BC Art Majors and Minors Present Senior Thesis Work May 4-16

April 23, 2015

Bridgewater College art majors and minors will exhibit their works in a senior art thesis exhibition, “Ten Suitcases,” on campus May 4 – 16.

The art majors are Patricia A. Ajavon from Sterling, Va., Larissa Gallaher from Stephens City, Va., Kaylyn Jennings from Newport News, Va., and Ashleigh Pugh from Fredericksburg, Va.. The art minors are Justin Bland from Bealeton, Va., Celeste Corbman from Luray, Va., Abby Daniels from Roanoke, Va., Jahna Iman Merritt from South Chesterfield, Va., and Breana N. Miller from Sykesville, Md.

A reception for the artists is Monday, May 4, from 5 to 8 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.

Each of the art majors will present an artist’s talk at the location of their exhibition. Ajavon will speak at 5 p.m., Gallaher at 5:30 p.m., Jennings at 6 p.m. and Pugh at 7 p.m.

Ajavon, Gallaher, Jennings, Corbman and Miller are exhibiting work in the Alexander Mack Memorial Library. Ajavon and Gallaher’s work will be in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery, located on the second floor. Jennings and Corbman’s exhibitions are located on the lower level of the library. Miller’s work is located on the window sills on the first floor.

Ajavon will present ceramic bowls decorated with a batik effect. She traces a pattern onto the fired clay, which is then fired a second time. She then adds a water-based wax along with glaze to create a second coat of design and the piece is fired again.

Gallaher will exhibit acrylic paintings of sea turtles that have been created by applying paint with non-traditional applicants such as sponges, plastic bags, bubble wrap and glass—all pollutants that have caused harm to sea turtles. Gallaher’s paintings focus on various angles of the species, emphasizing the turtle’s beauty and strength as well as its struggles.

Jennings’ exhibition is a showcase of wood sculptures that are composed of simple geometric shapes that become a free-standing entity that is self-supporting.

Corbman is presenting 3D sculpture using books as the medium. Some of the topics represented include stress, frustration and home sickness.

Miller is exhibiting 3D book art. Combining a psychology major with a minor in art, she focuses her show on dreams and nightmares, which she said fuel some of the best art.

Pugh’s show, located in the first-floor hallway of the McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics, features individual acrylic paintings which, when placed together, form a sea creature.

Bland’s show of abstract pieces, completed with Prismacolor colored pencils and featuring intense shapes and rich colors, will be in the first floor lounge in Bowman Hall.

Daniels is exhibiting low-key portrait photography near the coaches’ offices in Nininger Hall. Her photography utilizes predominantly dark tones to create a dramatic-looking image.

Merritt’s exhibition, located in the Eagle’s Nest in the lower level of the Kline Campus Center, features photography that she manually transfers into black and white, and is accented with red cloth within the photo.