Exhibitor listing
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Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University
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Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University
10 Peachtree Center Avenue
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Atlanta, GA GA 30302-4107
United States
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Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University
10 Peachtree Center Avenue
Suite 117
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
United States
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E-mail address : jkuntz@gsu.edu
Website : http://artdesign.gsu.edu
The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University offers undergraduate art degrees such as B.A., B.F.A., or advanced degrees such as an M.A., M.F.A. and MAE.

Other Artists represented by the Gallery:

  • Andrew Adamson

    Andrew Adamson

    Biography : Andrew Adamson has been creating art for most of his life, but he inevitably found ceramics to be the perfect canvas for his ornery illustrations of nonsense. His ability to manipulate clay in such a convincing way will make you momentarily forget that you’re looking at something so effortlessly silly. Andrew attended the University of West Florida for his BFA and is pursuing his MFA at Georgia State University. Detailed Description :
    Andrew is "really serious about being really silly". He treats humor like “a big cozy blanket that one can wrap themselves up in to stave off the cold.” There is too much to be serious about, laughter is the best medicine, and he uses his sculpture to reduce the fever. In his ceramic work, he uses traditional techniques to illustrate brief vignettes of humor to help oppose the bleakness. He offers the illusion of sobriety through a highly rendered sculpture, but he’ll try to get you drunk on its ridiculousness. Deploying this methodology of comedy not only allows for an often callous honesty but also an inclusivity that is frequently absent in the art world. All things considered, he is “just looking for a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.” Andrew’s sculptural ceramic work combines highly rendered forms with a slightly prickly humor. Instead of avoiding the notion that a funny piece of sculpture may be taken less seriously, he leans into this idea with a deadpan awareness. Whether he is critiquing a serious societal concern, the potential stuffiness of fine art, or just creating contradictory, absurd aberrations of god, his main concern is that you’re having a good time.
  • Aaron Artrip

    Aaron Artrip

    Biography : Aaron Artrip is an Atlanta based musician and artist focusing on the relationship between himself and consumer electronics. He searches through discarded, often forgotten, analog and digital hardware systems to find musical forms of rhythm, pitch, and pattern. Aarons work takes many forms including drawings, prints, sound recordings, installations, and performances.His current project is “The Big Dum Drum Machine.” Detailed Description :
    Aaron’s work is an interpretation of an Audio Visual Experience. Our everyday lives are audio visual experiences, but often cued and on a loop. His work looks to explore the relationship between humans and their connections to sound and visuals through older consumer electronics. His background is in music and printmaking. Both are process intensive and he incorporates this intention in the process of his work. He considers vibration to be the subtle energy that draws him into the work. Experimentation is a large part of his work and he uses this layer of inconsistency to allow chance opportunities of conversations between the work and himself. His end result is an artifact to the process of “what happens if I do this?"
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  • Jessica Caldas

    Jessica Caldas

    Biography : Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta based artist, advocate, and activist. She has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery’s Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. She is currently a 2018-2020 Creative Project Resident. She was awarded The Center for Civic Innovations 2016 Creative Impact award, named Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for t he Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award in 2014. Her work has been featured in Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more.Jessica Caldas is currently pursuing her MFA at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA. Detailed Description :
    Jessica’s work connects personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. She is concerned with those stories rendered mundane through their pervasiveness, especially the lived experience of everyday violence. Her work has most often focused on the stories common in women’s lives, battling the stigma and diminishing of those experiences through storytelling, performance, and multidisciplinary work.
  • Shanequa Gay

