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Georgia Southwestern State University's Center for Chinese Bie-Modern Studies (CCBMS) is devoted to facilitating communication between eastern and western scholars concerning the unique contemporary cultural context in China. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the CCBMS places an emphasis on the support of rigorous teaching and research practices, while also promoting diversity and the awareness of cultural differences and similarities.

One aspect of the CCBMS is to encourage organization of conferences focusing on contemporary Chinese culture and Bie-Modern perspectives. To this end, the center encourages and draws support from scholars from a broad range of disciplines with interests in analyzing contemporary practices in China. The CCBMS functions in collaboration with the Institute of Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education (IAAE) at Shanghai Normal University to publish its findings and perspectives.

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Affiliated Faculty, Staff and Administrators

Mr. Keaton Wynn (Director, Art History, Theory, Visual Art)

Mr. John Fox (ELI)

Dr. Genie Bryan (English Literature)

Dr. Susan Bragg (History – Women’s Studies)

Dr. Phil Szmedra (Economics)

Dr. Chadwick Gugg (Mathematics)

Dr. Chuchu Wu (Education)

Dr. Jamie MacLennan (Sociology)

Dr. Judy Grissett (Psychology)

Dr. Joseph Watson (Communications –Film Studies)

Ms. Laurel Robinson (Visual Art Painting)

Mr. Justin Hodges (Photography-Digital Media-Video)

Ms. Jill Hohnecker (Community and Student Engagement)

Dr. John Stovall (Business, Marketing)

Dr. Brian Parkinson (History)

Ms. Alwen Yeung (Music, Translator)

Dr. Tom Weiland (Geology)

Dr. Bryan Davis (Administration)

Non-GSW Participants

Dr. Margaret Richardson, Christopher Newport University (Art History)



Areas taught:  Photography and Digital Arts
Fine Arts Building Room 207B

Justin Hodges is an interdisciplinary artist, originally from Southeast Georgia. He received a BFA in photography from Georgia Southwestern State University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati where he focused on new media installation. Justin is responsible for teaching traditional Wet Lab and Digital Photography, as well as Digital Arts. Justin’s work addresses the proliferation of digital technologies, and the ways in which these technologies shape perception and the natural world. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Kunsthalle Weißensee in Berlin, Germany, Lanzhou City University, Lanzhou, China, Inert Gallery, New York, New York, Jajaja Space at the University of Notre Dame, Skylab Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and the Phyllis Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. Justin now serves on the board of the Americus and Sumter County Arts Council.

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Associate Professor

Areas taught: Art History, Ceramics, and Printmaking
Fine Arts Building Room 106

Keaton, originally from St. Louis, MO, is responsible for teaching both Art History and Ceramics. Keaton earned his BFA in Ceramics at Missouri State University his MFA in Ceramics from Kent State University and an MA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University. Keaton works as a practicing artist exhibiting widely in regional, national and international exhibitions. In recent years he has directed study abroad programs to both China and Africa. Keaton has been awarded numerous grants, while at GSW he has twice received a Distinguished Professor Grant a Faculty Development Grant and was also awarded the William B. King Family Endowment Grant to participate in an international ceramics conference in Jingdezhen, China. Keaton also received the 2009-2010 President’s Award for Excellence in Service and has twice served on the Faculty Senate. His research interests include the history of Craft and Craft theory, as well as the impact of theory on contemporary art. Keaton has given workshops and presentations nationally and internationally and was recently a Visiting Scholar at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art in Xi’an China. Since the Fall of 2012 Keaton has been the Creative Director of the Dunhuang Creative Center established at Lanzhou City University where he teaches each summer and serves as a Professor of Art.  His research into the use of indigenous materials for ceramic production is being funded by the Gansu Provincial Government and he has been given official status as a Foreign Expert.  Keaton also currently serves as the President of the Americus and Sumter County Arts Council.

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Associate Professor

Areas taught:  Sculpture and Glass
Fine Arts Building Room 109

Charles Wells has earned a BFA from  Midwestern State University and a  MFA from Texas Christian University.  He strives to ensure that each piece is visually engaging, thought provoking, and entertaining. It is his hope that the viewer will enjoy the formal playfulness and seek deeper meaning.

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Department Chair

Areas taught: Painting and Drawing
Fine Arts Building Room 104

My work has focused for over 30 years on a variety of limits to idea formation, from slow geological processes, mathematical constructions of multi-dimensional space/time to dehumanization processes including anti-Semitism to the boundaries of knowing the origins of human ideas. The idea-machine of history churns our ideas reformulating, reconfiguring, renewing as they drop onto tables or the ground. Some are eaten immediately; some are covered with a blanket of cold, white glistening snow. A snowball begins to roll and arbitrarily accretes ideas in its path. The huge snowball melts, depositing the ideas, the heavier ones drop out first, smaller ones fill in gaps. This process has no connection to origins, chronology or importance. These ideas are sometimes found, analyzed, reused without accurate citations.  FLOW is the process of unrecorded idea transmission.    FLOW is the process of unrecorded idea transmission.

Laurel, originally from Pittsburgh, PA,  received her BFA in Painting in 1974 and her MFA in Painting in 1977, from the University of Cincinnati. She has done post-graduate study at UCLA in Paleoecology, Sculpture and Scientific Illustration (1982), University of Tasmania Centre for the Arts in Semiotics (Australia, 1986), University of Tel Aviv in Hebrew (Israel, 1988) and a variety of coursework at GSW from Sociology of Religion, Literature, to Math and Culture (1979-2011). She has been a professor at GSW since 1978 and the chair of the department since 2007. Laurel has taught or presented visiting lectures at a variety of universities: University of Tasmania, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, UC San Diego, Maryland Institute of Art, St. Mary’s University, Winona MN, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and U of Georgia. Laurel’s exhibition record spans her career with regional, national and international venues and her work is included in several museum permanent collections: The Jewish Museum of NYC, The Skirball Museum at NYU, Cincinnati Museum of Art, List College at Columbia University, NYC Collection and the Macon Georgia Museum of Arts and Sciences. She teaches all levels of drawing and painting at GSW.

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