Eight senior art majors will be featured in the senior art show this May. Pieces were put on display in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery in the Center for Visual Arts earlier in the week, but the exhibit officially opens Friday, May 2 from 7-9 p.m.
Seniors Matthew Winder, Laura Bane, Jennie Yu, Jacob Harvey, Anh Ta, Erin Murtha, Kali Johnson and Cassie Grogan all created pieces for the show. Their exhibit includes a wide variety of artwork, including paintings, marble stone and clay sculptures, graphic designs, photographs, drawings, screen prints and stained glass windows.
To determine which pieces of art would be displayed in the gallery, a jury process was held on April 10. “You take the [artwork] you are most proud of […] and hang it up on the walls, and basically cross your fingers and hope for the best,” Winder said.
Art professors Tom Shields, Scott Parsons, Lindsay Twa, Gerry Punt, and John Peters then judged the artwork and selected pieces from each student’s collection for the show.
“Some people could get one in; some people could get 20 in. It depends on the volume of work you have,” Winder said.
Matthew Winder, a pre-architecture art major, primarily emphasizes in drawing, sculpture, and 3D models. He will have an oil painting, a sculpture, and a drawing in the show.
Laura Bane has taken four semesters of painting classes.
“I’ve been painting my whole life,” she said. “It has always been a favorite – just working with colors and seeing what I can create.”
Bane created a “Transformation Series” of four oil paintings of hands holding a ceramic project in different stages. “I decided it would be really cool to do a series on transformation and the process of creating something new,” she said.
The Transformation Series will be on display, along with another painting, drawing, and a few sculptures.
Just outside the art gallery in the Center for Visual Arts atrium is a hanging installation made of chicken wire. The artists of the piece, Erin Murtha and Anh Ta, were instructed to construct a public art project for their graphic design class. Ta and Murtha created their installation over spring break, putting in 200 hours of work. They worked with typography, forming the chicken wire to create letters to spell out “fresh” and “free.”
“It inspires people to feel positivity and joy,” Ta said. “Children can play around it – it’s very interactive.”
Jennie Yu, an international student from Hong Kong, will have 23 pieces in the show, 12 of which are part of a series of children’s portraits. She has recently starting painting people she knows, including the children who attend the daycare she works at. “It’s a challenge to capture their likeness,” she said. “It’s been good practice.”
Portrait painting is Yu’s favorite – she has been drawing since she was in kindergarten and has been polishing her portrait painting skills since she was 14.
“Portraits tell something very individual and specific on each face,” Yu said. “If I find someone’s face to be genuine, I like it. I love doing children’s portraits because they are very honest about their emotions – they don’t fake their expressions.”
The senior art show is a major event for art students. “As an art major, this senior show is the biggest thing I could have dreamed of,” Yu said. “I’m so excited.”
At Friday’s 7:30 p.m. reception, Augustana will purchase some of the artwork for its collection and award one artist for an outstanding performance. The senior art show is free and open to the public and will be on display in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery until May 24.