Arts at Tech


The 2014 TechArts Festival showcased the artistic talent and creativity of Georgia Tech students, faculty, staff, and professional artists at venues across the Georgia Tech campus. The second annual event included music, theater, digital, literary, and visual arts.

The festival demonstrates that Georgia Tech students have skills not only in science, technology, engineering, and math, but also in every medium of the arts. Drawing from these talents, many of this year's submissions illustrated the convergence of arts and technology.

Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition: A Highlight of the Festival

Sponsored by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, the School of Music, and the College of Architecture, this annual competition attracts musicians and inventors from all over the world. Their ideas and instruments challenge assumptions about what it means to make music.​

The event showcases the work of musicians and artists who are pushing the boundaries of music performance. Contestants have likened it to a "TED Conference for new musical instrument designers."

2014 Winners
First place went to Tolgahan Cogulu from Turkey and his adjustable microtonal guitar. On his patented guitar, all of the frets are movable, and any number can be inserted into or removed from the fretboard.

For a complete list of top Guthman competitors, including video demonstrations of their instruments, visit 2014 Semi-Finalists and 2014 Winners.​

Invented Instruments
Musicians from around the globe show off newly-invented instruments at Georgia Tech's Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.


Innovating the Field of Music
Contestants have likened the Guthman Competition to a "TED Conference for new musical instrument designers."

2014 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition


Clough Art Crawl

About a week after Cogulu won the Guthman Competition, the Clough Art Crawl transformed the walls of Clough Commons into an art gallery. The event featured 313 works from 146 students. Their submissions included paintings, photography, and sculptures, as well as music, poetry, films, and code-based art.

"The TechArts Festival demonstrates the diversity of our student body and how we have interests that are more than just academic."

Carly Smith, a fourth-year architecture major, was excited to share her photography at the event. “Photography is important to me because it shows how I see the world,” Smith says. “I hope my photos inspire people to see beauty in the most simple things."

Smith is inspired by Sally Mann, who is best known for her large black-and-white photographs. “It’s not always about getting good grades and studying,” states Smith. “It’s about doing what you love and what you’re passionate about.”

Georgia Tech freshman Richard Huckaby was just 7 years old when his passion for the arts was stirred by singing in his church choir. Today Huckaby is a member of the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir and SympVibes, an a cappella group on campus. During the Art Crawl, he presented two of his a cappella recordings. “I think the TechArts Festival shows the diversity of our student body and how we have very different interests that are more than just academic," he says.

Video: Scenes from the Clough Art Crawl

Video: The Clough Art Crawl App

Writer: Meghan Feeney
Photographer: Rob Felt
Videography: Maxwell Guberman, Rob Felt, Fitrah Hamid
Graphics: Melanie Goux