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05.01.2014

Catching up with Atlanta-based artist Britt Bass Turner

Atlanta-based artist and UGA alumna Britt Bass Turner (BFA ’11) has an eye for color and beauty. Her creativity began to develop as a child, eventually taking her from Milton, Georgia, to UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. While a student at UGA, Britt began to cultivate her abstract painting style that recently landed her the title of JEZEBEL’s Best Local Artist of 2014. Britt has a unique artistic sense that has the ability to bring color and life into her clients’ homes—a reward that helps to fuel her passion. 

Recently, Margaret Sullivan (BSFCS ’11, MA ’12) had the opportunity to pick the mind behind these beautiful paintings.

You’re clearly a very talented and accomplished artist. What are some of your other interests? 

Thank you! I really enjoy traveling and learning about new artists, cultures, food, history, etc.

You grew up in Milton, Georgia, before attending UGA. How have your southern roots impacted and inspired your art?

The South has a rich cultural history in the arts and Southerners take great pride our food, music, land, and storytelling. My paintings tell a small part of this story of the South and I, too, take great pride in that!


Crocodile Tears by Britt Bass Turner

What’s your favorite UGA memory?

Late night painting friends at Lamar Dodd for Chris Hocking's painting studio class.

Describe your perfect day in Athens.

  • Morning coffee and breakfast at Mama’s Boy
  • Walk it off with a stroll through Normaltown and Historic Boulevard
  • Cali and Tito’s for outside lunch
  • Peruse downtown stopping by Community, Agora and Treehouse for unique finds and gifts by local artists
  • Coffee & a book at Walkers
  • Frisbee on North Campus
  • Dinner at the National
  • Dessert at Last Resort
  • Show at the 40 watt

Is there a specific professor, classmate, course or friend who encouraged you to pursue art as a full-time career?

Chris Hocking and Erin McIntosh (BFA ’03, MFA ’09) were both highly encouraging professors who helped give me the confidence to pursue art making as a career. I am also incredibly thankful for my fellow painter classmate and great friend, Missy Cargo (BFA ’11), whose art can be found at www.missycargo.com. It was such a blessing to study alongside her in our studio classes—she's always challenged me and inspired me to continue painting. Last but not least, I had the best roommate and current MPA student Christina Serra (AB ’11), who had studied abroad in UGA's Cortona program. While she is not an artist, she is the greatest supporter of the arts and our last year of college was comprised of conversations about artists, art, and our future dreams—that year has since inspired me to keep pushing for those goals!

You are already very accomplished at 25. Congratulations on all you’ve done! Where do you see yourself in five years?  

Thank you again! I'm not sure what the next five years look like, my hope is to be doing the same thing I'm doing today, which is creating work that I love and am passionate about!

To get a taste of this alumna’s talents, head over to her studio at Atlanta’s Goat Farm on the Westside, visit her website at www.brittbass.com, or follow her on Instagram.

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07.27.2015

UGA Majorette is No. 1 College Twirler

While Nicole Jensen ’15 has lit up Sanford Stadium with her flaming batons and show-stopping gymnastics moves as a UGA feature twirler on game days, she is also making her mark on the national stage. She has garnered attention for UGA and continued the legacy of national champions after winning the highly coveted title of Miss College Majorette of America. This is the highest award given to a college twirler at the National Baton Twirling Championships, held each year in South Bend, Indiana.

Nicole has been a UGA feature twirler for the past four years. This is highly sought after position among top twirlers in the nation. Nicole, a senior marketing major from Iowa City, Iowa, was selected through an intense audition process and has enjoyed every minute of her time twirling between the hedges at UGA. 

Nicole is no stranger to success. She was on the USA World Team, where she was a silver medalist, and has traveled and performed in Peru as an ambassador. She has won hundreds of awards and titles in her twirling career, including the Collegiate Women’s Solo National Champion in 2012. 

