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piedmont-ms-museum-lo-kf4m0028To all Art Alumni!

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With the opening of a downtown museum and new art production studios, the Art Department at Piedmont has undergone phenomenal changes in the past few years. To celebrate, we are inviting former art majors to take part in our first Art Alumni Exhibition, which will feature the best work of the talented artist who have made the Piedmont program so successful. Even if you do notwish to enter the show, I hope you will attend the show reception in the new Smith-Williams Art Studios.

THE ALUMNI EXHIBIT will run from April 2-9 in the new Smith-Williams Studios gallery and is open for all alumni to submit works of any medium. Please register the artwork you would like to submit with the online form at www.piedmont.edu/alumni-art. All physical artwork must be submitted to the gallery by March 27. If you have any questions or concerns about submitting your work, please contact Chris Kelly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
THE RECEPTION will take place during Alumni Weekend, 2-4 p.m., Sunday, April 6, and will celebrate the artwork and reunion of art alumni, followed by a tour of the facilities and the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art. All alumni are welcome to attend.
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RSVP by March 1, 2014, to the Art Exhibition Reception and other Alumni Weekend events here.

If you have not been to campus recently, this is also your chance to see the stunning Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, which opened in the former art classroom building in downtown Demorest. Built to house a permanent collection of art donated by Piedmont alum Dr. Bill Mason ('57) and Bob Scharfenstein, the museum is also home to a variety of exhibits by nationally prominent artists. Museum director Daniel White has an exciting exhibition schedule this semester including visiting artists Rosemary Dodd ('69) and Jurgen Tarrasch.

art-studio-lo-kf4m5854Also new to the campus are the Smith-Williams Art Studios. This modern, three-story building gives Piedmont students separate spaces to conduct classes in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, and sculpture. Other recent news includes the addition of majors in undergraduate Art Education, Art Therapy, and Arts Administration. Our faculty have led study abroad trips to Italy and Japan, and this summer Professor Brian Hitselberger will lead a trip to France. Under the direction of Professor Kaitlin Botts, Trillium is in its fourth year as an expanded and rebranded publication for Piedmont fine arts and literature.

On behalf of the faculty, I would like to invite you to come home and participate in the Alumni Art Exhibition. We are excited by this opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and hear how you have been doing.

Chris Kelly
Art Department Chair