“The Hollow”: An art center for everyone


John Caesar, Lifestyle Reporter

Coming to Statesboro this fall is a community center for multimedia artists. It goes by the name of “The Hollow”. This studio is being built in an effort to give artists of all backgrounds a safe place to present, promote and even aid in compensating artists for their time and effort. 

In an interview with the founder of the studio, Willow Farmer, she explains that their goal is to fairly promote all mediums of art in the same light to give those who wish to participate equal opportunity to grow.  This means artists in fields of 2D art, 3D art, animation, game designers, fashion and even literature have a place here; with potential for more categories later down the line. 

“We want it to be as accessible as possible,” Farmer explains. “We all want it to be a safe space, as well. So everyone feels welcome. And we don’t want anyone to feel that we’re highlighting a specific medium over another. So we want there to be a sense of inclusion and just equitable support of all of our artists, no matter what kind of art they create”. 

This won’t be a place for just fancy art either. Farmer also wishes to implement books, games and other activities to make it feel like a community space. While anyone would be allowed to attend, there would be exclusive events held where you would need a ticket to enter. Farmer elaborates that in addition, there will be exclusive “members only” events with some fun freebies attached to your membership subscription.  

“As just a regular community member, if you just happen to walk down the street and you want to walk in (as long as we’re not hosting a private event), you’re welcome to just come in for free and hang out,” Farmer said. 

Farmer claims that those who opt to sell their work at the studio get a 90% cut of their sale, with 10% going back to the studio. However, artists who wish to have their art on display for “The Hollow” can have it purchased by the community center, so the public can enjoy events to help highlight the sold artwork.

Upon opening, “The Hollow” will be focusing on phase one of its ongoing mission, which will be promoting itself and making artists aware of the space’s existence. Phase two would be trying to do educational outreaches and granting opportunities for those who wish to engage.

“The Hollow” plans to open around the end of Aug. 2022. Farmer encourages artists interested in participating, or just to learn more, to reach out to them via Instagram @hollowstudio.ga, or by contacting the studio’s email at Chandlerhollow@gmail.com.