By Brittany Montgomery
Colors, lines and sculptures protrude from the white walls of the library’s Arla Ray Tyson Art Gallery beckoning students and faculty to come closer, think more deeply and appreciate more.
Senior art majors have one opportunity to display their masterpieces for the campus community to admire and appreciate. Each semester the art department holds exhibitions for graduating seniors as a way to highlight their accomplishments.
The Senior Art Exhibition is not only a time of celebration, but is also a learning process of how to hold a successful show.
Senior art education major Allie Wynne explained that, “It’s challenging because you have to think through ‘Why did I make that? Why did I choose that to be in my show?’ and then you also have to almost defend your art.”
Wynne is showing her work in the second exhibition this semester, beginning Nov. 30. A mission trip to Africa became the focus of Wynne’s
display, featuring both photographs and charcoal drawings from her travels.
Explaining her reasoning behind the theme, she said, “that was a really significant point in my life, and so it would be kind of nice to share that with people.”
Senior art studio major Susie Moss agreed that the exhibition is the final product of all her artistic skills coming together. While hanging her art she said, “we learned how to photograph everything, at what height to hang stuff, how to frame it, how to write artist statements and make cards. We’ve learned the whole process.”
Art students follow a strict process so that the community can better grasp the themes and focus of their work. Moss’ paintings center on aliens and unknown worlds and realms.
“I love the duality of it. Sometimes I feel strange, alienated, and I put myself in that role,” Moss explained. “I’m just letting my creativity come out.”
The reception for the first exhibition kicked off yesterday at 5:30 p.m. at the art gallery, where Moss’ art will be on display. Since each exhibition features three artists, the challenge of creating a cohesive show arose.
Moss said, “It was a challenge getting them all to mesh and getting them to work together to come up with a productive show … having to collaborate with two people, trying to get everyone’s opinions to mesh, especially for artists because we each have our own vision.”
Senior studio art major Elena Abercrombie is one of the two students that Moss has to collaborate with for the exhibition.
Abercrombie said she enjoyed, “the whole process, knowing that you are going to graduate and knowing that all your pieces are coming together.”
After returning back to school to finish a degree, Abercrombie found a passion. Her theme focuses on butterflies because of the compliments she receives from her husband.
“He always says, ‘You’re as pretty as a butterfly,’” Abercrombie explained.
For some art majors, the Senior Art Exhibition is not only a chance to share with others their work, but is also an opportunity to stretch people’s minds and spur the contemplation of beliefs.
Susie Moss invites people to wonder with her, “How big is the world, and why can’t God make other beings besides us?”