Community to bid for sculptures designed by students; metal eagle to be won


Katie Snyder, left, uses a plasma cutter to shape a sculpture she designed with help from Jeff Garland, chairman of Betty Foy Sanders’ art department. Snyder is an interior design student taking Assistant Professor Casey Schacnner’s 3D Art and Design Foundations course.

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Georgia Southern University student Katie Snyder was born in Kansas, moved to Arkansas, grew up in Richmond Hill, Georgia, and now lives in Statesboro.

“I feel like the Statesboro community has really welcomed me,” she said. “I’ve made so many friends and met so many different people who have helped me advance my career, helped me advance my social life, or helped me as a person.”

Snyder is an interior design student and a competitive. The junior recently entered a design competition for the Sculpture Walk, a public art exhibit sponsored by the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority (DSDA) and Georgia Southern’s Betty Foy Sanders Art Department.

Alongside her classmates in Assistant Professor Casey Schachner’s 3D Art and Design Foundations class, she had to use a 6 x 6 inch square sheet of paper to create a three-dimensional object. Students could cut and fold the paper, but they could not remove or reattach pieces of paper. Submitted items were judged by art and community representatives, and eight were selected to be translated into all-steel sculptures.

In November, the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) will display this series of steel sculptures along the Willie McTell Trail in downtown Statesboro.

Snyder’s design shows just how strong his True Blue blood is. After growing up making origami with her siblings, she applied these practices to turn a sheet metal eagle into metal.

That’s right: a 5-by-5-foot sheet of metal will be cut, bent, and formed into the shape of an eagle.

Not only will the student sculptures be on public display, but they will also be available for purchase through an online auction. This means that a member of the family or local community of Georgia Southern alumni could return home with a student-produced metal eagle sculpture; a true sign of his Eagle spirit.

While Snyder had no trouble choosing what to model her sculpture on, she struggled to find a design she liked. She was far from the only one in this boat.

Interior design student Kiara Washington, who considers herself a perfectionist, admittedly didn’t like most of her original early designs, and most of them ended up in the trash. Then she found inspiration.

“I tried different things and found the simplest design came from my personality,” she said. “When I add myself to my art, it becomes very technical and architectural. That’s what happened when I was done with my piece, and I love it.

His design was one of the few selected for the outdoor sculpture exhibition.

“All that hard work paid off,” she said.

Today, his paper drawing is transformed into a large metal sculpture. Each steel sculpture will be powder coated in a vibrant color to help preserve the work for years of enjoyment.

Other students whose designs have been selected for the exhibition are Alicia Aguirre, W’Cayla Brigham, Liam Lightfoot, Sophie Romeo, Katie Snyder, Maia Storm and Haylee Workman.

At the opening reception, guests should park downtown and take a shuttle to the trailhead and walk along the trail to view each sculpture, with the walk ending at City Center, home of the Business Georgia Southern’s Innovation Group.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the BFSDoArt Travel Fund. This fund helps students in art departments travel for various types of educational experiences, including field trips, art study abroad programs, professional conferences, and more.

More information on the Sculpture Walk and how to bid online visit

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