The SAS Gallery at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is delighted to welcome artists Amanda Agricola and Osei Hill, both of whom are 2007 graduates of SAS. Their work will be in the SAS Gallery September 27 through November 6, with a public artists' reception Thursday, September 27, 3-6 p.m., and a public workshop on October 6.
Agricola employs both digital and traditional forms of creation in "...her attempt to understand the Anthropocene." She thinks of her objects, situations and installations as " ... relics: a reminder of what we have taken or lost and what has been left in its place."
The works in the SAS Gallery have their genesis in simple line drawings, such as a repeated imperfect torus. Agricola translates the energetic lines into 3-D works which incorporate materials with useful and particularly human histories, such as recycled U-Haul moving blankets in combination with pigments derived from indigo dye and mud. Agricola's sculpture manifests the dialogue between the immaterial energetic lines and the insistently material earth pigments and blankets, as her titles and forms consciously allude to objects intended to hold the human spirit, "...like the sacred coverings we call Tabernacles used in Christian funerary tradition to drape over the deceased as they journey on to the next destination."
Amanda Agricola is a native of southern Appalachia, holding a BA in Studio Art from Hollins University and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art's Mount Royal School of Interdisciplinary Art. Currently based out of Baltimore, she shows work locally and regionally and has been featured in galleries such as Vis Arts in Rockville, Maryland and Petzel Gallery in NYC.
From early childhood, Osei Hill has been fascinated by the use of design as a creative platform for cultural and community influence. He describes his clientele emerging from, "...humble beginnings of only a few kindergarten classmates." His clientele has now grown to include performing artists, professional athletes, corporate, collegiate, and nonprofit groups in the U.S. and abroad. Hill's projects emphasize creative flexibility and collaboration while striving to make an impact on local and global communities.
His recent work has been featured on the website of Tuskegee University, on conference promotion material for Microsoft, on architectural development projects such as Quest West in Atlanta, GA, and in the hands of protestors during marches for equality during the Women's March on Washington D.C.
His work in the SAS Gallery will feature a selection of design projects created for individual and corporate clients, as well as some new personal projects.
Hill is a graduate of Tuskegee University where his studies blended architecture and business. He is currently on the faculty of SAS where he teaches design and photography, as well as coaching and serving as a residential house head. A theme throughout all of his work is encouraging his students to design their future lives.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Osei Hill will offer a 1-day public workshop on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Participants will work with Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator design programs, learning core skills, then focusing for the afternoon on a personal project in one of the two programs. Workshop cost is $25. Register on-line or contact Gallery Director Julie Jones for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The SAS Gallery hosts a series of exhibitions, workshops, and special projects from August through June each year. The exhibition schedule includes both solo and group exhibitions by regional artists and artists from across the nation. The goal of the gallery program is to introduce the community to a broad range of contemporary art and provide ongoing fuel for the courses offered by the art department as well as other interdisciplinary curriculum.SAS Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and by appointment.