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Capturing moments amidst COVID-19: How photographers are working during a pandemic

Photo provided by Ashley Conlon

Savannah Smith, Contributing Writer

October 8, 2020

Like countless other things, photography has had to adapt to a COVID-19 world. In adapting their craft, photographers around Mercer demonstrated creativity and growth.

Mercer alumna’s dreams come true as she receives art degree withheld for 50 years

Artist and former Mercer University student, Gwendolyn Payton, presented her art exhibit “The Faith of the Dreamer” at the Plunkett Art Gallery Sept. 25.

Ashley Pemberton, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2020

Payton set out to achieve her art degree at Mercer University nearly 50 years ago. She completed all of her courses; however, the university did not allow her to exhibit her senior art show because of the racial tension present in the art department at the time.  Now, almost half a century later, Payton’s work is on display at the Plunkett Art gallery in Hardeman Hall for all to see.

Charvis Harrell seizes Black autonomy amidst America’s white gaze

Charvis Harrell's art went on display at the McEachern Art Center on Aug 29.

Ashley Pemberton, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2020

Charvis Harrell has been showcasing the disparaging impact of negative Black stereotypes at his art exhibit, “Cartoon Violence: Elegy and Testimony,” at the McEachern Art Center since Aug. 29.

Review: The stories stitched in Wini McQueen’s quilts

The Wini McQueen exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

September 9, 2020

Best known as a textile artist, McQueen masterfully melds together the craft of quilting with the art of storytelling, often to capture what it means to be an African American woman in the South. 

Allman Brothers mural coming to downtown Macon

Allman Brothers mural coming to downtown Macon

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

August 25, 2020

The Sierra Development Group and Argus Eyed Partners, a community development partnership, has unveiled plans for an Allman Brothers Band mural to be painted between the downtown Lofts at Capricorn and Mercer Music at Capricorn. 

Getting started in poetry

Getting started in poetry

Ivy Marie Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 16, 2020

To get you started, here are some poets I recommend looking into, categorized by style and subject.

Artistic hobbies to try while social distancing

Artistic hobbies to try while social distancing

Ivy Marie Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 14, 2020

Doing things off-screen is incredibly healthy for you, and maintaining your wellbeing is critical right now. Here are some ideas for getting the imagination flowing.

Review: Gary Blackburn’s camera captures the beauty of the Southern landscape

Review: Gary Blackburn’s camera captures the beauty of the Southern landscape

Ivy Marie Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 26, 2019

While Blackburn’s early photography work was primarily done in black and white film, these new pieces explore the power of color and digital media.

Mill Hill East Macon Artist Village revitalizes art community

The first phase of this initiative was to restore the auditorium on Clinton Street to create a community arts center.

Jules Tollett, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

November 22, 2019

The Macon Arts Alliance started renovating the historic cottages along Schell Avenue and Hydrolia Street in order to create living spaces for artists in the community.

Review: Katina Bitsicas’ red thread of loss and longing

Katina Bitsicas's

Ivy Marie Clarke, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2019

Katina Bitsicas is the current visiting artist at Plunkett Gallery. Bitsicas’ exhibit, entitled “Revive,” explores themes centered around coming back to life even with death edging close. She uses the motif of red thread, commonly associated with human connection, to symbolize loss and longing.

How to Get Involved With Mercer’s Arts Organizations

Bearitones perform at the 2018 Cultural Expo. Photo by Thais Ackerman.

Elizabeth Tammi and Julianna Tollett

August 26, 2018

If you’re new to campus, or maybe just interested in getting more involved on campus, Mercer University has several arts-related student organizations you can get involved in. MUSIC University Choir: The Townsend School of Music has several choral ensembles, some of which are audition-based. But ...

Welcome to the Macon arts scene

The Big House Museum in Macon, GA. Photo from Wikipedia Commons.

Elizabeth Tammi, Arts and Entertainment Editor

August 20, 2018

For Mercer’s newcomers, the city of Macon has plenty to discover, especially from an artistic standpoint. Read on to find how you can get in on the scene. MUSIC Macon has a storied history in the world of music, with bragging rights as an influential home to music legends like Otis Redding, Li...

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