    Shanequa Gay

    Biography : Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta native, received her AA in Graphic Design and Fashion Marketing from the Art Institute of Atlanta, a BA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD, summa cum laude, and is currently an MFA candidate at Georgia State University. She is one of ten selected artists for OFF THE WALL a city-wide mural initiative led by WonderRoot and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee (2018. In 2013, Gay was chosen by The Congressional Club to be the illustrator for the First Lady’s Luncheon hostess gift for First Lady Michelle Obama. Gay’s work includes features in the Lions Gate film Addicted, the BET television series Being Mary Jane and Zoe Ever After, and the OWN series Greenleaf. Solo exhibitions include the Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA (2015; Anne O Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2016; Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC (2017; Mary S. Byrd Gallery, Augusta University, Augusta, GA (2018; Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC (2018; and Milliken Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC (2018. Group exhibitions include Xhibiting Blackness, Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA (2014; WonderRoot CSA: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA (2015; Personal Politics: Artist as Witness, Memory Keepers, & Social Conscience, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA (2016; New Painting, The Southern Gallery, Charleston, SC (2016; 5 Perspectives, Steffen Thomas Museum, Buckhead, GA (2018. Residencies include Independent Study, Iwakuni, Japan (2014; The Creatives Project Artist-in-Studio Program, The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (2015-2017; and Baldwin’s Room Artist in Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa (2017. Public Collections include The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong; The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, Augusta, GA; The Chattanooga African American Museum, Chattanooga, TN; and Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta, GA. Detailed Description :
    Through a combination of consensual and forced realities, folklore, dream, tradition, and the afterlife, Gay explores the historical and contemporary social concerns of black culture to teach lessons about morality, society, identity, and human function. Gayʼs work is highly invested in activism, challenging issues such as police brutality, the prison pipeline, and wealth disparities. Gay has taken up the gauntlet of representational justice in order to visually depict the repercussions of systemic racism. By integrating hybrid imagery her intent is to collapse hierarchies and create empathy concerning the feeling of not belonging, otherness, along with a sense of power, and mysticism. Through painting, performance, media, sculpture, and fabric motifs she has cultivated her own myths, survivor narratives, and new memories, by embodying the voice of the victimized. Her work evaluates place, history, and subject matter to develop imaginative dialogues and alternative strategies for black self-imaging by uprooting social proscriptions and challenging political norms.
  • Amin Ghasemi

    Amin Ghasemi

    Biography : Amin Ghasemi is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist who lives in Atlanta, GA. He received a BFA in Photography from University of Tehran and he is a current MFA Candidate in Photography at Georgia State University. He works with sound, motion visuals, digital painting, and photography to explore meditative and altered states of consciousness. He is the recipient of Ernest G. Welch Fellowship Award in 2016 and Welch Photography Award for Graduate Summer research in 2018. Detailed Description :
    mediaThere is an ancient Taoist belief, that in the middle of the ocean there are a cluster of islands where immortals dwell. This belief was one of the inspirations for Buddhist Zen gardens. The idea of meditation was not about natural aesthetic beauty, but a way to reach total freedom of the mind. In this series of digital paintings, Amin is inspired by this Taoist story and the practice of Zen gardens. He creates an infinite landscape which invites the viewer to contemplate and and strive to reach a meditative moment. In these works, he uses the “unrestricted space and infinite planes,” which originate from the tradition of Eastern miniature painting, to achieve that. In this series of digital paintings, Amin is inspired by this Taoist story and the practice of Zen gardens. He creates an infinite landscape which invites the viewer to contemplate and and strive to reach a meditative moment. In these works, he uses the “unrestricted space and infinite planes,” which originate from the tradition of Eastern miniature painting, to achieve that.
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  • Mohammad Javad Jahangir

    Mohammad Javad Jahangir

    Biography : Mohammad Javad Jahangir is an Iranian photographer who lives in Atlanta. He is an MFA candidate at Georgia State University. Mohammad studied Art at Vije and Mahemehr art institutes in Tehran and also Has a B.A in Law from Kharazmi University. The dominant theme in his work is distinguished by observation of his surroundings and an ongoing investigation of the photographic medium’s foundations through code and software. He has participated in an art residency in Viafarini organization for contemporary art in Milan, Italy in 2015 as well as in various exhibitions around the world, including shows in museums such as the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and The Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Jahangir is an honorable member of the Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Visual Art, Tehran, Iran; National Iranian Photographers’ Society (NIPS); and International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP).RE:Program_ Detailed Description :
    My photo-based artworks examine visual representations of social groups and explore technological and material aspects of photographic media. I investigate photographic medium’s foundations and possibilities of photographic representation. Expanding the photographic image beyond its frame, traditional format, and the narrative is central to my artistic strategies. In my art practice, I challenge the role of the photographer in the image production and contest the notion of the time vs space. Recently, I built on these themes to examine the photographic representation of political and cultural context. These representations include constructed images and related artifacts, which I treat as material to produce new images and installations. I interrogate the impermanence of manipulating photographs and their preservation in advance of digital technologies. I also work with projected images. Turning a flat, two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional space offers a way to expand the perception and experience of images in space and make a place as a memorial space for viewers. I transform photographic images into objects, by way of their display, mounting, and placement in space, and try to activate the role of the photographic equipment in the display of my work. These relations open a conversation between photography and installation. In addition, I work with technology in both concept and tools, treating it in a contemporary art definition. Either presented as a photographic print or as a projected image within the installation, the pieces confront photographic representation and attempt to reveal the layers constituting the image. I aspire to contest the medium of photography, applying strategies that challenge the conventional notions of production and display of photographic images.
  • Travis Lindquist

