Senior art exhibits take vastly different approaches
Four soon-to-be alumni utilize their talents to explore nature, modern times and everything in between
With the last week of school steadily approaching, seniors are preparing for their capstones, projects or exits. In the case of four humble art students, they are putting the finishing touches on what will be their senior capstone: filling the walls of a gallery with their own original art.
Megan Fletcher, a senior studio art major, is especially excited for the opening next week on April 30. She and three other peers will adorn the walls of the Wooten-Garner Artfix Gallery with pieces they have been working on all year. Fletcher’s art deals specifically with barns and their connection with the environment.
“My pieces are all about old barns,” Fletcher said, “and they are all in the plein-air style. They are very colorful and are a nice change from my usual liking of black and white.”
Her advisor, Associate Professor of Art Valerie Aranda, has been working closely with Fletcher in order to make sure her artwork will be gallery-ready come next week. Aranda stated that Fletcher’s art revolves around the changing environment and how this relates to the simple farmland.
“Megan is looking at the barn as a symbol of this vanishing system,” Aranda said, “and she explores these issues through her paintings. She’s also looking at different ways of experimenting with paint and color.”
Her artwork will consist of three canvas paintings of barns, utilizing her traditional favorite watercolor paints but delving into acrylic paints as well.
Fletcher is not the only senior displaying her artwork. Senior studio art major Chad Lawrence also is stealing a spot on the walls with his animation artwork and posters.
“It’s going to be a four-minute animation that will project on the wall,” Lawrence said, “and I’m hoping to accompany it with two movie posters for the animation.”
Lawrence delved into what the movie was going to be about without revealing too much. He wanted it to remain a surprise for the actual viewing.
“It’s a sci-fi, adventure cartoon about a guy living in a city in the clouds,” he said. “He then slowly realizes that something is a little bit off about certain things.”
Growing up around comics and cartoons, Lawrence’s life and hobbies seem to point toward art. His parents recognized this and enencouraged him in his pursuit of a career.
“I’ve always loved drawing,” he said, “and my parents always told me to do something I love. So that’s why I picked an art major.”
Among the mediums of painting and animation, senior studio art major Leah Wooddall will contribute to the gallery with her ceramic concentration.
“It is a tile picture made of rectangular clay tiles,” Wooddall said, “that have been carved into and had clay added to it. My piece is all about growth, memories and places.”
To finish off the group of contributing artists, senior studio art major Lindsey Norton will display her artwork consisting of a combination of painting and print work.
All four seniors will finally have their year’s worth of hard work displayed professionally in a gallery and exit the school with their diplomas in hand.