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TIME Magazine features professor’s artwork

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January 16, 2013

Artwork of Michael Murphy, Georgia College assistant art professor, graced the pages of TIME Magazine’s Person of the YearPresident Barack Obama front view.President Barack Obama front view. edition this year — the second time the artist has been featured in the magazine.

Murphy was commissioned by the magazine’s art director to create an image of President Barack Obama, who was named the person of the year.

“Initially they asked me to create it only using red and blue to show the electoral divide,” said Murphy. “I couldn’t get that to work for me, so I went in a different direction and they liked the idea.”

The artwork was originally scheduled to appear on the cover of the magazine, but at the last minute, the art director decided on a different piece.

“They told me it was because of tragedy in Connecticut,” said Murphy. “Instead of something bright like my artwork, they felt they needed something a little more serious.”

Murphy’s work was showcased on page 14 of the magazine and in an interactive version for the iPad edition.

“This exposure will advance his career as an artist, and enhance the reputation of the Art Department,” said Ken Procter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We are thrilled that professor Murphy’s work has achieved this level
of national recognition.”

Made of 66 pieces of cardboard, the seven foot tall sculpture hangs from a steel frame.

The work that was accepted was actually Murphy’s sixth creation in 30 days.

Murphy said the art director has already proposed another collaboration in the near future.

Visit to view Murphy’s work.


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