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Brian Hitselberger

Brian Hitselberger

Senior Lecturer // Art and Design // Rueff School

Senior Lecturer / Art & Design // Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

Office and Contact

Room: Pao B192


Phone: 765-494-2316


AD 10500 - Design I 

Credit Hours: 3.00. Two-dimensional design fundamentals: concepts and processes. Studio problems are used to introduce concepts, vocabulary, and skills applicable to continued study in a variety of visual disciplines. Includes introduction to a variety of two-dimensional media and computer applications. Typically offered Fall Spring/Summer.  


AD 22000 – Computers in Art  

Credit Hours: 3.00. Introduction to computer graphics concepts and the electronic image as a fine art form. Emphasis is placed on personal expression, using the computer as a two-dimensional art tool. 
3.000 Credit hours  


AD 25500 - Art Appreciation  

Credit Hours: 3.00. Understanding and appreciation of the problems overcome by mankind in the origins and growth of art. Typically offered Fall/Spring.  


MFA, University of Georgia

BFA, Tulane University



Drawing, Painting and Printmaking materials and processes

Abstraction and Expanded Fields of Painting

Contemporary Art and Critical Theory


Scholarly and Creative Endeavors

Brian Hitselberger is an artist and writer working in multiple media as well as an educator who has taught in a variety of contexts. His installations, paintings and works on paper explore a variety of themes that shift between subjects and perspectives alternately intimate and immense – occasionally within the same piece. Working in series, his modestly-scaled paintings and drawings employ detailed mark-making, dense layering and unexpected relationships between form, content and material, yielding works that position speculation over resolution and strive for optimism without simplicity. Recent subjects include sleep and dreaming, hate speech, drag queens as spiritual healers, queer magic and social distancing. His artist books and publications bring together research interests and imagery alongside his critical and personal writing.

His work has been exhibited widely with recent solo exhibitions at {Poem88} Gallery in Atlanta, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Open Gallery at Montgomory College, the University of the South, and the University of North Georgia. Recent group exhibition venues include the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum in Georgia, the Catapult Gallery in Missouri, the Hambidge Center for the Arts and the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. His work was included in the 2019 Current Art Fair in Richmond, Virginia with the Linda Matney Gallery and included in the 2017 Artfields festival in South Carolina.

His reviews and critical writing have appeared online and in print in a variety of publications including BURNAWAY, floromancy, ArtsCritic ATL and the Flagpole. His artist books are in the collections of Yale University, the New York Public Library and various other special collections. His printed work can be found at Quimby’s in Chicago and Printed Matter in New York.

 He has received residencies at the Elsewhere Artists Collaborative, the Hub City Arts Initiative, the Hambidge Center for the Arts and the Lyndon House Arts Center. He has received funding for his work through the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Willson Center for the Humanities, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.  His work is represented by {Poem88} Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.

 As an educator, Brian has taught workshops and continuing education classes for over 15 years. Initially working with children and young adults in after-school programs, he began working with non-profit organizations as a teaching artist in 2006 through the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and with Young Audiences of Louisiana. He has worked as a visiting artist with the Georgia Governor’s Honors program, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Converse College, North Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, the University of the South, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the MFA Program for the University of Georgia, among others. From 2015-20, he worked as an instructor in the Studio Series at the Georgia Museum of Art, where he designed courses and projects based on the museum collection and exhibitions programming. From 2012-2018, he was an Assistant Professor of Art at Piedmont University (formerly Piedmont College), and from 2018-2020 he was an Associate Professor of Art at Piedmont. During his time at Piedmont, he organized and led study-abroad sessions for art students to Paris, Spain and Rome. In 2019, Brian worked with Rebecca Brantley to co-curate Monologue, a museum survey exhibition of contemporary printmaking for the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in Demorest, Georgia.