Department of Art

FSU art professor installs sculpture to promote living shoreline creation and oyster habitat restoration 

A Florida State University art professor has created a 10,000-square-foot sculpture on a sandbar in the Newport River in North Carolina that will attract oyster larvae and ultimately transform into an oyster reef. Professor of Art Carolyn Henne created “Sea Stars,” a sculpture made of biodegradable materials that will become a vibrant living oyster reef […]

FSU art professor to replicate Notre Dame Cathedral truss as historical teaching opportunity

In April 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames in a historic event seen worldwide that resulted in a near-total loss of the iconic French landmark. “Doing this type of hands-on research into historical objects is not about recreating it for the sake of reenactment,” Duarte said. “It is about developing real attention […]

FSU art professor’s latest project targets sustainability and anxiety caused by hurricanes

The onset of a massive hurricane can cause environmental damage, threats to sustainability and even psychological suffering. A Florida State University art professor is tackling two of these detrimental effects in one project by producing a Hurricane Emergency Art Kit. Professor Holly Hanessian recently unveiled the kit at a public event held at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. The project has received support from both the […]

Matthew Forrest

Like so many of us, Tallahassee native Matthew Forrest was unclear about his career goals when he first came to Florida State University. After one semester, he left school and began to work full-time, eventually earning an associate degree in graphic design. Ten years later, he is completing his BFA in studio art within the College of Fine Arts. “As a […]

FSU Art faculty and alumni share visual art through podcast

Florida State University Department of Art Assistant Professor Anne Stagg and alumna Laura Tanner launched a new podcast that focuses on the long-term impacts of the pandemic on the visual arts. The Open Call Podcast, released every other week on Thursdays, gives a glimpse into the creative practice and features engaging discussions with artists, curators and arts organizations about […]

Internationally recognized FSU art professor wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Florida State University’s Lilian Garcia-Roig, an internationally recognized visual artist specializing in painting from the College of Fine Arts, has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Garcia-Roig, chair and professor in the Department of Art, is one of 184 Guggenheim Fellows selected to the class of 2021. They were among a group of about 3,000 artists, writers, scholars and scientists who participated in the John Simon […]

FSU College of Fine Arts faculty featured in virtual exhibition ‘What it Takes’

In a first-of-its-kind virtual faculty exhibition, Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) has brought together the six schools and departments in the College of Fine Arts for a celebration and exploration of the power of research in the arts. “What It Takes” features work from faculty across the college, showing the strengths, visions […]

FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts announces guest lecture series

The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) will host a series of guest lectures that will highlight speakers who utilize diverse approaches to their creative practice and lead discussions that are vital to the arts and the community. Meredith Lynn, MoFA’s assistant curator and director of galleries, said that the museum is thrilled […]

Art professor receives New York Times recognition for one of the ‘Best Art Books of 2020’

A Florida State University art professor’s latest publication has been lauded by New York Times art critics as one of the “Best Art Books of 2020.” Assistant Professor Jessica Ingram’s book, “Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial,” is the culmination of a decade of work and field research that documents seemingly ordinary places through […]

Art professor creates historical archive of Gadsden County agriculture community

Florida State University Department of Art Professor Holly Hanessian is helping connect art with the agricultural history of Gadsden County. Hanessian, a ceramics artist, recently worked alongside interdisciplinary artist and designer and FSU alumnus Michael Austin Diaz to create “New Histories: Gadsden Farm Project.” The mixed media exhibit is part of a larger project collaborating […]

FSU arts faculty get creative to overcome challenges of remote learning

Whether they’re teaching studio art, dance, music or interior architecture and design, Florida State University faculty in the creative disciplines are facing some unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.   When FSU moved to remote learning on March 23, it made most faculty across campus completely rethink their lesson plans. That’s especially true for the arts, where many faculty are reimagining how they normally communicate and teach the best practices of the creative process.   But despite these changes, both faculty and […]

FSU professor becomes member of the International Academy of Ceramics

A Florida State University professor of art has been invited by international colleagues to become a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Holly Hanessian, who joined the Department of Art faculty in 2005, has accepted a prestigious nomination to become a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, the principal organization representing the interests […]