Gainesville State College

Location: Gainesville, Georgia
Type: Public

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  • Gainesville State College: President Censors Faculty Art Critical of Confederate Heritage

    March 7, 2011

    Gainesville State College (GSC) unconstitutionally censored a painting critical of Confederate heritage by removing it from a faculty art exhibition. Art instructor and artist Stanley Bermudez’ painting “Heritage?” features images of a lynching and of a torch-wielding member of the Ku Klux Klan superimposed onto a Confederate flag. Two weeks into the exhibition, when critics of the painting contacted… Read more

  • REPORT: Artists clash with campus censors

    July 10, 2018

    Art purged for being “one-sided,” among other excuses Censors, often not understanding the message, ban art rather than grapple with its meaning PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2018 — Art censorship is nothing new. Spanish conquistadors smashed ceramics of ancient Peruvian cultures that portrayed gay and lesbian sex. The Roman Catholic Church of the 15th century was… Read more

  • New Chancellor of Georgia System Must Prioritize Free Speech

    August 23, 2011

    Throughout much of the year, FIRE has been fighting for the free speech rights of art instructor Stanley Bermudez at Gainesville State College (GSC) in Georgia. Bermudez, in case Torch readers have forgotten, painted a provocative painting titled "Heritage?" for display at a GSC faculty art exhibition. The painting criticized the heritage of the Confederate flag… Read more

  • Gainesville State College Remains Unaccountable for Censorship of Faculty Artwork

    April 15, 2011

    Gainesville State College (GSC) in Georgia is defending its censorship of a faculty member’s painting involving the Confederate flag. FIRE has come to the defense of art instructor Stanley Bermudez, whose painting portraying the Confederate flag in a critical context was removed by administrators from a faculty art exhibition. Disappointingly, GSC has so far not seen fit… Read more

  • Gainesville State College Censors Faculty Artwork Critical of Confederate Past

    April 14, 2011

    GAINESVILLE, Ga., April 14, 2011—Gainesville State College (GSC) in Georgia is defending its censorship of a faculty member’s painting involving the Confederate flag. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has come to the defense of art instructor Stanley Bermudez, whose painting portraying the Confederate flag in a critical context was removed by administrators… Read more

  • Dearth of Critical Thinking on Display as NKU Library Removes Anti-Klan Artwork

    April 1, 2011

    A recent article in The Northerner, of Northern Kentucky University (NKU), reports that an art display has been moved from its place in an NKU library after administrators received complaints over its depiction of a member of the Ku Klux Klan. More specifically, the work is an award-winning triptych of images by NKU professor Hanz Schellhas… Read more

  • Gainesville State College President Censors Faculty Art Critical of Confederate Heritage

    March 8, 2011

    After the president of Gainesville State College (GSC) removed a professor’s painting from a faculty exhibition, FIRE is asking Gainesville State College to fulfill its moral and legal obligations to uphold free speech and academic freedom on campus. Art instructor Stanley Bermudez’s painting "Heritage?" portrays the Confederate flag in a critical context, which has prompted some complaints from… Read more

  • Letter to Gainesville State College President Martha T. Nesbitt, March 7, 2011

    March 7, 2011

    March 7, 2011 Martha T. Nesbitt, President Gainesville State College 3820 Mundy Mill Rd P.O. Box 1358 Gainesville, Georgia 30503 Sent via U.S. Mail and Facsimile (678-717-3830) Dear President Nesbitt: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) unites leaders in the fields of civil rights and civil liberties, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals from… Read more