    Travis Lindquist

    Biography : Travis Lindquist (b.1969) grew up in an idyllic seaside community in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is primarily a painter but has branched out into other mediums, including sculpture, video, photography, sound, and digital animation. He is currently an MFA candidate at Georgia State University, Atlanta GA, and received his BFA from Tufts University, Boston, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lindquist has worked on numerous projects as a curator, collaborator, and solo artist. He worked as an animator on Richard Linklater’s, Waking Life, is the founding member of the infamous Goldmine Shithouse, and has exhibited extensively in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Salt Lake City, and Stockholm. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Detailed Description :
    Travis’s current body of work is based on metaphysics and the defects or disruptions in metaphysics. Metaphysics is an over-arching theory in philosophy that explores the nature of being, existence, and reality. There are two departure points in his work that stem from a micro and macro view of metaphysics. The first is the overarching concept of the metaphysical, which is general and large in nature. The second comes from the notions of a small detail that then becomes a metaphor for the larger concept. These seemingly disparate starting points then result in the same resolution within the work. It is from this place that Travis attempts to succinctly encompass notions of existence and reality, condensing them down into the simplest gestures. These abstract elements represent literal ideas and emotions through references ranging from philosophy, mythology, astronomy, physics, to popular culture, conspiracy theories, and children’s songs. It is from this place that I am attempting to succinctly encompass notions of existence and reality and condense them down in to the simplest gestures. These abstract elements represent literal ideas and emotions through references ranging from philosophy, mythology, astronomy, physics, to popular culture, conspiracy theories and children’s songs.
  • Ana Carolina Meza Mendoza

    Ana Carolina Meza Mendoza

    Biography : Ana Carolina Meza Mendoza is a sculpture artist born in Barranquilla, Colombia. She received an associate degree in Design Technology from Ivy Tech Community College in 2011, and a Bachelor of Science degree for Interior Design as well as a Bachelor of Fine Art degree for Sculpture in 2016. She is currently an MFA candidate at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Ana makes minimalist sculptures inspired by architecture, ladders, hallways, and crosswalks. She uses technology in her artwork—examples include projectors, laser cutters, and a CNC router—to help her construct her sculptures. Common themes in her artwork include immigration, social identity, and political and personal structures that symbolize an abstraction of her personal experiences. Detailed Description :
    Ana makes minimalist structures that reflect her experience as an immigrant. She is inspired by architecture, ladders, corridors, and crosswalks. She is fascinated by these structures and their universal capacity to reflect power and rules. She challenges the idea that power means a stable structure and creates weak structures through materials explorations. Ana’s artwork also explores the state of in between and uses transparency and architecture to do so. She is originally from Colombia, coming to the US when she was 18. As an immigrant, she feels misplaced in this country, yet when she visits her birth town, she doesn’t feel like she belongs there anymore either. As an immigrant the feeling of displacement is constant.
  • Nathaniel Dean Mondragon

    Nathaniel Dean Mondragon

    Biography : Nathaniel Dean Mondragon is an Atlanta-based performance artist who makes paintings, objects, and videos. He received a Bachelor of Science in Film and Television from Boston University College of Communication in 2007. He is currently an MFA candidate at Georgia State University. He has performed and exhibited in both established galleries and alternative venues, such as the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Boston City Hall, Zürcher Gallery (New York, NY), #CASTLEDRONE (Hyde Park, MA), Eyedrum (Atlanta, GA), Trio Contemporary (Athens, GA), and SEASON (Seattle, WA). He has been an artist-in-residence at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences as the recipient of the Georgia State University Distinguished Fellowship.RE: Detailed Description :
    Nathaniel is a queer performance artist who uses paintings, objects, and video to investigate the occult and its influence on popular culture. The objects he makes function as talismans. Talismans, as defined by occultist Aleister Crowley, are items imbued with energy in order to accomplish the task for which they are designed. His objects can be displayed as static objects or activated in a performative action.In "My Hideous Progeny (body pillow)," he reimagines the myth of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster in the form of a 5ft tall body pillow. The soft sculpture serves as a surrogate for a mate in the form of a body pillow. In building this work, he collected screenshots of various body parts from potential mates on LGBT social networking apps Grindr and Scruff, and constructed a digital composite. Nathaniel then printed the composite on faux suede. In this work, something digital has become physical, and the texture of the surface invites touch, emphasizing the desire for intimacy beyond the screen.In his paintings, he emphasizes the artist’s hand through the accumulative act of markmaking on fabric over wood stretchers. The fabric is often sheer, which exposes the underlying structure of the paintings and calls attention to the individual components. Through the paintings, he deconstructs and makes queer the tradition of Abstract Expressionism.
  • Maria Ojeda

