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College of Environment and Design


The Circle Gallery, located in the Jackson Street Building on UGA’s North Campus, is an inspiring venue for art that engages, informs, and entertains visitors interested in environmental design. A diverse selection of seven shows per year reflects our college’s interdisciplinary character. From landscape architecture, to historic preservation, to planning and design, the Circle Gallery strives to enrich the experiences of our students and the community.

Contact Director Melissa Tufts for more information about the gallery.

Upcoming Exhibit

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Hearing the Trees:
Paintings by Katherine Mitchell

GARDEN OF BIotanical Delights:
Ceramics and Photography by Diane Kempler


October 3rd through December 7th, 2018
Opening reception October 3rd, 4:30 - 6 p.m.


This is a two-women show by Atlanta artists Diane Kempler and Katherine Mitchell that explores the human relationship to nature. Both women are former professors of Art at Emory University. 

Katherine Mitchell:

Over the years I have moved back and forth between my interest in architectural form and the natural world. I began the Hearing the Trees series when a favorite tree, a White Oak, had become diseased, and I began a series of works focused on the tree, which I had come to love. As always I am drawn to geometry, to the layering of systems and patterns, as well as more recently to imbedding texts within these works. These drawings/paintings serve as talismans for me and the tree, and by extension, this tree represents all trees and symbolizes our endangered natural world.

Diane Kempler:

I am interested in the evolution theory in biology where modifications of objects occur in successive generations. Looking thru the microscope I explore this world of microbes and molecule. Using hand building technique with clay, which is my primary medium, I create works that reference that world. The idea of change that occurs both in nature and the human world is a prevalent theme of mine. This involves the cycle of life -namely, birth, death and rebirth.

For more information or images, please contact:

Melissa Tufts 
UGA College of Environment + Design 
Director, Owens Library and Circle Gallery

285 S. Jackson Street 
Athens, GA 30602

p: 706-542-8292 


Current Exhibit 

Iconic American Landscapes: Photographs by Carol Betsch

Opening Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Recent Past Exhibits