Artwork created at Florida State University’s Studio D will be on display and open for purchase in Thomasville’s UnVacant Lot to kick off the 2022 Wildlife Arts Festival. The exhibit, “Land, Water, Sky,” presented in partnership with Thomasville Center for the Arts will feature 30 unique artworks designed by faculty, students, alumni and friends of FSU and constructed by Marlo Ransdell, associate professor and creative director of Studio D. Each piece represents a unique aspect of the region’s natural environment.
The Center collaborated with Tall Timbers, Aucilla & Wacissa Water Group and Birdsong Nature Center on the project. Their expertise in wildlife and wildland conservation in Florida and South Georgia provided the artists with features and images unique to the Red Hills region’s land, water and sky for the purpose of informing and inspiring their work.
“We’re very excited to have partnered with these amazing organizations and to have this work exhibited at Thomasville’s Wildlife Arts Festival,” said Ransdell. “It was a pleasure to work with current students, fellow faculty members and alumni and friends all around the world to create this exhibit. The diversity in the patterns they created is truly reflective of the natural diversity of the Red Hills region.”
The exhibit features three structures representing elements of the natural environment in the Red Hills region, which spans 436,000 acres between Thomasville and Tallahassee, and the importance of conservation. With ten works for each structure, this exhibit displays the talents of a wide variety artists, designers and architects who collaborated with Studio D to create patterns for layered wood and acrylic artworks reflecting the unique characteristics of Red Hills habitats, such as red-cockaded woodpeckers and longleaf pine trees.
This exhibit will run from Nov. 10 through Feb. 28 at the UnVacant Lot in Thomasville, Georgia, just 25 miles north of Tallahassee. A special kickoff event is scheduled for Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. To learn more about the exhibit and the festival, visit ThomasvilleArts.org.
Established in 2012, Studio D is a 7,000 sq ft. design and fabrication makerspace at the Carnaghi Arts Building in the Department of Interior Architecture and Design at Florida State University. Its mission is to provide Interior Design students opportunities for interactive and experiential learning and promote critical thinking through the process of problem solving.
The artworks will be sold for $200 each following the opening event. They are available on a first come, first served basis. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go to support Studio D and Thomasville Center for the Arts.