Chace Gallery

Located in the upper lobby of the Scwhartz Center for Performing Arts, the Chace Gallery hosts visual art exhibits from members of the Emory community.

Current Exhibitions

Full Circle: Mandalas by Anna Leo

April 29 - August 31, 2019

Artist Statement:

I first became curious about mandalas in college when I read about Carl Jung's connection to them. I did not begin coloring, collaging or creating them until a few years ago when I received a mandala book from friend Rosemary Magee. Since then, my interest in the meditative designs has expanded. I have watched the Tibetan monks work on sand mandalas both at Emory and in Inida, participated in planting the living mandala on the Emory campus, and have continued to read about and seek it out in myriad form. While exploring mandalas I havve come to recognize the shape's presence in my own choreographic work. My dances often build upon circular patterns, squares, and intricate spatial patterning. I like to think that I am on a continual arcing, creative pathway in investigating mandalas—first creating them in space through dance making, and now in paper.

I view my mandala making as a cross between play, art, and meditative practice.

Most of the mandalas in the exhibit were created during and in the aftermath of a residency at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia last spring.

The cut-paper mandalas are created using predesigned mandalas from Susanne F. Fincher's coloring books.

Monarch + Milkweed

May 1 - August 31, 2019

The mission of Science Art Wonder (an Emory and Georgia Tech partnership) is to “partner scientists and artists together to create visual art to teach others about on-going research in Atlanta.” Dr. de Roode, Julie Newton, and Raymondo have collaborated on “Monarch + Milkweed” to interpret de Roode’s research on how Monarch butterflies self-medicate to protect their offspring from an epidemic, deadly parasite. The de Roode Lab team has made a fascinating discovery: that female butterflies infected by this parasite choose to lay their eggs on a specific variety of Milkweed that helps their offspring avoid getting sick. De Roode hopes that this insight could lead to new approaches in medications for human beings in the future.

Our giant steel Milkweeds host Monarchs in their life-cycle phases from egg; caterpillar; chrysalis; to butterfly. The purple flowers represent Swamp Milkweed, the normal host plant for Monarch eggs, and the orange flowers are Tropical Milkweed with which the butterflies self-medicate. Much of the steel was harvested from the old railroad tracks that have become the Atlanta Beltline. Dr. de Roode has a fascinating TED talk on his research. 

Raymondo is an artist and arts educator who currently teaches “Design with LEGOS” for the Decatur City Schools Enrichment program. He is known for his metal sculpture and installations. His (donated) line drawings of Shakespeare, a Beatnik, and Frankenstein have been a popular contribution to the Emory Libraries’ free, hands-on, coloring and fan-making activity at the Decatur Book Festival.

Julie Newton is Assistant Conservator for the Emory Libraries. Independently, she conceives, creates, and curates solo and collaborative works of art and exhibitions. She facilitates free, hands-on, stress-relieving art events on the Emory campus and at local festivals which engage creativity and conversation.

Jaap de Roode is Associate Professor of Biology at Emory University.


Alumni Portrait Gallery

A rotating selection of photographic portraits of alumni taken by Loli Lucaciu 17C

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
1700 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30322