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Press Release

Thursday, September 7, 2005

WRITER: René Shoemaker, 706/542-8292, ­
CONTACT: René Shoemaker, 706/542-8292, ­,Philip Juras , 706/227-0422,

Circle Gallery presents “Places/Non-places” exhibit in response to national conference hosted by the College of Environment & Design

ATHENS, Ga. - In response to the CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) conference that is to be hosted by the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design, the Circle Gallery is presenting an exhibit titled Places/Non-places. The exhibit will be on display from September 21 – October 19, 2005. There will be a reception on Friday September 21, 2005, from 5-7 pm.

The theme of the CELA 2005 conference is A Sense of Place.

For this exhibit, two different artists, each related to the University through the College of Environment and Design, took the challenge to interpret the theme Place/Non-place through their own individual artistic method of choice. To do this, the question was raised: How would ‘places and non-places’ be interpreted by different artists working in different media? Each artist will represent his or her own interpretations of the subject of place, space, and ideas. What is our world view? How do we all see the world, how do we feel it, how do we share our vision with the rest of our community?

Philip Juras received his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia in 1997 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the UGA in 1990. He travels frequently, painting the landscapes of the places he visits, including Italy, England, Germany, India, and the western U.S. His MLA thesis was on the pre-settlement savannas that once flourished across the southeastern piedmont, and he continues explore their sense of place. Philip is now a full- time landscape painter.

René D. Shoemaker has been creating art in Athens for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Currently, René is librarian and director of the Owens Library and the Director of the Circle Gallery at the College of Environment & Design at UGA.

The exhibit will be on display September 19 – October 19, 2005. The Circle Gallery is located in G14 Caldwell Hall and is open 8:30 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

The exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.

Images are available on request.


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