    Maria Ojeda

    Biography : Native to Florida, Maria Ojeda earned her BFA in drawing and painting from Florida State University in Tallahassee. There she became fascinated by images of wilderness, infrastructure and in-between places such as deserted gas stations on Interstate 75 and the Apalachicola National Forest. She has since exhibited at multiple galleries and events, including 621 Gallery and SOUP Experimental in Tallahassee, The Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in downtown Thomasville, and Trio Gallery in Athens. Maria’s work was also recently in a solo exhibition entitled Whim and Want at 621 Gallery and was included in an exhibition entitled “The Economy of a Woman’s Touch” in dialogue with a coinciding exhibition of international artist Ghada Amer’s work. Currently she explores the materiality of memory affixed to domestic spaces as she moves toward her MFA thesis at Georgia State University. Detailed Description :
    Maria’s practice of making art stems from an interest in collective identity and habits. She is interested in how the objects made and kept by a society reflect its values in the distinctly human comfort found in softness, warmth, and physical contact, and in the urge to accumulate and curate material goods as sentimental objects. The objects that she collects are destined for new stories that she creates, but she acknowledges the stories that already exist within them, hidden away and never to be told again. This aspect of hiding and not knowing is a problem that she contends with in an attempt to reconcile distances between individuals engulfed in vast systems of influence and conflicting values. Using sculptures composed of worn clothing, linens, old upholstery, and other domestic objects, she invokes both their alien identities and auras of familiarity. The resulting forms exist both in a realm of fantasy and tangibility, and act as sympathetic mediators for shared storytelling."Parlor Ghost" is composed of remnants of pillow covers, bed linens, wool, and hair, together inhabiting a halved armchair. Clinging to these found objects are the subtle residues of mysterious histories: narratives that fall by the wayside, only to be picked up and re-appropriated. Among the exposed layers of upholstery, mammalian instincts to nourish, shelter, and contain are contrasted with a consuming, parasitic activity. The protecting structures are like masses of tissue, tautly stretched external barriers, and inwardly compressed interstitial layers. They grow in and around the familiar, but dismembered, object, connecting viewers to vague memories of comfort within domestic spaces, and discomfort in response to feelings of overbearing corporeal intimacy. These remnants comprise the forms I make, but also disappear inside hidden spaces where I give them shelter from the viewer’s gaze. Mammalian instincts to nourish, shelter, and contain are contrasted with uncontainable parasit
  • Carla Powell

    Carla Powell

    Biography : Carla Powell has a BFA in Textiles from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing her MFA in Textiles at the same institution. She was born in Africa and has lived in Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Bolivia, and the United States where she currently lives with her husband and two sons. She has familial roots in Africa, England, Portugal, and India, and draws inspiration from this very diverse background. Her textile art explores impressions gained over a lifetime and is informed by her multicultural experiences, embroidering, dyeing, painting with thread, and at times, weaving her own cloth. Her current body of work is representative of women’s struggle to break the poverty cycle. Detailed Description :
    Carla is a textile artist who uses fabrics and various fiber mediums to express herself in her art. The desire to use textile mediums comes from a long love of textiles, both as an artform and as a craft. She incorporates textiles and textile traditions from around the world into her artwork and embraces regional craft heritage and hand-stitched traditions. Her current body of work focuses on the capacity that textiles has, in its multitude of forms, to bring dignity to the lives of women, allowing them the opportunity to shape and take ownership of their, their family's , and their community's destiny through the act of making. Carla creates art as an advocate for women’s dignity in the face of continued disadvantage, powerlessness, and poverty.


Joseph Peragine    Director of Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
Wesley Harvey    Graduate Coordinator
Tim Flowers    Faculty Advisor and Installer
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