Representing UGA as the reigning top college twirler, Nicole has been touring the country this spring and summer, performing at events and competitions as an ambassador of her sport. This past weekend by performing at Notre Dame in the National Baton Twirling Championships, Nicole performed her final duties as College Miss Majorette of America. Make sure to check out Nicole, in her final season, and the rest of the UGA Majorettes at every home football game this fall! 

UGA mascot Hairy Dawg joined Nicole for her final performance at Notre Dame

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07.23.2015

Alumna’s songs featured on HBO’s “True Detective”

If you watch HBO's popular series "True Detective," odds are you've heard Lera Lynn Buettner's (AB '08) songs. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has had four songs featured on the show's soundtrack. The UGA Alumni Association recently sat down with Lera to learn more about her musical career and time spent studying anthropology at UGA.  

Tell me a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up and what led you to UGA? 

I was born in Texas, but my parents left soon after and slowly made their way to Georgia, stopping in Louisiana for about five years first. We moved around a good bit in Georgia, and I finished high school in Woodstock. It was around that time I visited Athens for the first time, to hang out with friends and see live music. I fell in love with the town's energy and lively music scene. That's ultimately what led me to UGA. My family stressed the importance of college, though I had my sights dead-set on music. UGA and Athens were my ticket to satisfying both.

As a student, were you involved in any activities or student groups on campus? Did you have a favorite professor or any fond memories from your time in Athens?

I worked my way through college, waiting tables, bartending and saving up as much as I could between semesters so that I could work fewer hours and still survive when school was in session. That said, I didn't have a lot of extra time for student groups. What time I did have was always devoted to music. Attending UGA still endures as some of my most fond memories. What a luxury it is to go to college and just learn all day! My senior year was definitely my best, as the courses were digging deeper into the things that truly interested me. I loved study groups that were assembled by classmates. I loved sitting in the group and discussing the subject matter in-depth outside of the classroom. It's easy to take that for granted when you're so young, but those are some of the most important conversations you can have; just digging in and bouncing ideas off of other people who are dedicating so much energy to the same things as you.

One of my favorite memories was a beautiful and moving lecture by Dr. Peter Brosius. He was recounting time spent researching in the field and the relationships he'd developed there; the focus being love at the center of everything in life. His lecture brought the whole class (100+ students) to tears. I think he was in tears, too. I will never forget the passion he has for what he does. It reminds me to do what I do for the right reasons. 

  

Since graduating, you’ve moved to Nashville. How did you establish yourself as a musician in there?

I've yet to establish myself anywhere, really, because I'm trying to establish myself everywhere all the time. As an artist, you're often trying to establish yourself on a national level. There's a difference between a studio musician in Nashville and an "artist."

You’ve had several songs featured on the soundtrack for HBO’s True Detective. Tell me how that project came about and what doors it has opened for you

I've had four songs featured in the series so far. I was lucky to have my manager set up a meeting with legendary producer, T Bone Burnett, after he expressed an interest in using the title track from an EP I released last year called "Lying in the Sun." We got along well. Burnett asked if I wanted to collaborate on music for the show and the rest is history. I got to appear in the show several times and I've learned a lot about the business side of music and show business. The show has exposed my music to many new eager ears - that's been the best part of the whole thing.

Do you have any other big projects in the pipeline? Where do you envision your career in five years?

I'm currently writing and recording my next LP. I'm really enjoying the process. I feel like there are so many more possibilities to explore. I hope that in the next five years I can buy a sensible new car. That would be success!

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07.21.2015

UGA’s Scott Angle selected to lead international agricultural organization

J. Scott Angle, who has served as dean and director of UGA's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the past decade, has announced that he will step down from his position to lead a global organization that works to alleviate hunger.

As president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center, Angle will oversee an organization that has been active in nearly 100 countries and is focused on increasing food security and agricultural productivity through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.

"Over the past decade, Dean Angle has provided outstanding leadership to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences," President Morehead said. "He has been one of the strongest champions of UGA's land-grant mission, working tirelessly to connect the vast resources of the college to the challenges and opportunities faced by the agriculture industry across the state. We are grateful for his many years of dedicated service and wish him well in this new endeavor."

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