The Bee Keeper: Faculty Presentation by Allen Peterson

On Wednesday, November 7, Allen Peterson, professor of sculpture, ended the faculty presentation series with his talk at Maison Forte.

By Kate Phillips, BFA Painting, BFA Sculpture, SCAD Atlanta

We are all little bees, in a way, each performing a dance to the rhythm of life, expressed Professor Allen Peterson on his ideas and motivation for his artwork. He explains that we each are all responsible to the community of life, just like a honey bee is necessary to the pollination of crops, construction of its hive, and protection of its queen. Prof. Peterson was honest in expressing that he knows he can’t change the whole world overnight, but he has hopes to reinvigorate a sense of community and responsibility in people utilizing bees as his artistic metaphor.

Through his extensive iron-working abilities, he has created works utilizing the hexagon structure of beehives in conjunction with the bee dance to press paper and create installations. Also, he has performed live iron pours for choreographed dances to use newly-poured glowing bees. Further, implementing beeswax busts and the hard work of real life bees, Prof. Peterson shows his interest in a relationship with bees beyond the metaphor. In the meantime, when he is not directly working on his pieces or teaching at SCAD, he cares for a hive of approximately 40,000 bees along with raising two little girls — with the help of his wife — in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photo Credit: Sandra Reed


Taking Time, Faculty Presentation by Professor Reed

Sandra Reed, professor of painting at SCAD Savannah, was the fifth presenter in the SCAD Lacoste Fall 2012 Faculty Presentation series. The final faculty presentation, by Professor Allen Peterson, will be Wednesday, November 7.

By Sherran Deems, professor of foundation studies, SCAD Savannah

On Monday, October 29, Sandra Reed, professor of painting in SCAD Savannah, gave a presentation on her approach to landscape.  Prof. Reed had a Power Point presentation continuously running showing examples of her work as students, faculty and staff arrived.

Before the presentation began students were talking among themselves trying to decide if she worked from photographs. They came to the conclusion that she had to be using photographs; no one could be that exact when working plein air. Imagine their surprise when Prof. Reed began by addressing that very sentiment – indicating that many times people think she works from photographs but she never does.  All of her work is done on location and may take several years to complete.

A short video interview of her as she was working helped all to understand how she worked and why she approached the image as she did. She then went on to explain that part of the attraction of working plein aire was in addressing the changes that happen over time since she seldom finishes a work in one sitting.  She discussed her choice of subject matter; about working on location; about being greeted by people who gave her stories from their history about her choice of subject, and how the entire process enriched the end result. The work became not just about what she was seeing but about the history of the place as it evolved over time.

Thanks to Prof. Reed’s presentation we all left with a much richer understanding of what it means to work on location and why the decision to do so can transform the end result.

Photo Credit: Alexandra Telgmann

Silverpoint and beyond, Faculty Presentation by Professor Sherran Deems

Sherry Deems, professor of foundation studies at SCAD Savannah, provided a workshop on Wednesday, October 24 as the fourth presenter in the Fall 2012 Faculty Presentation series.

Professor Deems holds up an example. Photo by Tom Fischer.

Studio I was filled with students from photography, painting, sculpture, and other majors who were eager to see and use unusual materials to create drawings. Professor Deems shared examples of work by contemporary artists who use silverpoint as a major part of their practice, such as Carol Prusa. And then everyone was invited to create a drawing using either a bit of silver wire, a nail, or a copper coin. One student even removed a sterling silver pendant and used it to draw. Paper coated in two layers of acrylic gesso had been prepared by Professor Deems’ teaching intern, Charles Parham. Students chose between a traditional soft blue and ivory. Some students chose to draw the skeleton and others worked from still life objects.

Kayla Cloonan, undergraduate painter, examines metal point drawing tools. Photo by S.Reed

Silverpoint drawing by undergraduate painter Emily Nelms. Photo by S.Reed









Melina Taylor, undergraduate photography student, had the wherewithal to bring her prepared paper and nail to Cezanne’s atelier in Aix-en-Provence during the program trip on Friday. While there, she created a metal-point drawing of some of Cezanne’s still-life objects. After a few minutes, the attendant offered her a chair in order to more comfortably sit and begin a second drawing. It is hard to imagine that any one else has ever created such drawings as these!

