Seeing Is Believing with Emory’s Parthenon Project

Emory students under the direction of Bonna Wescoat, Professor of Greek Art and Architecture, address the longstanding question of why an ornate frieze was located in a seemingly obscure position high on the outside wall of the Parthenon.

On November 10, 2012, students erected a replica of panels of the frieze at the Nashville, Tenn., Parthenon. Then they asked bystanders what they could see.

Visit Parthenon Project Blog

See eScienceCommons Blog post about the Project


In the News: Julia Kjelgaard (Visual Arts)

Visual arts professor Julia Kjelgaard has joined a distinguished list of artists to be included in the “Ed Ruscha Books & Co.” show (March 5 – April 27), at the Gagosian Gallery, New York. The work is coincidentally being cataloged into the UCLA Arts Library Artist Book Collection at this time from the Judith Hoffberg collection.

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Clay and Science Brings Together Biology and Visual Arts

“Clay and Science: A Symbiotic Relationship” (Ceramics I) brought together the fields of visual arts and biology to arrive at a better understanding of symbiosis. After exploring this concept in lectures, labs and studio trips, students explored symbiosis through art–shape, size, color, and forms–and created pieces for their final project. Visual Arts lecturer Diane Kempler teamed up with Nicole Gerardo, assistant professor of biology, to offer the class, which was divided into one three-hour studio session and a one-hour evening discussion.

Related Media

Profile of Prof. Kempler in Spring 2011 Quadrangle Magazine

See YouTube videos of Prof. Kempler’s Coan Middle School Garden Art Project

Prof. Gerardo’s tour of the complex world of fungus-growing ants (YouTube)


Breakdance and Step at Emory’s Visual Arts Gallery

Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men (BAM) and Skeleton Crew met interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers (an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program) and showed off some moves (and added their imprint to those of many others around the world) on his floor piece “Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II” (March 21, 2012 at Emory’s Visual Arts Gallery). The event was sponsored by the Visual Arts Gallery and Art Papers Live!

Also check out the original breakdance video (2000) using the floor piece.

Seniors Choose to Create Art for a Living

See the Emory Wheel article (01.23.12) on Emory College seniors who are planning to work in art after graduation. The article profiles Gillian Kramer (Theater), Kala Seidenberg (Dance), Matt Gaynes (Film), and Charlotte Watts (Visual Arts).

With graduation fast approaching, Emory seniors are faced with a question: What’s next? This question is a particularly difficult one for students whose passions lie in the arts. Artists cannot spring forth into the world expecting to find a desk job awaiting them — they must work hard to get their names out there, network with others in their field and find a niche. So what, exactly, do the graduating artists of Emory have planned?

Read the full article


“Piedmont Divide” Project Brings Campus Together

In this YouTube video, Linda Armstrong, a senior lecturer in the Visual Arts Department and a sculptor who works in a wide variety of media, talks about the “Piedmont Divide” project by John Grade, a Seattle-based environmental artist, involving the Emory Quad and Candler Lake in the Lullwater Preserve.

See “Creativity” blog post and video of John Grade on the project


Participants Needed for John Grade Art Project


The Emory Visual Arts Gallery invites you to be a part of the monumental public art project at Emory University by Seattle-based environmental sculptor John Grade, whose work has gained accolades for its beauty, artistic impact, and non-invasive utilization of biodegradable materials.

Piedmont Divide will draw the public’s attention to water as a natural and often scarce resource through a temporary and non-invasive artistic intervention. Grade’s use of public sculptural art in combination with Emory University’s commitment to sustainability and strengths in science, health, social research, and public health will highlight important conversations between science and art and bring environmental awareness to students, the greater Atlanta community, and the Southeastern region.

There are several ways to get involved:


We need volunteers every day from Tuesday, November 8 through Saturday, November 19, including weekends, to help John Grade build the sculptures. Volunteer locations will include the artist’s studio (located in the Visual Arts Gallery), the Quadrangle and Lullwater Park.


Morning: 9:00 AM – 12 NOON

Afternoon: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Afternoon: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Evening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Emory Visual Arts Gallery

Wear work clothes and be prepared to work both inside the artist’s studio in the gallery and outside at the project sites. If you can, please bring at least 2 clear plastic bottles (or more!) to help with the bottle collection (see below).


Or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Faith McClure (, 404-727-6315).

This is a great opportunity for…

— local community members interested in volunteering for the arts in Atlanta;

— those interested in environmentalist initiatives;

— Emory classes and student organizations;

— fraternity/sorority community service fulfillments;

— art students and artists looking for experience working with an internationally renowned environmental artist.


We’re collecting over 20,000 clear plastic bottles that will be repurposed to form large-scale sculptural installations in both the Emory Quadrangle and Lullwater Preserve.

Bring your recycled clear plastic bottles to the Emory Visual Arts Gallery.


Please also join us for one or all of these events…

All events at the Visual Arts Gallery unless otherwise noted.

Welcome Reception for John Grade
Monday, November 7 from 7:30–9 pm
Open to the public; RSVP here.

Creativity Conversation with John Grade and Julia Kjelgaard
Wednesday, November 16 at 5 pm
Open to the public; no RSVP required.
Location: Carlos Museum Reception Hall

Dinner & Panel Discussion with John Grade:
The Intersection of Art, Science, and Sustainability
Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 – 8 pm
Open to the public; pizza will be served; no RSVP required.

Talking about Creativity at the Arts Soiree



In these YouTube videos from the 2011 Arts Soiree, Emory College students and Dean Robin Forman talk about the power of creativity in their lives.

The Soiree brought out hundreds of students and faculty to exchange ideas, sample art programs and opportunities at Emory — as well as make music, art and dance in front of the Schwartz Center.

Want to feel even more creative? Check out the Emory Creativity & Arts blog.

Emory’s Tibet Week showcases Tibetan Buddhist culture

Emory University’s 11th annual Tibet Week, set for March 28-April 2, will feature music, art, lectures, panel discussions and other exhibits and events for both adults and children.

Opening Ceremony
Emory Quadrangle
Noon, Monday, March 28

Features Tibetan Sangsol smoke offerings and led by Geshe Lobsang Negi, director of the Emory-Tibet Parnership, with monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., Atlanta.

The ceremony will be followed by live exhibitions of the Tibetan Sand Mandala created by monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, and Butter Sculpture by Sonan Dhargye in Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Exhibitions continue throughout the week in the Carlos Museum with lectures, films and guided meditations.

Panel Discussion: “Will Tibet Survive?”
7:30-9:00 p.m., Friday, April 1
Carlos Museum Reception Hall

Lobsang Nyandak, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representative to the United States; Jamyang Norbu, leading Tibetan activist; and other prominent Tibetan scholars will discuss the Middle Way Approach to the resolution of the Tibet issue.

Performance: “Tibetan Songs of Love and Freedom”
8:00-10:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2
Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Rd.

Tibetan singer-songwriter Techung will perform with guest musicians. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Tibet Week events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The Carlos Museum is located in the Emory quadrangle at 571 Kilgo Circle, Emory. Visitor parking is available in Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 N. Decatur Rd. For additional information email, or call 404.712.9296.

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