For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court to Host “Santosha” Student Art Exhibit

Point Pleasant-Based Artist Is GCU Graduating Senior

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 24, 2008—Georgian Court University will host an art exhibit of the works of graduating student artist Emily Hammell from Tuesday, October 7, through Friday, October 31, 2008. The exhibit will feature a number of Ms. Hammell’s works in a variety of media.

“My work is a reflection of instances in thought that speak to me creatively, as a result of my surroundings. I never know where or when it will happen, but when it strikes, I try to keep an open mind, until the ideas manifest into a cohesive piece of art,” says Ms. Hammell.

Ms. Hammell will graduate from Georgian Court in December 2008 with a degree in secondary education with eligibility for state certification in special education and a minor in art. She also earned an associate’s degree in art from Ocean County College. Upon graduation, she hopes to become a high school art teacher.

Her primary artistic expertise lies in ceramics, honed while she worked for four years at a local pottery studio operating the kiln and teaching children’s and adult’s classes. Although her main artistic focus has been in ceramics and sculpture, she also works in many other media including batik and oils.

Ms. Hammell received the Mary E. O’Brien Endowed Art Scholarship, and her works have been selected for numerous Georgian Court University student exhibitions. She also has an etching entitled “Seashells” on display in the Georgian Court University Permanent Art Collection. Her oil painting entitled “Beach Umbrella” will be featured in the first color edition of the Georgian Court University literary arts magazine, Fountain Spray, scheduled for a Fall 2008 release.

The exhibit will kick off with an artist’s reception on Wednesday, October 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., where the artist will be available to answer questions and discuss her works. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The M. Christina Geis Art Gallery spotlights works of established and up-and-coming artists in diverse media. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Science Center on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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