Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery

The Valdosta State University Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery is committed to providing a teaching and learning environment serving a diverse student body and local audience. The Gallery fills a unique niche in the region as a venue for exhibitions showcasing student artwork as well as art from outside the region.
Diverse exhibitions serve both the state and regional community by providing cultural enrichment and expanded educational opportunities to everyone.

Located in the Fine Arts Building (on the first floor - southwest corner), the gallery has been completely renovated and updated with state of the art lighting, sound and video systems, climate controls, security system and 'Mila' portable walls. For more information download the Gallery Floor Plan & Description (pdf)


Poster for VSU Student Art competitionCall For Entry

21st ANNUAL JURIED VSU STUDENT ART COMPETITION

SUBMISSION GUIDELINESMarch 25-April 12, 2019

Deadline: Friday, March 1, 11:59 PM. No late submissions!
Enter early so if you have technical issues there will be time to work them out.
All currently enrolled VSU Students, regardless of major are invited to enter the Student Competition.
At least $500 in awards will be announced at the opening reception 6:00 PM-7:30 PM  Monday, March 25 (Awards announced around 6:30 PM.)

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·        Up to 4 individual  original artworks may be submitted.

·        We define original as no images copied by hand, mechanically or digitally from another artist. The idea and execution must be from the student submitting the work.

·        No coloring of another’s drawing unless you are entering as a collaboration with that other student.

·        If  you have a question about definition of original, ask!

·        No reproductions, copies or prints of original art allowed. (Printmaking submissions are welcome including lithography, etching, silkscreen, relief, collographs, etc.)

·        All work must have been completed by the student while attending VSU, but need not be from an art class.

·        No entry fee.

·        No late entries.

·        All art is submitted as jpg (96 dpi) images through this website.

·        Notification of accepted/declined artwork by 5 PM, Monday, March 5

·        Delivery of accepted artwork: Monday, March 11, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM and Tuesday, March 12, 8:30 AM-Noon. No late deliveries.

·        2-D works must be framed with a wire attached to the back or otherwise professionally presented. (See Presentation Guidelines page.)

·        All media and styles of artwork are accepted, including but not limited to drawing, painting, mixed media, aqueous media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, small metals, jewelry, photography (digital and darkroom,) illustration (digital and traditional,) interior design (presentation boards, illustrations, models, etc.,) computer animation, and graphic design.

·        Any difficult installation work must be submitted with a clear representation of the actual installation and if accepted, will be installed by the student.

Judge and juror: Holly Ann Scoggins is a Professor of Art at Polk State College in Florida. She is a North Carolina native and recent resident of New York City. Scoggins  received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the New York Academy of Art.

Questions? Contact Julie Bowland, Gallery Director jabowlan@valdosta.edu or call 229. 333.5835.


mixed bag contemporary craft poster

Currently on view

Mixed Bag: An Assortment of Contemporary Craft

February 18 - March 8
Reception: Monday, February 18, 6-7:30pm

Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:30pm, Friday: 8:30am-3pm
Contact: Julie Bowland, Gallery Director, 229.333.5835, jabowlan@valdosta.edu
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Mixed Bag: An Assortment of Contemporary Craft is an exhibition of works by five artists who represent a wide breadth of perspectives within the contemporary craft community: 

Max Adrian of Columbus, Ohio
Emily Culver of Richmond Virginia
Elyse-Krista Mische of Appleton, Wisconsin
M. Paige Ward of Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Xia Zhang of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Together, these artists share a vulnerability in their heartfelt examinations of social issues that are often difficult to discuss. Sexuality, queerness, faith, race, and death are but some of the themes explored across a variety of media and craft backgrounds. As different as each artist may appear on the surface, there are many common threads to be discovered that connect them. One such thread is their shared experience as the Artists-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee from June 2017 to May 2018. Through the experience of sharing time and space during the year of their residency at Arrowmont, these artists inevitably affected one another by presenting perspectives they otherwise may not have been confronted with. Having gone separate ways all across the United States, Mixed Bag now serves as the first reunion of their works in almost a year. At a time when lines are drawn, walls constructed, and fearful rhetoric spewed to divide those of different minds, this exhibition encourages opportunities for listening, learning, and exchange outside of our comfort zones. Mixed Bag: An Assortment of Contemporary Craft aims to showcase the diverse perspectives of these five artists and the commonalities that unite them all. 



VSU Call for Student Proposals

THE MARTHA G. SMART GALLERY

Located down the hall from the Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, the Martha G. Smart Gallery offers a unique venue for student/class exhibitions, installations, and collaborative ventures. A student interested in exhibiting must submit a signed gallery contract, a written proposal briefly stating the intent of the desired use of the exhibition space, and 5 images representational of their written proposal. For a group exhibition one student must assume responsibility and sign the contract, though all exhibiting student names must be listed in proposal. 

Art Student Gallery Proposal 

Apply for an exhibit now! Submit your proposal to Professor Julie Bowland


VSU’s Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery and Martha G. Smart Gallery are located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, at the intersection of Brookwood Drive and Oak Street. They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free of charge.

Contact Julie Bowland at (229) 333-5835 or jabowlan@valdosta.edu to learn more or to schedule a guided tour of the exhibition.


2018-2019 Exhibition Schedule -

Student competition exhibition image

Student Competition,

All-Media Juried Competition

March 25-April 12

Reception: Monday, March 25, 6-7:30pm  

image: Lauren Alexandria Jones

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