CENCIA Advisory Council
CENCIA’s Advisory Council is made up of members of the Atlanta arts community. The Council advises and assists CENCIA in its mission to bring arts and culture to the both the Georgia State campus and to Atlanta communities writ large.
John Soward Bayne
John Soward Bayne, a Tennessee native who grew up in Anderson, South Carolina, is a mathematician, rare book collector specializing in southern authors, opera buff, and literary pilgrim. A graduate of Clemson University, John works as a Senior Consultant for AT&T. He has contributed essays to the Eudora Welty Newsletter/Review, Firsts, Studies in American Culture, Journal of the Georgia Philological Association, and Proceedings of the Mississippi Philological Association.
John’s avocational research of burial sites of famous mathematicians expanded to southern authors and then to Atlanta’s cemeteries. His first book Gravely Concerned: Southern Writers’ Graves (2010) chronicles more than 130 writers. In 2014, John published Atlanta’s Westview Cemetery, about Atlanta’s “second” cemetery established in 1884 when Oakland was “full.” Westview Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the southeast (more than 572 acres and currently 106, 439 interred) and, as with the first book, John introduces readers to the history of the place and the people buried there. Most recently, John completed Atlanta’s South-View Cemetery, with essays by Traci Rylands and Herman “Skip” Mason. Founded in 1886, South-View was created especially for African Americans who were not welcomed in Westview. Next on John’s research list is Greenwood Cemetery, chartered in 1904.
A.C. Brown was born in Greenville, SC, and educated at Furman University and the Medical University of South Carolina with graduate work at Emory, Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. He received South Carolina’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Palmetto for his contributions to Medicine & Pathology. After retirement from medical research and practice, and after a medical illness, he began painting in oils. His introduction to art developed, and resulted, from his medical background. Original illustrations, diagrams, and sketches were utilized for teaching & disease hypotheses in his clinical lab research, scientific articles, and books at Emory School of Medicine & the former Emory Dental School & Oral Pathology Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology Research (Static Gait Analysis/prosthesis, shoe sizing, balance etc., & Telemedicine/CyberCare etc.) & as Consultant for FBI, CDC & State Crime Labs (Forensic Pathology). His SEM/EDAX LAB was the first to examine human tissue in the United States. Medicine taught him to observe closely and expanded his vision in 3D. Winston Churchill in his essay “Painting as a Pastime” (1921, 1922) stated that anyone who started painting late in life without any formal training required only one quality, or trait—audacity. A.C.’s education in art developed from classes at Emory, Callanwolde, Roswell Art Program, Old World Art, Chastain Arts Center, and The Spruill Arts Center. Over the past eleven years, A.C. has worked on two painting series (Eudora Welty & ByeGoneDays). His work may be found in multiple universities, schools, and individual collections. The Eudora Welty Series developed from his impressions of Welty’s 1930s black and white “snapshots” of Mississippi during the Great Depression with the permission of the Eudora Welty Foundation. The oil colors brought to life captured moments in time reminiscent of A.C.’s growing up in South Carolina. The second series “ByeGoneDays” also derives from experiences of yesterday drawn from southern state archives & historical societies, and private collections such as The Wren’s Nest, the house museum of Joel Chandler Harris and the Oraien Catledge collection at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. These paintings were also derived from black and white images of the Great Depression years. A.C.’s paintings can be viewed at http://byegonedays.com.