The Student Center Gallery Lounge, on the third floor of Student Center East, is managed by Spotlight Programs Board and is a multi-use space of learning and cultural enrichment for the Georgia State community. It is a place for Georgia State students, faculty and staff to display their works of art in various forms, study and relax.
Admission is free to all members of the campus community. For more information, call the Spotlight office at 404-413-1610.
January's theme is Imagination. It is open to interpretation, but one definition to consider is "the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality." Below are other quotes for inspiration.
“If you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit."
- Alice Walker
”It will go anywhere, and it can do anything. The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
We are currently accepting submissions that will be displayed for the entire month of January. Apply here so that we have a record of who the artwork belongs to, then drop it off at the Spotlight office located in Student Center West, 267. Join us on Wednesday, January 18th, 2023, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Lounge for the opening reception!
January - Imagination
February - Race in America
March - Women
April - Myths and Mysticism
May - TBD
June - TBD
July - TBD
August - TBD
September - TBD
October - TBD
November - TBD
December - TBD
How to Submit Your Artwork
Apply here, then drop off your artwork at the Spotlight office, Student Center West, 267. We are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
The Gallery Lounge hours are consistent with the regular hours of the Student Center. Note: Hours may change without notice and vary during break and holiday periods.
Gallery Policies & Procedures
Gallery Lounge Guidelines
- Exhibits are cooperative efforts between Spotlight Programs Board and the exhibitor.
- To exhibit in the Student Center Gallery Lounge, please visit the Panther Involvement Network or contact Spotlight Programs Board at 404-413-1610.
- Non-art-related receptions can be accommodated in the Gallery Lounge; however, they must be requested in writing no less than four weeks before the desired date and approved by the Senior Director of the Student Center.
- No open flames are permitted, either in the exhibit or at receptions.
- Spotlight Programs Board reviews all completed applications and selects the artists who will be invited to exhibit in the Gallery Lounge.
- The exhibitor is responsible for transporting the work to and from the Gallery Lounge. The exhibitor will also be responsible for hanging and removal of the exhibit(s). Work not removed at the designated time as mutually agreed upon by staff and exhibitor may result in storage fees being charged to the exhibitor.
- Space assessments will be conducted before the installation and immediately following the removal of any exhibit. Exhibitors are expected to take reasonable steps to ensure proper care of the facility and the equipment. Exhibitors will be charged fees for damage to the space should any occur during installation or removal.
- All work must be prepared for presentation on the exhibit set-up date and ready to hang or install. Frames are preferred, but matte board and foam core are acceptable. Fiber hangings must be mounted on a rod. All other specialty display needs must be specified on the application.
- The Gallery Lounge is to remain conducive for study, group discussion and student lounge use. All furniture will remain in the room, and furniture placement will be determined at installation by Spotlight Programs Board staff. Lounge lighting (overhead fluorescent) shall be maintained throughout the exhibit.
- Structural modifications are generally not possible. Requests to modify the existing structure in any way must be submitted in writing and approved by the Senior Director of the Student Center at least four weeks before the exhibit.
- The exhibit may not be shown for more than four consecutive weeks unless by special approval of the Spotlight Programs Board.
- The Gallery Lounge is open when the Student Center is open and is not a staffed space. There is no separate security provided for exhibitions. Students, faculty and/or staff have free access to the Gallery Lounge and are encouraged to walk freely in and out of the space, as well as stay in the space for extended periods. Georgia State and the Student Center assume no responsibility for theft of or damage to any items on display in the Gallery Lounge.
- All work is insured through Georgia State University according to the fair market value placed on the work by the artist, up to $20,000. If the value of the complete exhibit exceeds the aforementioned amount, the exhibitor will be responsible for insuring for the difference. Work that does not have a value submitted to be insured will not be displayed.
- The artist/exhibitor(s) is responsible for supplying an image and information describing the exhibit for publicity. Promotional materials associated with Gallery Lounge exhibits will be requested by Spotlight Programs Board.
- The Gallery Lounge reserves the right to publicize the exhibit through the student newspaper, flyers or other publicizing options available to the Student Center.
- Promotional materials for exhibits must be designed by Student Engagement Marketing & Media at Georgia State University.
- Labels indicating the title of work, medium and name of the artist to be fixed adjacent to each piece are the responsibility of the artist/exhibitor(s).
- Items may not display sale amounts. If the item is for sale, it is recommended that the exhibit items be labeled with a contact name and number to direct potential customers interested in price lists or other contact information. An appropriate commission will be determined at the time of installation of the display in the Gallery Lounge.
- Artist/exhibitors must include explanatory material in the exhibit to accompany work that is provocative and/or subject to misunderstanding.
Appropriateness of Exhibit Work for Public Display
To accurately and effectively judge applications for exhibition, the Spotlight Programs Board needs to view examples of the work that will compose the exhibit. Artists must include examples of their work in the application form that conveys the types of artwork that will make up the exhibit. It is in the best interest of both the artist and the Spotlight Programs Board to communicate the exhibition's intentions and the art on display.
At the time of installation of the exhibit, Spotlight Programs Board reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of exhibit work that is:
- Too fragile
- Improperly prepared for exhibit
- Not as represented during the original Gallery Lounge application process
Executive Board Director
Nicholas Van Lue
Celebrations and Collaborations
Assistant Director - Dante Jones
Coord., Student Engagement - Zayreton Slaton
Admin. Specialist, Admin. - Brandon Jones
GAA for Arts - Jazmine Hudson
GAA for Marketing - Tamia Coleman
Georgia State University
Spotlight Programs Board
P.O. Box 3973
Atlanta, GA 30302-3973
In Person/Delivery Address:
Georgia State University
Spotlight Programs Board
Student Center West, Suite 267
66 Courtland Street
Atlanta, GA 30303