ARTalk discusses future possibilities

Frank discussion on the future for art students, also opens BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition

Current and prospective art students will want to be on hand for the upcoming ARTalk entitled “Where Next?: The Future of Art (School/Work/World),” and attend the opening of the BFA Senior Thesis exhibition this March 22. The Bowling Green State University School of Art will host three art educators and professionals discussing future possibilities for art students at 4 p.m. in room 204 of the Fine Arts Center as a prelude to the exhibition opening reception that evening.

The speakers include Dr. Georgia Strange, a professor and former director of the Lamarr Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, Dr. Roberta Lapucci, the Head of Conservation program at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and Brett Shaheen, the owner of Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio.

Guests will be able to take part in a question and answer session with all of the speakers.

Following the ARTalk, will be the opening reception for the annual BFA Senior Thesis exhibition - the premier opportunity for BFA students to share the work they’ve produced while studying at BGSU. This year’s installment will feature multiple works in a wide variety of media from 63 student artists.

The opening reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of animations and videos by digital arts students in room 204 of the Fine Arts Center, followed by the exhibition viewing in the galleries. The awards ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery.

The opening reception will be the first opportunity to see the show, and the many awards, including four new ones being presented. The newest awards include the Medici Circle Cup Best of BFA Show Award, two awards sponsored by Tom and Jane Vanden Eynden for Art Education and Photography students, and the Mark Borsz Memorial Scholarship.

The exhibition will run from March 22 – April 6 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman Galleries.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 - 9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1 - 4 p.m. Sundays. Special times can be arranged for groups or classes by appointment.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Nathan, gallery director, at


About the Speakers

Professor, former Director, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia

Dr. Georgia Strange, Professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, earned an A.B. in Biological Sciences, her M.S. in Secondary Science Education, and an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from Indiana University. Dr. Strange has an Ed.D. from the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education. She served in administrative posts at the University of Georgia, Indiana University and the Centre College of Kentucky, and she was a faculty member at The Ohio State University.

Professor Strange received the James P. Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students and the Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award in Recognition of Distinguished Teaching at Indiana University. She was a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Georgia and inducted into the University of Georgia's Teaching Academy.

Service in the Peace Corps in Liberia, West Africa, work on an archaeological excavation in Greece, study in Italy, research, and traveling China continue to be important influences in her artwork. She was awarded an Indiana Arts Commission Masters Fellowship and several competitive research grants at research universities where she has taught. In addition to many venues across the country, her sculptural work has been exhibited at SOHO20 Gallery in New York City since 1990.

Dr. Strange serves on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association. To see her work go to


Head of Conservation program, Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy

Laurea in Art History with Highest Honors, University of Florence; Dottorato di Ricerca, Art History, University of Rome, Florence, Parma. Her Ph.d dissertation was on the "Technique of Caravaggio: Materials and Methods." 

She co-directed the Caravaggio exhibitions held at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence and the Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome. She has apprenticed with Florentine restorers, worked in private studios since 1975, established an archive of technical documentation and photographs of Caravaggio's masterpieces at the Roberto Longhi Foundation in Florence; conducted computer research at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa predisposing computerized programs to file documents or artworks for the Italian museums. 

Since 1986, she has been teaching Conservation, Artistic Techniques and Diagnostics in specialization courses for post-graduates held at the University of Florence in the chemistry and art history departments. For the Soprintendenza dei Beni Artistici of Florence, she has catalogued and restored works of art belonging to Florentine museums, and churches. She has written articles for exhibition catalogs, art history magazines, and critical reviews, and is the author of a book entitled Caravaggio and Optics, published in 2005.

In 2007, she was awarded the Gold Cross of the Knights of Malta at the Nunnery of St. Ursula at Valletta.

Owner, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art

Founded by Brett Shaheen in 1999, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art occupies a 4000 square foot exhibition space in downtown Cleveland. Over the past six years, the gallery has built an eclectic, projects style exhibition program that focuses on new and recent work by younger contemporary artists. During that time, SHAHEEN has mounted exhibitions of new/recent works by Rachel Howard, Dana Schutz, Roe Ethridge, Tara Donovan, Dennis Hollingsworth and Jesse Bransford, among others. 

Constantly expanding and evolving, the exhibition program is predicated on the development of direct dialogue and working relationships with nationally and internationally accomplished young artists, as well as promising emerging talents. SHAHEEN has established itself as a visible, yet "out-of-the-way" venue that offers the more widely recognized artists with whom it works/has worked an opportunity to exhibit work and expand their audiences outside of the art world's focal-point cities. At the same time, the gallery has provided lesser known, emerging artists from Cleveland and the surrounding region with a platform for gaining broader exposure and generating further exhibition opportunities.

In addition to its exhibition program, SHAHEEN specializes in the resale of paintings, drawings and sculpture by important modern, post-war and contemporary European and American artists (e.g. Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Morris Louis, Claes Oldenburg), as well as works by the most significant artists to emerge during the 1980's and 1990's ( e.g. Raymond Pettibon, Lari Pittman, Yoshitomo Nara, John Currin, Elizabeth Peyton). The gallery also maintains an extensive and outstanding inventory of prints and multiples by important modern and contemporary artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Chuck Close, Luc Tuymans and Jennifer Bartlett.