Gallery Presents Annual Student Art Show

“The student show showcases a wide variety of artwork and reveals how many different things are going on in the art and design department. The work ranges across a wide spectrum.” — Josh Gove

The annual student art show at the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery at Alma College features life drawings, abstract 3-D ceramic pieces, prints, digital images and paintings.

The show continues through Thursday, Sept. 26, with a gallery reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The student show showcases a wide variety of artwork and reveals how many different things are going on in the art and design department,” says St. Johns senior Josh Goves. “The work ranges across a wide spectrum; it’s a great exhibit for the public and students to see.”

For St. Louis senior Holly Ross, watching the growth of her nephew while studying in Italy inspired her to create drawings that appear in the show. Other pieces of Ross’ work include life-drawings that study the human form and both realistic and abstract 3-D ceramic pieces. Ross plans to attend a post baccalaureate program, or participate in an internship or assistantship while preparing for grad school.

West Bloomfield senior Mallory Montgomery, an art and psychology double major, says, “My art focuses intensely on the psychology of human figures. I try to get people talking about people and their emotions and ask questions about how people are viewed.”

Montgomery’s work distorts the visual perspective of bodies and faces in order to exaggerate emotions and forms using various mediums like charcoal, ceramics, ink, china marker and conte crayon. Montgomery plans to pursue a master’s degree and eventually a doctorate in clinical art therapy. She hopes to work with terminologically ill and autistic children as an occupational therapist.

Mackinac Island junior Maggie Chambers’ featured piece in the show is an arrangement of digital images titled “Masked.”

“This piece was inspired by the struggles and confusion girls go through when finding their identity,” says Chambers. “I wanted to convey how women try to cover any imperfection with the false belief that if you are perfect on the outside, you must be perfect on the inside.”

Chambers has several other pieces in the show, including a brochure for the Belle Isle Aquarium, a gallery poster for the Flora Beck Kirsch Gallery and various prints.

Gove works to represent cultural significance and a sense of unity within diversity with his artwork, which includes figure drawings, sculptures, still-life drawings, and paintings. Gove used a variety of mediums, including oils, ink, chalk, colored pencils, clay, and plaster. He plans to pursue his master’s in fine arts and eventually wants to teach college art while being either a coach or trainer.

Story published on September 16, 2013
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