Senior Art Show Highlights Best of Student Work
Eight graduating students display their best innovative work in the annual Alma College Senior Art Show.
The exhibit in the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery continues through April 19th. 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 from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
The senior show features the best creative efforts of art students over the course of earning their degree, says Robert Rozier, associate professor of art and design. Participation in the show is a requirement for students earning degrees in art and design.
“We bring in outside evaluators to question the students on the work that they have selected,” says Rozier. “It is a good experience for them in an interview setting.”
This year’s graduating seniors include Lynzee Brenner of Riverdale, Meghan Kelly of Muskegon, Megan Cheyne of Howell, Annalise De Young of Grand Rapids, Kathryn Goffnett of Alma, Kelsey Irland-Wright of Flint, Julie Helm of St. Joseph, and Mary Ottoman of Chelsea.
Artwork on display at the senior show.
Brenner has captured special moments in life with a click of a button from an early age. In balancing her photography business and college education with being a mother, her work focuses on her own journey and the journey of others.
“I’m really fascinated by the immense love between parents and their children,” says Brenner.
Kelly, who emphasized graphic design in her studies, creates artwork that blends the whimsical beauty of oceanic color, mystery, diversity and change as audiences slip into deep meditations below the surface.
“Creating work with the ocean in mind is a meditative process for me; it allows me to spiritually connect to what I am creating; it allows me to be completely submerged,” says Kelly.
Cheyne’s artwork reflects the beauty in history and legend. “History is a big theme in my art,” she says.
De Young, who is double majoring in art and psychology with a minor in dance, creates artwork that highlights nature by getting up close and personal to little things.
“My major’s focus is mainly on drawing, but I also have a fair amount of photography that will be in the show,” says De Young.
Goffnett’s work captures her personal aesthetic through a formalistic lens. “My work is exploratory, moody and intimate,” she says.
Irland-Wright pushes audiences down “never-ending rabbit holes that interweave popular culture, musical vibrations and old legends.”
“It’s all a mash up but comes together as the dark side of human nature and human refuge,” says Irland-Wright.
Helm presents work that is a twist of surrealistic and illustrative quality. “My work deals with the inner self, in a physical and psychological sense,” she says.
Ottoman’s artwork is a narrative voice that captures a sense of placement and the urge to belong.
“One of the common themes in my work is the implied or obvious sense of belonging somewhere or wanting to belong somewhere,” says Ottoman.
Posted: Thu, March 21st, 2013 at 8:24AM