'Friends of Gene'
SCAD’s annual Friends of Gene exhibition honors the memory of Gene Allcott, a beloved Atlanta artist whose legacy lives on in the Gene Allcott Scholarships for SCAD students. The virtual exhibition features work by the Gene Allcott Scholars and other top SCAD students, as well as the artist’s friends and family.
Gonzalo Hernandez (M.A. painting; M.F.A., fibers, 2019) lives and works in Kansas City, Mo., and Lima, Peru. His work has been exhibited internationally, with recent solo and group exhibitions including Sorry Not Sorry: posiciones, disposiciones y oposiciones, curated by Max Hernandez, at CCPUCP, Lima; The Artist as Muse, curated by Ariella Wolens and Ben Tollefson, at Gutstein Gallery, Savannah; and Celebrating Georgia Artists of Hispanic/Latinx Origin at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, among others. Hernandez was part of Chicago’s first Chuquimarca residency program in 2020.
In her figurative work and portraiture, representational artist Ayana Ross (M.F.A. painting) explores the human experience, engaging issues of race, family, and heritage in the American South. Ross has exhibited her work in shows and galleries throughout the region. Her commissioned works are held in various private collections. In addition to her painting and printmaking practice, Ross teaches secondary art education. She lives and works in Metro Atlanta.