In the early 1900s, Georgia Tech started the Evening School of Commerce to educate the next generation of Georgia’s business leaders. Annie T. Wise would make history in 1919, becoming the first female graduate of the Evening School. The Evening School would expand, gain independence from Georgia Tech, and come to be known as Georgia State University. From the Evening School’s initial 44 pupils to Georgia State University’s over 50,000 students, it became Georgia’s largest university.
Demetri Burke is a young artist residing in Atlanta, GA with a BFA Degree in Studio Art from Georgia State University. His work has been shown nationally in galleries, museums, publications and online exhibitions. Highlights include his 2022 debut solo exhibition, titled 'And Then We Heard the Thunder'. Burke uses mixed media–primarily oil paint–to express narratives of identity and culture on canvas. His art reflects his upbringing as well as his current experiences. His constant examination of themes is visible in his findings: black like the skin, still like the clouds and hopeful like his mother’s smile.