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The Stillmoreroots Group exists to sponsor art events that display our commitment to create not only challenging, accessible art, but also an environment that inspires community involvement and an experience that provokes thought, dialog, and new relationships. As an art advocacy group, Stillmoreroots hopes to demonstrate that these gatherings have the power to create, enhance, and sustain communities.

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James  Anthony Faris is a sculptor, writer, photographer and mixed media artist from Southeast Georgia living and working in Fargo, ND. Mr. Faris graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography. In 2014, he completed his M.F.A. from Georgia Southern University in 3D Art. Mr. Faris is a co-founding member of the Stillmoreroots group, has worked in community development as Education and Outreach Director of Gallery RFD and Director of Downtown Development for the City of Swainsboro. He currently works as Gallery Coordinator and Curator of Collections for North Dakota State University.

Bridget Conn

Bridget Conn earned a BFA in Studio Art from Tulane University in 2000, and an MFA from the University of Georgia in 2003, focusing in photography, mixed media and installation. She has taught Art at multiple Universities across the Southeast, is an active member of the Stillmoreroots Group and Founder of the Asheville Darkroom. Bridget joined the faculty of Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA in August 2016 as Assistant Professor of Art, teaching Photography, including experimental darkroom processes.

Bryan Ghiloni

Bryan Ghiloni is a photographer, graphic designer and mixed media artist living in Newark, OH. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with dual BFAs in Photography and Graphic Design. He is a co-founding member of Stillmoreroots and worked as Co-Director of the Art Incubator Project Gallery RFD in Swainsboro, GA. Mr. Ghiloni is an instructor at Central Ohio Technical College and runs a  Photography and Design studio in downtown Newark, Ohio.



Desmal Purcell is photographer and mixed media artists living in Stillmore, GA. He received a BFA from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a MFA from Georgia Southern University. He is a co-founding member of Stillmoreroots and curates exhibitions in Stillmore, GA for the Long Shot Gallery. He is an Associate Professor at East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, GA. He believes strongly in the power of art to unite communities through a consistent commitment to collaboration and communication

Jean Gray 


Jean Gray is a contemporary, abstract painter in North Carolina. 

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Georgia Southern University in December of 2002. Upon earning her Master of Arts in teaching in 2008 she has recently settled back into North Carolina where she is an active artist. Her work has been seen in Southern Living, Walter Magazine, Traditional Home, and featured on Georgia Public Radio.

Previous Artists: Mel Cartaya, Mary Sanderson, Nick Nelson,

Greg Cradick, and Brandon Tatom

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