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Dahlonega Campus Art Exhibits

Bob Owens Art Gallery

The Bob Owens Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Hoag Student Center, across from the Great Room. There are approximately six exhibitions annually, including the “Hal B. Rhodes Student Exhibition,” and “Appalachia Here and Now.”

Upcoming and Current Exhibitions

August 29 - September 23
Shanequa Gray: The Ritual of Claiming Space

Artist Led Tour and Reception: September 23, noon

photo of gallery exhibiting shanequa's work

In this new installation of photographs, mural painting and constructions, Shanequa Gay continues exploring the journey of her young girl protagonist. Having gone through her ini-she-ation in Gay’s last installation, the girl now seeks to find and claim space. The exhibition is entirely constructed in black and white, expressing the artist’s assertion that “black is a powerful color all on its own: loud and quiet, exquisite and crude. Such is the experience of young, hued girls finding their place in the world.”

October 3 - October 24 
Sean Starwars: Carve

Artist Led Tour and Reception: October 21, noon

photo of woodcut piece from sean - has alligator in a tub

Sean Starwars is known for his large-scale, color woodcuts. He says, “[this format] best suits my energy charged, caffeine induced, aggressive approach to image making…My primary concern is to create a strong visual infused with a sense of satirical humor, in other words I like to tell funny stories using funny pictures.”

November 5 - December 2 
Wes Beeler:  Ongoing Accommodations 

Artist Led Tour and Reception: December 2, noon

artwork by Wes Beeler

Wes Beeler is the best-in-show winner of the 2018 Southern Printmaking Biennial VIII International Juried Exhibition. For his solo show, he is presenting work from his Ongoing Accommodations series. This open-ended exploration of symbolic imagery is presented in a brightly colored cartoon-like style.

January 13 - February 3 
John Oles:  The Shape of Things

Artist Led Tour and Reception: February 3, noon

photo of porcelain sculptural object

John Oles uses porcelain to explore the familiarity of the domestic object. He honors the ability of the functional object to enrich our lives through daily use while communicating content. He approaches each piece as an individual sculptural object intended to compliment the food being served on and in them.

Tentatively February 13 - March 16 
Charles Mitchell:  Music is only Skin Deep

Artist Led Tour and Reception: February 3, noon

photographic portrait of young black male with lots of tattoos

This is a mixed media experience celebrating artists who sonically blur the color lines. Rhythm and blues and rap have become a catch-all descriptor for many black artists. "Alternative" (or worse, "hipster") is often attached to those terms when musicians embrace sounds that fall outside the confines of "urban" music. Being black and having a certain tone or look automatically makes people think you belong to one thing. When we put black artists in these boxes, we strip their ability to morph. We limit the creative potential of all music without the inability to truly hear an artist instead of just seeing them. So, what happens when black kids dream of sounding different and venture off into other genres such as pop, EDM or even country music?

charcoal artwork by aleta reid

March 30 - April 24 
Hal B. Rhode III Student Exhibition

Award Ceremony and Reception: April 9, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

This annual juried exhibition and awards ceremony showcases the best work of UNG Visual Arts students.

Bob Owens Art Exhibit Hours

  • Monday thru Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday - 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Other Galleries

Library Technology Center

The library may have additional exhibits that can be viewed in the Library Technology Center. 

Price Memorial Hall

Art rotates throughout the year on the first-floor hallway walls of historic Price Memorial Building.

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