Student Artwork Opens Fall Exhibit Schedule
The Annual Student Art Show at Alma College features the paintings, drawings, sculptures and digital creations of art students.
The Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery, located in the Clack Art Center, hosts the show now through Thursday, Oct. 14. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. A gallery reception takes place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.
Student artwork on display at the Beck Gallery
Among the items of artwork on display is a print by Lake Linden senior Amanda Cruickshank that depicts a hobo dancing and holding a sign that states, “Will dance for fun.”
“This was different from any other piece I did in class,” she says. “I wanted to demonstrate that I could do something outside of my usual parameters.”
Her inspiration comes from her immediate surroundings, says Cruickshank.
“Creating art is so natural to me,” she says. “I’m inspired by the atmosphere and the people around me. It’s a groove really, where I get excited about something, and I need to create.”
A drawing by Grand Rapids sophomore Annalise De Young features a girl jumping off a swing.
“I was scared to death when I started the project, because I don’t like drawing people very much,” she says. “My intent, though, was to demonstrate emotion, and I think the final result was successful.”
De Young’s creation represents the variety of artwork featured in the gallery, from 3-D models to traditional ink drawings.
“We’re not all classical painters,” says De Young. “We work with a variety of mediums. The show represents the diversity of the art department.”
Even first year students submitted work, as demonstrated by Alma freshman Katherine Goffnett, who is showing a grayscale photo of herself wearing a mask.
“I was playing around with the idea of vulnerability,” she says.
Other students with work on display include Vassar senior Elisabeth Wilder, South Lyon senior Renee Willoughby, Grawn senior Tom Hardin, Lake Orion junior Kathleen Van Fossan, St. Joseph junior Julie Helm, Sault Ste. Marie senior Peter Donofrio and many more.
Goffnett, De Young and Cruickshank invite students as well as members of the Alma community to the gallery show.
“Why not come?” says Cruickshank. “It’s free. It’s awesome. It’s a great way to support the people in your community.”
Posted: Mon, September 13th, 2010 at 2:22PM