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Senior Art Show Exhibits ‘Best of the Best’

The displayed works exemplify the artists’ emphasis within their art major and include prints, Raku-fired earthenware, glazed stoneware, oil on canvas, charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, and more.

"Wind Chimes," Maggie Chambers"Wind Chimes," Maggie ChambersTen graduating seniors are showing their best artistic creations during this year’s Alma College Senior Art Show.

The exhibit opens Monday, March 16, in the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery at Alma College and continues through Friday, April 17. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. A gallery reception will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

The annual show features the “best of the best” by students graduating with a degree in art and design this spring. Pieces in this show exemplify the artists’ emphasis within their art major and include prints, Raku-fired earthenware, glazed stoneware, oil on canvas, charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, and more.

Many of the pieces displayed have deep meaning to the artists who created them.

“One of my pieces is a diptych called ‘Loss & Comfort,’” says Irene Ward of Tinley Park, Ill. “I created this photo in memoriam of my late father and to illustrate how I was able to cope with his loss.

“I was flattered with how well my photos were received during a critique,” says Ward. “It really meant a lot that my fellow classmates sympathized with me and were able to see my connection through my work. I am really excited about ‘Loss & Comfort’ being displayed for my Senior Show, because although my father cannot be here physically, he is here in a metaphorical way.”

Taking a different approach, Erin Chon of Okemos has storyboards, panels and commentary centered on her “Lavender” animatic.

“My pieces focus on my 10-month production process that gave me the opportunity to use traditional and digital forms of art,” says Chon.

Chon stepped beyond the traditional art forms, using the skills and techniques she learned from her experiences in art, to create something entirely new.

“I am very fortunate to have come to a school where professors are so supportive and gave me the freedom to explore my passion for animation,” says Chon. “The art department has given me a wonderful foundation to build from, and I will be forever grateful to all the crazy people I’ve come across here.”

The featured artists in this year’s Senior Show include:

  • Maggie Chambers, Mackinac Island
  • Erin Chon, Okemos
  • Allison Clark, Berrien Center
  • Kate Hemmingson, Mount Pleasant
  • Rita Mulford, Freeland
  • Rebecca Olds, Coldwater
  • Blair Secord, Gaylord
  • Chelsey Timlin, Yale
  • Irene Ward, Tinley Park, Ill.
  • Luke Wright, Alma

 

Story published on March 16, 2015
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