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Alyce Santoro’s “Tonal Relativity” opens at Center for Art & Theatre in November

Visiting artist makes visual art that “sings”

The Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will present Alyce Santoro’s Tonal Relativity  in the University Gallery at the Center for Art and Theatre from Nov. 7 – Dec. 9. A public lecture and reception will be Thursday, Nov. 10. The Artist Talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Visual Arts Building, room 2071 and the reception will follow at the Center for Art & Theatre at 6 p.m.

“Alyce’s exhibition is a must-see show of recent work by an artist whose driving force is to mix and commingle otherwise different mediums and disciplines. She makes paintings out of sound spectrums, writes books about the unspeakable, and uses magnetic tape to create clothes and other objects that sing,” said Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher.

Having set out early on to make subtle wonders of science and nature visible and/or audible, Santoro has come to explore the cultural phenomena that cause disciplines to be viewed as separate, and the ways that “social imaginaries” are formed and can shift. Her Tonal Relativity series uses a visual symbolic language to reveal patterns and interrelationships within a 12-tone musical system, and features work with both sonic and visual components. She refers to many of her multimedia works as philosoprops – devices used to demonstrate a concept, challenge perception, or spark a dialog.

“Alyce is like some sort of an artist from the year 2050, who just happened to end up in 2016. Having her here to exhibit her work and to meet with our students is a real treat,” Hoelscher said.

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) is committed to offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students to become professional artists, designers, art historians and industry leaders. The BFSDoArt is recognized as an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). For more information, visit

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Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.


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