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BC 2013 Art Majors and Minors Exhibit Senior Thesis Work

Bridgewater College art majors and minors will exhibit their works in a senior art thesis exhibition on campus May 6 – May 18.

The art majors are Stephanie Bailey of Elkton, Va., Miriam Beckwith of Timberville, Va., Victoria Call of Londonderry, N.H., Erin E. Fillers of Gainesville, Va., Jessie Houff of Bridgewater, Va., Hailey Light of Carlisle, Pa., Amanda Moyer of Stanley, Va., Lauren Kathryn Portner of Mineral, Va., Amy Robb of Glen Allen, Va., Krissy Snyder of Eden, N.C., Olivia Stone of Fredericksburg, Va., Brianne F. Sullivan of East Williston, N.Y.,  and Kaitlyn Wiltshire of Fredericksburg, Va. Art minors Natasha Hudok of Huttonsville, W.Va., Chelsey Nellos of Hampton, Va., and Jaclynn Pocchiari of Shepherdstown, W.Va., will also exhibit work.

A reception for the artists is on Monday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at each exhibition site. Maps for the exhibition sites will be available in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery on the second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library. The receptions and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Call, Stone and Robb are exhibiting work in the Miller Gallery.

Call and Stone are working together on an installation. Call is showing large-scale drawings and Stone is exhibiting photography. The installation illustrates how they have experienced God in their lives, focusing mainly on the emotional aspect of their experiences.

Robb is exhibiting photographs of the interiors of abandon houses and hand-thrown ceramic sets, including a tea set and a dinner set, a bowl set and a plate set. The combination of the photographs and ceramic sets are used as a metaphor for broken families.

Bailey’s work will be on display in the Commuter Lounge and hallway, located in the lower level of the Kline Campus Center. Bailey uses collages to capture the essence of dreams while one is asleep, as well as daydreams. “Dreams can be surreal, frightening, exciting and magical adventures,” said Bailey. “In my artwork, I try to capture these different journeys.”

Beckwith’s exhibition of assemblages in window frames will be located on the south end of the second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library. Beckwith explores history, change, and what becomes of the things left behind by time’s evolution.

“We can only glean a limited knowledge of the history of these objects and places,” she said. “It is as if we are looking through a dim window.”

Coleman is exhibiting dance silhouettes at the front entrance and around the track in the Funkhouser Center for Health and Wellness. The pieces show three types of dance – hip-hop, lyrical and modern. Coleman focuses on the positive and negative space between the model and the backdrop making the image pop.

Fillers' show will be located in the first floor lobby of Bowman Hall and combines mark-making and color experimentation with unusual-looking animals. This series focuses on grabbing one’s attention as a wild animal would in its natural environment.

Houff’s exhibition will be in the lobby of Cole Hall. She will feature book arts – books altered to become artistic pieces – to reflect her love of theater and dance. In addition to books, the exhibition contains complex pieces such as a ballet tutu on a manikin.

“I tell stories of theater and dance with very significant inspirations from the greatest playwright in history, William Shakespeare, and the importance of music and costumes,” she said.  

Moyer’s show will be in the lobby of the Kline Campus Center. Her work consists of magazine covers that attract attention by incorporating text with photographs and illustrations.

“The linear structure of art pieces and the way text can be incorporated has become a fascination of mine,” said Moyer.

Portner’s exhibition, located in the hallway by the pool in Nininger Hall, consists of photographs of people with visible scars that have altered their life in some way.

“I aim to show their struggles through their scars,” she said, “but also to show their survivorship and determination to push through life no matter what obstacle they encounter.”

Snyder will exhibit large graphite drawings of eagles in the lobby of Nininger Hall.

“I like drawing big,” she said. “I have always heard the bigger, the better and it is a risk to make a mark on a large sheet of expensive paper.”

Snyder likes moving around while drawing, extending the whole arm. “I can get aggressive with it and actually put emotion in my work,” she said.

Sullivan and Wiltshire will exhibit work on the first floor of the McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics.

For her exhibition, Sullivan uses ink pens to create pieces using words to describe elephants or the experiences she has had with them. The narrative, used to shade and add details, is placed in specific ways to create an elephant. During the summer of 2012, Sullivan completed an internship working with elephants at the Bronx Zoo and, in January of 2013, she went on an Interterm trip to South Africa where she observed elephants in the wild.

Wiltshire is exhibiting paintings of close-up views of gravestones focusing on the textures of the disintegrating rocks, cracks and other breaks, as well as the colors from minerals in the stones. To give the paintings a 3-D texture, she used different mediums and found objects.

“By allowing my work to be more textured and have dimension,” she said, “I have mimicked the deterioration of the graves themselves.”

Light’s work, 3-D animal sculptures interacting with 2-D paintings, will be located in the lounge in Moomaw Hall. She paints scenes in which one or more of the subjects are outside the painting as a free-standing ceramic figure. Light plans on pursuing a career in veterinary medicine and enjoys expressing her interest in animal behavior and anatomy through art.

Hudok is exhibiting her work in the Black Box Theater in Cole Hall. Her show features abstract black and white photography of plant life using minimalistic and surrealistic techniques that create a sense of “mystification.”

Nellos is showing her work in the Heritage-Wright Link. Her exhibition includes photos that have a ghost-like/ethereal form evident with the image.

“When someone hears the word “‘haunting’” it is easily misconstrued as being frightening and that is not always the case,” she said. “The audience will see the serenity and creativity involved in creating the images.”

Pocchiari’s work, manuscript illuminations, is being shown in the hallway of the third floor of Bowman Hall. Illuminated manuscripts are old book pages scribed by hand. Pocchiari uses watercolor and gold leaf to embellish calligraphy. All the texts used in the pieces in the show come from Thomas Malory’s Morte D’Arthur.

Posted 4/26/13

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