Circle Gallery Exhibit Schedule
The Circle Gallery, located in the Jackson Street Building on UGA’s North Campus, is an inspiring venue for art that engages, informs, and entertains visitors interested in environmental design. A diverse selection of seven shows per year reflects our college’s interdisciplinary character. From landscape architecture, to historic preservation, to planning and design, the Circle Gallery strives to enrich the experiences of our students and the community.
Contact Director Melissa Tufts for more information about the gallery.
Figure Settings: Sculpture by Jean Wilkins Westmacott
January 17-February 22, 2018
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk January 17, 2018 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Sculpture by Jean Wilkins Westmacott will be featured in the exhibit, Figure Settings, in the Circle Gallery at the College of Environment and Design from January 17th through February 22nd, 2018. The gallery, which is free and open to the public, is located at 285 S. Jackson St. in the Jackson Street Building. An opening reception and gallery talk by the artist will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17th from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The Circle Gallery exists to inspire students and the community through art and exploration of the nature of design at varying scales. Westmacott is a sculptor living in Oglethorpe County where she and her husband Richard Westmacott have restored numerous historic buildings, including their own 19th century farmhouse. A graduate of Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Jean served as Gallery Director and as the arts management and sculpture programs’ director on the Art and Design faculty at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. There she organized a wide variety of exhibitions, delivered museum education programming, and managed Brenau’s art collection for sixteen years. In 2005, she received Brenau University’s Vulcan Award for Teaching Excellence and Community Leadership.
Westmacott has also completed a number of sculpture commissions, including the Athena statue, installed in front of the Classic Center in downtown Athens, Ga. in time for the 1996 Olympics, and an over life-size portrait of Gainesville, Ga. civil rights activist and educator, Beulah Rucker. She also served as a panelist for the Georgia Council for the Arts in the 1990s, on the Art Selection Committee for Concourse E at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta in 1995 and as a juror for numerous art competitions in Georgia. Until her retirement, she was deeply involved with the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries. In 1997, she was honored as one of “Georgia’s 100 Women in the Visual Arts”.
After retirement from Brenau in 2006, Westmacott has continued her studio and commission work, including three bronze figures for Brenau University and the figure Elpida for Anne’s Garden at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. She recently completed another commission, a life size bronze dancer titled Terpsikhore, for the lobby of Brenau’s performing arts center.
For more information about the Circle Gallery and the College of Environment and Design, see ced.uga.edu or call 706-542-8292.
Dean Cardasis to lecture on James Rose, mid-century modernist landscape designer
The UGA College of Environment and Design welcomes spring, the perfect time of year for a little iconoclasm in the garden. The new season allows us to throw fate to the wind and explore new ways of seeing, new ways of design, and new experiences in the built environment. It is also a chance for students of design to learn about the unique elements of modernism and the mid-century response to convention.
James Rose, who practiced landscape design during much of the middle of the last century, was expelled from Harvard in 1937 for refusing to design in the Beaux-Arts style. He is the subject of a new book by Dean Cardasis—published in 2017 by the Library of American Landscape History and the UGA Press— who will lecture on Rose on March 7th in Room 123 of the Jackson Street Building at 5 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by the Eleanor Ferguson Vincent fund at the College of Environment and Design and is free and open to the public. The lecture accompanies an exhibit about Rose and his work in the Circle Gallery, also in the Jackson Street Building.
Along with two other design rebels of the era, Dan Kiley and Garrett Eckbo, James Rose wrote a series of essays that would become a manifesto for developing modernist landscape architecture. Using models and on-site inspiration, Rose paved a new path in landscape design, both for the creators and the users of his spaces. Fences and panels made from found materials and evoking Zen gardens and zendos encouraged the visitor to explore the inside/outside experience; rooms literally bring the garden indoors and vice versa. He authored four important books of the landscape design canon: Creative Gardens, Gardens Make Me Laugh, Modern American Gardens, and The Heavenly Environment. Students in the College of Environment and Design will construct an installation in the Circle Gallery that explores Rose’s vision.
Dean Cardasis is a landscape architect, professor at Rutgers University, and director of the James Rose Center in Ridgewood, N.J. An opening reception at the Circle Gallery will accompany the lecture.