Lecture Series

Georgetown College Fine Art Galleries Presents:

The Journey

This series was developed to give students of Georgetown a perspective into their time at school and beyond.  Each lecturer will focus on a particular journey whether it be their own, another’s, or even a fictional character.  Each lecture will explore the failures and successes of what is means to take a journey. Come join us for story telling of challenges, inspiration, and determination of human will.

Each event will be surrounded by an art exhibition so viewers are not only engaging audibly but visually.  Check for specific times and locations under each event title.

Failing Forward: Defining yourself through the failures, not successes – that is the Journey

Alumnus Juan Brown
John L. Hill Chapel
Thursday, October 10th at 11am

Juan Dontrese Brown is a motivational creative design professional who has brought passion, inspiration and dedication to each opportunity in his professional journey. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Georgetown College (KY) as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Morehead State University (KY) and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design (GA). Juan has led various teams from a creative and development perspective, building strong relationships and pushing processes and design to the maximum. His thirst for brand design, creative strategy and teamwork was the driving force that led him to his current position as Creative Director for Victorinox Swiss Army, North America.

Juan’s creative journey began in 1991 as an abstract painter at Georgetown College, where he was president of the Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity, and contributed to the football team as a championship athlete and led the team to many honors during his four years. In 1993, he switched his focus from painting to graphic design and in 1995 became the first student from Georgetown to graduate with a BFA in Graphic Design, all while writing the design curriculum in the process. Giving back to what he started, he returned to Georgetown in 1998 after receiving his MA degree, making his foray into teaching as the Professor of Graphic Design within the Art Department for six years. He also contributed to the athletic program as Assistant Football Coach, and was Art Director for Pubic Relations – leaving his mark of passion, commitment and loyalty on everything possible.

Juan is a leader among leaders who is relentless in his pursuit to challenge those around him in order to stimulate growth and elevate performance. “Smack” always has a smile on his face and idea in his back pocket. He is a creative workhorse who is true to his craft with a focus on encouraging individuals to simply be great. His passion and drive have resulted in garnering the highest respect and praise from all who know him, personally and professionally.

An active tri-athlete, Juan also enjoys relaxing with his family and friends and reading anything and everything that feed his hunger for motivation and improvement.


Previous Lectures

Journey of Hope (Into the Black) – Pursuing my Art and Dreams

Artist Rusty Wallace
Ward Room located in the LRC
Thursday, August 29th at 6pm

Rusty Wallace, a native of Kentucky, studied art at Georgetown College and The University of Kentucky, focusing on sculpture, drawing, and ceramics. He completed his MFA in Studio Art at The University of Georgia in 2000.

Selected exhibitions include “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards,” presented by International Sculpture Center at Grounds for Sculpture, NJ, in 2000, “Small Sculpture 2001,” at The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, “Atlanta Biennial 2003,” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, “Ways of Seeing,” Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, 2008, and “AND NOT, work by Rusty Wallace,” at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, 2008. Most recently, Wallace has exhibited work in “Energy Plan for the Hopeful Man, New Work by Rusty Wallace” at Twin Kittens in Atlanta, GA in 2010 and was included in “Movers & Shakers: MOCA GA Salutes the Rising Stars of the Georgia Arts Scene” at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA in 2011, and the “Live/Work” group exhibition at Twin Kittens, Atlanta, GA in 2012.

Parallel to his own art research, from 2000-2010, Wallace has been a dedicated, conscientious art educator, teaching collegiate art part-time at UGA and full-time at Young Harris College, and was a visiting artist and sculpture professor at Alfred University in 2009, and a visiting artist at Oakland University, in Rochester, MI in 2010.

Wallace has lived and worked in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Athens, GA, and North Georgia since 1997. He currently resides in Athens, GA, where he is self-employed and continues to explore semiotics, ontology, art history, philosophy and spirituality in his work. Wallace uses drawing, photography, sculpture, painting and video in his art research.

‘This fall marks the 20th anniversary (gulp!) of my transfer from Georgetown College to UK. Moreover, it is also 20 years since I wrestled with, deliberated, and became fully aware that I was an artist and had a path to pursue towards realizing my work. I had no idea exactly what that entailed, just that I couldn’t ignore it, however frightening the unknowns were, and exciting the potential adventure could be. I had no delusions that it would be easy, or a cake walk. I knew I had been given certain talents and abilities, and with that a responsibility and desire to develop them and use them to make some sort of positive impact, however small or large. I have persisted in my pursuit of my work and dreams, and would like to humbly share what I can in a lecture to anyone in the hope that it could bolster someone else.

My life, heart, and perspective expanded and grew in ways I never knew possible in my years at Georgetown College, and subsequently at UK. I am incredibly grateful, and hope to express my gratitude for all I learned there, and share what progress and work I have been able to make since.

My favorite book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho has been a touchstone and beacon for me for over a decade. In it, the pursuit and realization of a “Personal Legend” unfolds with the main character, Santiago. One excerpt echoes and resonates with me, amongst many other passages, where the old man says to the main character, Santiago:
“It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your Personal Legend. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when your really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”

And finally, in The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho states, “Dreams are not negotiable.”

Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)

Here is a self-portrait with a wall sculpture of mine. The title of the sculpture is “Hey Hey, My My (Homage to K. Malevich)” from 2008. It is a wall sculpture made of black acrylic that floats off of the wall and is lit by LEDs recessed on the back of the sculpture. It is the first of two pieces referencing Kasimir Malevich’s Black Square paintings, with a nod toward Neil Young’s song “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”. It is like looking into a space, barely discernible, while simultaneously only having a suggestion of a reflection. Neither are clear, or reveal very much. The experience, as I intended and hoped, is as close to a portrait of hope, and going into the unknown, as I’ve been able to conceive. So, in my mind, this piece, and its larger sibling from 2010 (which will be in the exhibition) are emblematic of the idea of a journey. A journey into the unknown – into the black with hope.’

**While Rusty was a student at Georgetown he won a banner competition for this interpretation of the Eight Guiding Principles of the school.  Check out the link below to see Rusty with his banner.

Rusty Wallace Eight Guiding Principles

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