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ANNE F. BESSAC
afbessac@gmail.com

EDUCATION
1997-2003 Courses in Drawing, Printmaking, Bookmaking & Papermaking University
of Georgia at Athens, through the Faculty Tuition Reimbursement
Program of The Georgia Board of Regents
1983 MFA, Painting, University of N.C. at Greensboro
1972 BA, Art Education University of N.C. at Chapel Hill
1973-74 Drawing & Painting Kunst Akademie, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1968-70 Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2005-2015 Professor of Art, School of Foundations Studies, SCAD, Savannah, GA
1997-2005 Associate Professor & Head of Art Department, Gainesville State College,
Gainesville, GA
1990-97 Director of R.C. Moore Art Gallery, Gainesville State College, Gainesville,
GA
1975-77 CETA Artist, N.C. State Arts Council

AWARDS

2014 $7,000 Sabbatical Grant, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah
2010 Presidential Fellowship, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah
2004 Who’s Who in America’s Teachers, 2004
2000 $4,000 Technology Grant, Gainesville College, Gainesville, GA
1998 Gainesville College Foundation Travel Grant to travel in Italy
1990 Fulbright Hayes Group Travel Grant in India
1983 Howard Art Scholarship for Artistic Excellence, University of N.C. at
Greensboro
1983 Chancellor Purchase Award, Weatherspoon Gallery, University of N.C. at
Greensboro

REVIEWS
Art Papers, Contemporary Art in the Southeast, July-August 1990

CONFERENCES
2012 SECAC, Chair of Panel: Gesture & Mark Making: A Collision or
Collaboration across Time
2012 SECAC, Presentation on above panel:Contemporary Drawing: Shifting
Templates
2012 MACCA, Presentation: Walking On The Edge, Drawings by Anne Bessac
2009 ThinkTanK4 at University of Georgia, Athens, GA
2005 CAA Panel Chair: Nexus Press: A Reflection of the Triumphs of and
Challenges to the BookArts
1997 SECAC/MACAA College Art Conference, Richmond, VA
Panel Chair: Old Roots of the New South
1997 Southern Humanities Council Conference, Atlanta, GA
Panel Chair: Old Roots of the New South

ARTIST LECTURE
2014 Artist Lecture at c.r.e.t.a., rome’s gallery exhibit
2012 Art Lecture on Presidential Fellowship, SCAD’s Museum of Art Theater
2010 Art First Lecture Series, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
2005 Art First Lecture Series, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
2003 The State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA
1998 University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, ID

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2017 Winter Residency at Penland Craft Center, N.C.
2014 c.r.e.t.a., rome
2011 Hospitalfield Centre For The Arts & Culture
2010 Ossabaw Island Artist-In-Residency, , August 21-31
1998 University of Georgia at Athens Study Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy
1998 University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, ID (one week residency)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Oglethorpe Gallery, Savannah, GA
2003 Observed & Felt, Figurative Drawings by Anne Bessac
State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA
2003 Anne Bessac, Recent Works
Hoag Student Center Gallery, North Georgia College & State University,
Dahlonega,GA
2002 Drawings and Prints of Anne Bessac
Emmanuel Art Gallery, Emmanuel Art Center, Swainsboro, GA
1999 Prints by Anne Bessac, Quinlan Center For the Arts, Gainesville, GA
1998 Art Gallery of The University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, ID
1990 Student Center of Gainesville College, Gainesville, GA

INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 c.r.e.t.a., rome’s Gallery, Rome, Italy, Three person exhibit of the current
artists in resident
2002 Exchange Exhibit, Imatra Taidemuseo, Imatra Kulttuurikeskus, Imatra,
Finland
2002 Exchange Exhibit, Kouvolan Taidemuseo, Kouvola, Finland
My image was selected for the exhibit’s poster.
2002 Art Educators Invitational II, Hoag Student Center Gallery, North Georgia
College & State University, Dahlonega, GA
2001 Art Educators Invitational I, Hoag Student Center Gallery, North Georgia
College & State University, Dahlonega, GA
1999 Sapelo Island Exhibit of Heads of Art Departments in Georgia, Georgia
Perimeter College Fine Art Gallery, Clarkston, GA
1998 Exhibit of Cortona, Italy, Study Abroad Program, University of Georgia at
Athens
1997 Self-portrait Exhibit, Gainesville, GA
1990 Perception of Five, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott, Decatur, GA
1983 MFA Thesis Exhibit, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of N.C. at
Greensboro
1997 4/Thirds, Arsenal House Museum, Fayetteville, N.C.
1977 4/Thirds, Kinston Arts council, Kinston, N.C.
1977 One-From-A-Third, N.C. CETA Artists, Durham Art Council, Durham, N.C.
1977 One-From-A-Third Traveling Exhibit, N.C. CETA Artists Exhibition
1977 Life-size, soft sculpture of a car, Caswell Institute for the Mentally Retarded,
Kinston, N.C.

FACULTY EXHIBITIONS
2006-014 Foundations Department Faculty Drawing Exhibit, Anderson Hall, SCAD,
Savannah, GA
2004 R.C. Moore Gallery, Gainesville College, Gainesville, GA
1999 R.C. Moore Gallery, Gainesville College, Gainesville, GA
1989 Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C.
1988 Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.

COLLECTIONS
Savannah College of Art & Design, President Wallace's collection
Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
John Nix Collection, North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, GA
Printmaking Department's Collection, Lamar Dodd Art School, University of Georgia
Dan Morgan, North Carolina
Sallie Duhling, GA
Dr. Virginia Boyle, N.C.
Betty Walters, N.C.
Dr. and Mrs. Foster Watkins, AL
Mr. and Mr. de Shay, VA
Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Bessac, TX
Dr. M. Bessac, TX
Professor & Production Designer, Hal Tine

COMMISSION
2002 Portrait on black velvet of Dr. Byrd, President of Brenau University,
Gainesville, GA

CURATED EXHIBIT AS INDEPENDENT CURATOR
2015 Jeff Works Memorial Exhibit, Indigo Sky Community Gallery, Savannah, GA

CURATED EXHIBITS AS DIRECTOR OF GAINESVILLE COLLEGE ART GALLERY
1996 Pieta to a Lost Generation
Photographs by Czech artist Jana Kopelentova-Rehak
1996 Wax Prints by Frank Saggus and Photographs by Kim Bancroft Thomas
Contemporary Georgian artists
1996 Mattie Lou O'Kelley Exhibit
Northeast Georgia's Folk Artist
1996 Alan Woodall's Collection of Black Folk Art
Georgia collector of African-American Folk Art
1995 Still Life Paintings by Joan Fugazzi
1995 Sculptures by Charles Pinckney
Contemporary Georgian artist
1995 The Timothy Tew Collection*
Gallerie Timothy Tew, Atlanta, GA
1995 Sculptures & Drawings of Stephen H. Smith
Figurative sculptor
1994 Stephen Pinter
Contemporary sculpture & collage
1994 Hairpin Turns & Running Deer Targets
Photographs of Cathryn Griffin and Artist's Talk
1994 Collection of Dr. Steve and Rebecca Gurr*
Advertising art, design and decorative objects for the automobile and related
social & commercial activities with Collector's talk
1994 Henry Casselli's Watercolors & Drawings*
A nationally know watercolorist
1993 The Collaborative Art: Costume, Stage Set, and Lighting Design*
Costumes, stage set designs with models and narrative plans and lighting
plans from Gainesville Theater Alliance's productions
1993 Surfaces and Connections: American Crafts in the South*
Collaborative craft exhibit with Quinlan Visual Art Center & Brenau University
Gallery, Contemporary Metals and weaving and basketry exhibited at
Gainesville College Art Gallery
1992 Laurel Robinson, Recent Paintings and Drawings
Contemporary Georgian artist and Artist's Talk
1992 African Hand: African Art Collection of Bert and Edith Carpenter**
Catalogue printed
Collector’s talk

*Indicates that I organized and assembled the exhibit in all its detail from its basic conception to its final presentation as well as selected the pieces to be shown. The other exhibits were organized in collaboration with the exhibiting artists.