does this in some way legitimize street art, or remove its integrity? Entries were juried by a committee of Sulfur Studios members, with special guest curator Adolfo H Alvarado.
Out of Context Artists:
Michael Close, Ruth Spellman, Caleb Kennedy, Anne Bessac, Carmela Aliffi, Phoebe Teeters, Zechariah Rosenmeier, Andre Bertolino, Evan Stolers, Jay Hollick and Susan Harmon
"Out of Context" is on display from August 24th - September 8th, 2018, and may be seen during the gallery’s normal business hours, Thursday – Saturday, noon to 5PM. Also come check out the show on Saturday, August 25th as we do a Juror Talk, Tour and Demo with Adolfo.
“Breaking Through” is a group exhibition of contemporary jewelry. It is curated by Qiong Wu, who is an M.A candidate majoring in both Business Design & Arts Leadership and Jewelry Design at Savannah College of Art and Design.
“Breaking Through” is on display from August 3rd to 5th. The exhibition involves about 40 pieces of jewelry from 4 artists: Shuoyuan Bai, Zihan Yang, Miao He, and Xiangyin Shi. Each artist conveys their stories and understanding of issues through their one of a kind artworks. The exhibition is free to the public, and it will be an excellent chance for the audiences who love art, jewelry, and new things.
The name “Breaking Through” contains two meanings. The first meaning refers to the contemporary jewelry breaking through the boundary and limitation of traditional jewelry making techniques and materials. The second meaning implies the exhibition is breaking through the current situation of the art market in Savannah and brings the new art form to the market.
Friday, August 3rd, 6 pm – 9 pm (Opening Reception)
Saturday, August 4th, 12 pm – 5 pm (Fun Jewelry Event)
Sunday, August 5th, 12 pm – 5 pm
Another Trip Into The Void is an arts exhibition with a focus on psychedelic, surreal, and abstract art featuring 7 artists from across the United States and Europe. The exhibition takes place July 25th - 28th. Featured Artists: Brian Spadafora, Eliza Woods Harrison, Jonathan Mayers, Lindsay Gustafson (also curator), Sarah Ward, Sean Michael Self and Stephanie Trujillo.
The Artist Reception and Psychedelic Costume Contest will be held on Friday, July 27th from 6-9 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be provided! Costumes are encouraged!!! All ages are welcome to attend, experience some incredible art, and have an amazing and fun evening!
An exhibition about an exploration of material manipulations to describe reality through inference and interaction. Griffin's expansive imagination is best expressed through her figurative abstractions of the human condition. A modern deconstructionist, she dismisses the control of explaining and describing, and ignites curiosity by implying and suggesting
form and figure. Her visual perspective is highly influenced by her “eagle eye,” an
undiagnosed legally blind eye, only treated in adulthood. As a result, from early on, she
unconsciously learned to understand visual imagery as an assumption of reality. The
daughter of a space architect and classical organist, she attended Savannah College
of Art and Design for Painting and Illustration. In addition to her inexhaustible
enthusiasm for visual expression, she has been a stylist for over 10 years, a display artist,
a buyer, a yacht and automotive painter, body painter, illustrator, art teacher, and yoga
instructor for 8+ years. Chaos and imperfection continue to fascinate her as she uses
turbulent surfaces to tell the stories of exploring material manipulations in her work.
The Closing Reception on Friday, June 22nd is free and open to the public, and will be
accompanied by refreshments and DJ Jose Ray.
"Exploring" is on display from June 14th through the 23rd and may be seen during the
gallery’s business hours: Thursday – Saturday, noon – 5 PM or by appointment.
This exhibit marks the fourth in a continuing series of exhibitions that showcases work produced in the Experimental Digital Printmaking class in the Photography Department of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
This exhibit showcases work produced by the adventurous student artists who have elected to throw the predictability of typical digital output out the window and challenge the idea of what physical digital output might be.
This is not work that easily happens. It does not come with any guarantee of success. If anything, it defines the old adage that “experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want!’ The results that you are witness to in this exhibit are dense with experience. This is not work for those who expect predictable outcomes.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1st from 6 - 9PM