A slew of honors in metro Atlanta’s arts community, from Kennesaw State to NBAF
By Howard Pousner
- Robert J. Farley, artistic director of Roswell’s Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and Marietta’s Georgia Ballet will be honored with Flourish Awards from Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts. Also to be honored at the Fourth Annual Flourish Luncheon on Sept. 13 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre will be Hillgrove High School art teacher Jennie Collier-Johnston and Hardin Construction president William “Bill” Pinto. The awards honor those who have helped the arts flourish in Georgia, and the luncheon benefits scholarship endowments and student-learning initiatives in the KSU College of the Arts. Information: www.kennesaw.edu/arts (click “Flourish Luncheon” link) or 770-499-3214.
- Teresa Bramlette Reeves is the new director of Kennesaw State University’s Art Museum and Galleries. She will serve as chief curator, selecting and organizing exhibitions and educational and public outreach programs. “I want to get more visibility to the KSU galleries and make it a destination,” said Reeves, a senior lecturer for the last decade in Georgia State University’s art program. She will work with architects on the KSU museum’s planned expansion, which will be connected to the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center.
- At the National Black Arts Festival’s inaugural visual arts celebration at Symphony Hall on July 14, “Interpretations: Black Visual Art — Past, Present and Future,” Atlantans Ayokunle Odeleye and Fahamu Pecou were honored with, respectively, mid-career and emerging artist awards. A Kennesaw State University art professor Odeleye, is owner, primary designer and fabricator at Odeleye Sculpture Studios in Stone Mountain. Pecou is an Atlanta painter whose work addresses concerns around representations of black masculinity.
- Atlanta author Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s acclaimed children’s book “Ruth and the Green Book” has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2011 Whitney & Scott Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature. The winner of the honor (which is open to East Coast authors) will receive the award on Oct. 15 at the Virginia Literary Awards Celebration Richmond. To vote for Ramsey, whose play “The Green Book”cq, different title for a related but different story is the Theatrical Outfit season opener starting Aug. 17, go to www.lva.virginia.gov/vote.