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Dean’s Council Celebrates FSU Arts in Atlanta

Published October 24, 2022

Atlanta is home to the largest number of FSU alumni outside Florida. Last weekend, it was also home to the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Advisory Council fall meeting, spotlighting some of the talented FSU College of Fine Arts alums who live, work and perform in the Atlanta area..

The Dean’s Advisory Council was first established in 2007 to advocate for the College and help communicate the aspirations, vision and goals of the College to external constituents. Members include alumni, arts professionals, community leaders, and invested supporters of the arts at FSU. In the 15 years since its founding, 60 members have served.


**Special thanks to sponsors of our Council events – David Gilchrist, Michael Fornaro & Brett Player.**


Dean’s Advisory Council Fall 2022: Brett Player, Chair • Fred Salancy, Vice Chair Erin Bratic • Sara Dimmick • David Gilchrist • Howard Kessler • Jonathan Klepper • Joe Johnson • Cricket Mannheimer • Lynn McWilliams • Tracey Morgan • Amanda Morrison • Adele Myers • Chuck Whited • Tirrell D. Whittley; Not Pictured: Blythe Adreon • Nicole Crane • Andrea Friall • Barbara Heard • Marcia D. Thornberry


Alumni & Faculty Art Highlighted in Gallery Exhibit

Thomas Deans Fine Art hosted an exhibit of artwork by artists affiliated with Florida State University, including Guggenheim Fellow & FSU Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig, Emeritus Professor Mark Messersmith, and alumni Lauren Betty, John Stanford, and Paul Tamanian.

Buckhead Gallerist Thomas Deans is a proud alum of FSU and a former member of the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Advisory Council. Established in 1983 and now celebrating 20 years in Atlanta, his gallery specializes in contemporary paintings, contemporary and historical works on paper, and selected sculpture and photography by American and international artists, from emerging to highly established.




Dean James Frazier with Urban Bush Women (L to R) Samantha Speis, Mikaila Ware (BFA 2017), James Frazier, Courtney Cookie, Kentoria Ware (BFA 2018)

Alumni On Stage with Urban Bush Women

Council members attended a performance of Urban Bush Women’s Legacy + Lineage + Liberation, celebrating the power of women in an evening of classic works that transcend genres and amplify the voices of Women of Color. Watch the preview video HERE.

Works featured were choreographed by FSU Professor and Alum Jawole Zollar and featured two alumni – Kentoria Earle (BFA 2018) and Mikaila Ware (BFA 2017).







Read About Other Amazing ATL-Based Alumni HERE