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Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Carly Drew, Painting Exhibition

January 22-February 22

Gallery Talk: February 22 | 4:30 p.m.

Joan Derryberry Art Gallery

Roaden University Center

Carly Drew’s work examines the ever-changing relationships to place through the layers of personal history, industrial changes to the terrain and the rich American landscape painting tradition. Drawing is her media of choice, because it parallels these layers by holding evidence of decisions made during the working process while showing changes in the work that have taken place over time. In using this direct connection of media and concept she works to layer past, present and unseen aspects of a location. By weaving each of these threads into a single image, the end result becomes a small narrative compression of the history, ideas and personal connections to the land. 

Drew holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Clemson University, a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Converse College and a BA in Art History. She's had solo exhibitions at Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia and Morganton City Hall in Morganton, NC. Drew's work has been included in several group exhibitions and she recently curated the "Drawn South" group show at Riverworks Gallery in Greenville, SC. Drew has been published in Glimpse Magazine, 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art by Sandra Salamony, and has work in both national and international collections. She teaches design and drawing at Greenville Technical College and Clemson University, while living in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

Jessica Jones, Fibers Exhibition 

Feb. 26-Mar. 29 

Gallery Talk: Mar. 29 | 4:30 p.m. 

Joan Derryberry Art Gallery 

Roaden University Center

Jess Jones states that “quilts often reveal the circumstances of their makers. While quilts can display access to technology, materials, and leisure time, they also can expose extreme resourcefulness and need.

These discarded quilts, hand sewn by anonymous makers, inspire me to consider those with whom I share the city landscape. I layer these original pieces with geographic data, creating a digitally derived stitched drawing of the topography of a specific location. I address my fellow quilters directly by both quilting my interaction, and connecting formal elements of their work with the geographic locations I am overlaying. I hope for these playful combinations to be slightly more accessible to quilters emphasizing our potentially shared locations and experiences.

Textiles have topography and they naturally lend themselves to work involving landscape. The socioeconomic landscape in Atlanta is changing dramatically and sections of the city shift to include some people and exclude others. Through spoiling these original quilts I preserve them, and my work is a way of feeling connected in a city that does more to separate than connect us.”

Jones is a textile artist and Assistant Professor of Textiles at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia as well as Affiliate Faculty with the Institute of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She received an MFA in Fibers from East Tennessee State University with an undergraduate background in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking. Her work was recently exhibited at Textiles Society Conference in Savannah Georgia as part of “Between: Layering Context in Patchwork.”

Kathryn Jill Johnson, Drawing/Painting Exhibition 

April 2-26 

Gallery Talk: April 26 | 4:30 p.m. 

Joan Derryberry Art Gallery 

Roaden University Center

Kathryn Jill Johnson’s drawings are informed by psychoanalytic theory, symbolist poetry, and absurdist humor. Each work has a “cast of characters,” images in flattened landscapes or ambiguous spaces. These vignettes are Johnson’s way of investigating what makes people be the way they are, but she claims to be the worse sort of detective. She describes her process as piling up clues and rearranging them into melancholic jokes, farcical calamities and occasional moments of grace.

Johnson received her MFA from the University of Georgia and Her BA from the University of South Florida.  She is currently associate professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has exhibited nationally and throughout the southeast, including group exhibitions at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, University of Montevallo the ARC Gallery in Chicago and the Huntsville Museum of Art. She has mounted solo exhibitions at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Berea College, and William Woods University, among others.