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Monday, December 12, 2016

Andrea Garland, Clemson University MFA in Art Candidate, in ATHICA Member's Exhibition


Opening Event:  Saturday, December 17, 5-7 PM, preceded by a private reception for participating artists from 4-5 PM

During the weeks of December 17, 2016 through January 14, 2017, the work of ATHICA members is featured in this first annual members’ exhibition.  As an all-volunteer and membership-based organization, ATHICA serves as a community-hub for artists seeking conversation, collaboration, and a venue for sharing and experiencing contemporary art.  The 2016 Members’ Exhibition is a prime opportunity for all of these essential components of the arts in Athens.


Andrea Garland is currently an MFA student with a concentration in drawing at Clemson University. She earned her BFA in painting and sculpture from Winthrop University. She has designed and completed murals and wall paintings for residential and commercial spaces as well as theatrical sets for use at Warehouse Theater, Revelation Theater, and The Peace Center. She has displayed paintings and sculpture at Pope’s Galleries in Charlotte, NC and in the Warehouse Theater, Coffee Underground, and American Federal Bank in Greenville, SC.

Artist Statement

This work is about the connection between botanical and human anatomical forms in nature. It is based on the wild rhododendron that was pervasive along riverbanks in the area where I grew up, which has the properties of being beautiful and abundant, but also has a secluding and encroaching nature. Honey made from the nectar of its flowers can be toxic or fatal, depending on the potency. In this drawing, I am exploring the tension between the allure of beauty and the fear of danger.

ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art is an independent, non-profit gallery promoting and supporting innovative contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, education, and events. ATHICA is committed to the local art community and to bringing in national and international contemporary artists of all media. The programming features rotating exhibitions of various themes and affiliated events (such as performances, lectures, workshops, children’s events, curated tours, and more). Calls for entry attract curators and artists from all over the world, resulting in four major exhibitions annually.

GALLERY HOURS DURING EXHIBITIONS Thu: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm Fri – Sun: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
160 Tracy Street, Unit 4
Athens, GA 30601 USA

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