Thank you to Professor Deems for sharing her knowledge and providing an opportunity for our students to experience metal-point drawing for themselves.

By Sandra Reed, professor of painting

To the Louvre! Faculty Presentation by Professor Rebecca Trittel

There will be two trips to Paris during the Fall 2012 term. Sixty-five students and five professors will go to Paris on Wednesday, October 17 – 20 for the first Paris trip. The painting students, plus Professor Reed and Eleanor Twiford, director of SCAD Lacoste, will visit Paris from Oct 31 – Nov 3 on the second Paris trip. All students receive a two-day Museum Pass that provides unlimited access to the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Cluny, Château de Versailles, Centres Pompidou and other venues.          Photo Credit:

Professor of Art History, Rebecca Trittel, gave the third of six faculty presentations on Wednesday, October 10. The Louvre Museum was the focus of her talk. Those who attended learned about the building program (and demolition) that resulted in the contemporary appearance and layout of the massive buildings that became the world’s first public museum after the French Revolution. The most recent addition is the glass pyramid, which was designed by I. M. Pei in 1989 as the entrance to the main galleries of the Louvre. Professor Trittel stressed that the Louvre is an inexhaustible museum, and cautioned that one cannot, and should not try to, see everything in one visit. She encouraged everyone to plan out what they wanted to see and gave some pointers and highlights about how to go about it. Continue reading

“There Is No Beauty In Art Without Natural Beauty” Faculty Presentation by Professor Jalbert

On Wednesday, October 1, as the second of six faculty presentations this quarter, Professor Joshua Jalbert discussed his approach to nature photography. He doesn’t take traditional landscape portraits, but he captures the essence of nature. His work includes an abstract collection of: the sun on different days and its dancing reflection on water, the negative space on a plant after it has been eaten by an insect, and a player piano scroll made from the pattern of bark on a birch tree. Catherine Callero said, “The way he deals with light is innovative, his work is simple and poignant.” Prof. Jalbert explains that nature has a language and he wants to uncipher its Morse Code through his photography.

By Kimberly Bates

Photo credit: Bevin Valentine

The title is a quote from Theodor Adorno written in Prof. Jalbert’s essay Notations from Nature: Theodor Adorno

Great Catch. Faculty Presentation by Professor Fischer

On Wednesday, September 26, Tom Fischer, professor of photography, opened the faculty presentation series with his talk at Maison Forte.

By Emily J. B. Harris, MFA Photography, SCAD Atlanta

Photo by Professor Tom Fischer

Photo by Professor Tom Fischer

Photography and fishing are two topics, which under normal circumstances hold little connection to each other.  This is not the case for photography professor Tom Fischer. In his lecture for SCAD-Lacoste, he was able to provide many ways to connect these two passions that he enjoys. He was once a fisherman but later pursued photography and eventually became a professor.  He explained in his lecture that the main similarity is that you must constantly throw out the line to catch a fish or in photo terms “a great photograph.”  Both take a lot of time, patience, and persistence.

Tom has a unique ability to provide thoughtful statements alongside wit and humor.  He often gives us a peek not only into his work, but also his personal history and experiences. Through laughter and story telling he guides us through his vision of the world. Many of his travel photographs obtain irony and comedy. One can see the careful persistence and joy he has for fishing for great photographs.

Fall 2012 SCAD Lacoste Faculty Presentation Series schedule announced

Presentations will be made by the six faculty members who are teaching at SCAD Lacoste this fall. All faculty presentations will begin at 8 pm in Maison Forte, which is a presentation space above the student Skype lab on the upper terrace. Umbrellas and flashlights are recommended.

The schedule for the Fall 2012 Faculty Presentations is as follows:

Wed Sept 26   Tom Fischer, professor of photography, SCAD Savannah

Wed Oct 3   Josh Jalbert, professor of photography, SCAD Savannah

Wed Oct 10  Rebecca Trittel, professor of art history, SCAD Savannah

Wed Oct 17 – no presentation (most students and professors are on the first Paris trip)

Wed Oct 24  Sherran Deems, professor of foundation studies, SCAD Savannah

Mon Oct 29  Sandra Reed, professor of painting, SCAD Savannah

Wed Nov 7  Allen Peterson, professor of sculpture, SCAD Atlanta