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‘The Batman’ halts production after lead actor Robert Pattison tests positive for COVID-19

Stephen Duke, Correspondent

After recently returning to production after a five-month shutdown due to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, filming for the upcoming movie The Batman has come to a screeching halt once again. 

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Jacksonville’s own Riley Green wins ACM award for New Male Artist of the Year

Anna Gurganus, Correspondent

JSU’s very own Riley Green has recently been named New Male Artist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. This honor is a great boost towards the young singer-songwriter’s career as it is the first major award he has won. 

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Netflix originals are looking promising

Breanna Hill, Features Editor

Like anybody else stuck at home during quarantine, I was scouring Netflix for promising shows I’ve never seen before and was genuinely surprised when I came across a few shows that didn’t bore me after the first few episodes. I latched quickly onto Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias, both Netflix originals. 

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JSU art professors showcase their work

Miranda PrescottA&E Correspondent

The Jacksonville State University Department of Art held their annual Faculty Showcase on Tuesday night, September 24. The event took place in Hammond Hall and the Roundhouse on campus.

The showcase featured works from full time JSU professors. Various mediums were used in the creation of the art pieces on display, such as photography, graphic design, pottery, videography and traditional medias such as paint and charcoal.

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Along with showcasing the professor’s talents, the showcase is used to allow their students to see their teachers and their works in a more professional setting: one that exists outside of the classroom.

“Teaching is their passion,” said Brooklyn Miles, the Art Department secretary. “It helps show the students that they can survive outside of college.”

“I think it helps students hold more respect for their professors,” said Makenzie Castro, a freshman art student.

When discussing what the professors used as inspiration for their works during the showcase, Department Head Seth Johnson believes that “different teachers are inspired by different things.” He also believes that it is these inspirations from which teachers fuel their passion for art and teaching.

“For me, I am inspired by the aspects of light,” said Sarah Cusimano Miles, an assistant professor of photography who was showcasing her work. “I’m fascinated by how the lighting can change the way an object looks.”

One of the works on display was an interactive piece created by the professors as memoriam to Dr. Karen Hendricks, an art history professor who passed away earlier last year. 

Hendricks worked at the university for 31 years. She retired two years ago and was eligible for the William H. Meehan award for her time on campus.

In the interactive piece, students, colleagues and friends of Hendricks were able to write notes expressing their gratitude for the late professor. Note writers were encouraged to share memories and their favorite characteristics of her and clip them using the ones provided on the wall.

“The notes will be bound into a book and given to her husband.” said Morgan Worsham, the art gallery coordinator.

Another collection featured during the showcase was Mary Springer’s charcoal pieces on landscapes. With these pieces, Springer wanted to focus on raising mental health awareness through her artwork of the sky and other aspects of nature.

“I’m from Nebraska, and they always say that the sky opens up in Nebraska,” said Springer. “I always believed that the sky could showcase emotions, and I wanted to use that aspect to create pieces that could promote mental health.”

Springer also says that she hopes the artwork she creates can inspire students. “I have anxiety, and I know some of my students also suffer from it,” she said.

In addition to the memoriam piece and works from professors, the showcase featured works from visiting artist Jordan Kabalka. For the showcase, Kabalka brought in his collection entitled “Wrong Things, Right Attitude.”

“My illustration work is often an interpretation of experiences,” said Kabalka in his artist statement. “I always try to infuse a touch of humor, even if the subject is dark or sad.”

Kabalka also said that his inspiration for the aesthetic of the works he brought with him were vintage matchboxes and mid-century prints.

The next art showing on campus will be on October 9.

Calhoun County art show begins at JSU

Eric Taunton, A&E Correspondent

A first-of-its-kind arts show painted its way to Jacksonville State University this past Tuesday. The JSU Art Department and the Jacksonville Arts Council opened the Calhoun County Community Arts Show this past Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Hammond Hall, the first ever art gallery to be held in Jacksonville.

The exhibit showed works from artists across Jacksonville and Calhoun County including pieces from Jake Wolven, JSU student and President of Kappa Pi Arts Honor Society at JSU, and local artistic legend Rita Springer, a 91 year old artist who has been a painter since she was a child and still paints to this day.

“We wanted to up our game of shows here in Hammond Hall,” said Mary Springer, an Arts History professor at JSU and board member of the Jacksonville Arts Council.

Springer, with the help of Morgan Worsham, Arts Gallery Coordinator for JSU, planned and curated the event with the goal of recognizing and appreciating the artistic talent of Jacksonville’s local artists that are underrepresented.

“There wasn’t space in Jacksonville for artists to be heard and seen,” said Springer.

Art styles of all kinds were put on display in Hammond Hall including paintings, glass art, jewelry and photography. One of Rita Springer’s pieces “Hidden Dancer,” is an abstract oil painting that shows a captivating dancer. Her face hidden, barely seen through a hue of dark blue. Her hand and her stomach pink, with a palm tree-like skirt.

“As I started to paint it, I saw a face and when I painted it more I saw a patch of pin that looked like her stomach and then I saw a little blip that looked like her belly button,” said Springer. “And then I saw a patch of pink on the side that looked like it could be her hand.”

TJ Campbell, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Video, used his love for film and technology to create two unique pieces.

One of his pieces “Interactive Portrait” shows pictures of his face with different emotions with white circles next to them which, if the audience puts their Android device on it, will open a video of a past project he’s done based on the emotion he expresses in each picture.

“I’m interested in getting in touch with the logical and creative part of myself,” Campbell said.

The work of Dr. Karen Hendricks, former chairman of the Art Department and photographer who passed away in May, was also on display.

“We felt that part of this was to honor her,” Mary Springer said.

Works from the Arts Show will be on display from August 27 to September 17 in Hammond Hall.

Photo courtesy of Eric Taunton