“Mandalas by the Patients of Carl Jung” Exhibit at Oglethorpe University Museum

A new exhibit opens at the OU Museum of Art on February 5, 2012. “The Secret Round: Mandalas by the Patients of Carl Jung” features 40 original mandalas created by the famous Swiss psychoanalyst’s patients during their treatment between 1926 and 1945. This first ever exhibit is courtesy of the C. G. Jung Institute in Switzerland.  

Mandalas were used during therapy to help patients express both the conscious and unconscious. Included in the exhibit is a handmade book containing one patient’s dream descriptions and drawings, hailed as the feminine version of Jung’s famous The Red Book.

The exhibit is accompanied by a series of guest lectures, presented in partnership with the C.G. Jung Society of Atlanta, and featuring top Jungian analysts. Each lecture will unveil a different aspect of the mystery that is the mandala.

Curator Vicente de Moura, archivist at the C.G. Jung Institute.

The Public Opening will take place on Sunday, February 5, 12 noon – 5 p.m.  A special lecture by exhibit curator Vicente de Moura, C.G. Jung Institute archivist and Jungian analyst, will start at 3:00 p.m.  As always, OU students, staff and faculty have the amazing opportunity to visit the exhibit for free with a Petrel Pass. The exhibit will run through May 6, 2012.

Join us and immerse yourself in the inner world of mandalas!

Club offre la culture française à l’Université Oglethorpe

The OU French Club visited La Violette French Restaurant

The OU French Club organizes exciting French experiences and culinary adventures for their club members and the rest of the Oglethorpe community.

“The French Club is here to benefit anyone who is interested in being exposed to French culture,” said Alexus Whilby, club president. “You do not have to speak the language to have French fun! We share French food, fashion, language, and hospitality with all who come to visit our group.”

French Club celebrated Marc Chagall with a Magical Museum Night

Events organized by the French Club include a French cuisine cooking class, a Mardi Gras trip to New Orleans, and regularly scheduled French movie nights. Last semester the club took advantage of having the exhibit Chagall: The Early Etchings of the 1920s on-campus at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, by hosting French arts-themed event in the museum.

OU French Club encourages everyone to join in the fun. “You do not need an invitation to any of our meetings,” said Whilby. “They are held every Thursday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Hearst 101. Come one and all and experience the journey of the true “French life”, right here on the Oglethorpe campus!

For more information about OU French Club and their upcoming events, contact Alexus Whilby at awhilby@oglethorpe.edu, or Like their page on Facebook.

Harp Soloist Alice Giles in Concert at Oglethorpe


Alice Giles, one of the world’s leading harp soloists, will perform at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art this Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. The performance is part of OUMA’s Skylight Gallery Concert Series and is the perfect choice for a relaxing Saturday date night!  Concert admission is $10 or FREE with a Petrel Pass. 

The Australian-born musician first attracted international attention when she won First Prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21. Since then she has performed extensively with orchestras in Europe, America, Australia, and Israel. She presented her first solo recital at age 13 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, was awarded the coveted Churchill International Fellowship and an Australia Council Grant to study in the U.S., and made her New York debut recital at Merkin Hall in 1983. From 1990 to 1998 she taught at the Hochschüle für Musik in Frankfurt, and was recently appointed to the School of Music, ANU in Australia.

The concert is presented in conjunction with OUMA’s current exhibition, Chagall: The Early Etchings of the 1920s, which runs through December 11. OUMA is open Tuesday- Sunday, 12 noon – 5 p.m. Find out more information about Skylight Gallery Concert Series and other OUMA events here.

Oglethorpe presents “Chagall – The Early Etchings of the 1920s”

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is now featuring an exhibition of sixty-five rarely viewed etchings and aquatints by Russian-born painter and printmaker Marc Chagall.  The exhibition also features five colored lithographs from the private collection of Drs. Isaac and Yolanta Melamed. The show will run through December 11, 2011.

Oglethorpe students are invited to a special students-only opening reception at the Museum on Tuesday, October 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hear about the artwork and enjoy some refreshments as well!

The exhibit focuses on the early etchings of the 1920s when Chagall and his young bride Bella (Berta) Rosenfeld moved to Paris following the Russian Revolution of 1917.  Included in the exhibit are the famous etchings based on Dead Souls and the La Fontaine Fables.  Chagall was prolific in his artistic endeavors and he became a master in many pursuits that included painting, tapestry design, stained glass, mosaics and the graphic arts.  His interest in etching began when he was thirty-five years old while still living in Berlin before moving to Paris.  He was passionate about learning all the technical aspects of using the burin and drypoint in this newly discovered art form. 

During the exhibit’s run, OUMA will also offer lectures and the Skylight Gallery Concert Series. Visit the OUMA website for more information. 

OUMA is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon – 5 p.m., with docent tours offered at 2 p.m. on Sundays. General admission is $5.00, but if you have a Petrel Pass it’s free!  OU students, you can earn a Petrel Point by attending the student reception or by checking out the exhibit. Don’t miss it!

Pictured: Lloyd Nick, director of the OU Museum of Art.

Explore Ancient Greece at Oglethorpe

Are you ready for a virtual trip to ancient Greece?  Next week Oglethorpe University will present two art history lectures that will sweep you away to these ancient worlds.

“Look and listen: Poet, artist and patron in ancient Greece”

Oglethorpe will welcome Dr. Jasper Gaunt, the curator of Greek and Roman art at Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, who will lecture about Greek artifacts as they relate to the study of the texts of Herodotus, Homer and Thucydides. The lecture will take place on Monday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Lupton Auditorium, and a reception will follow in the Great Hall of Hearst.

“The Minoan Mystery”

The next evening, Dr. Jeffrey Collins, assistant professor of art history at Oglethorpe, will lecture about Minoan archaeology. The Minoan culture, pre-dating the ancient Greeks, was one of the most intriguing and mysterious cultures in the ancient world.

“Archaeology informs us, mythology inspires us,” said Dr. Collins. “Both archaeology and mythology help reveal a mysterious people who built palaces, painted extraordinary frescoes, and traded as seafarers in the ancient world.  Who were they?”  He will help answer this question and lead the audience on a visual journey through the history and the mystery.  Dr. Collins will present the most recent findings and ideas about the Minoan culture on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the OU Museum of Art.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Dr. Collins also is the director of the Study Abroad program at Oglethorpe University (OUSA). For more information about OUSA and the study abroad opportunities for OU students to visit this ancient art up close and personally, contact Jessica Sundstrom.

Photos: Dr. Jasper Gaunt; The Bull-Leaping Fresco from the Great Palace at Knossos, Crete.