Senior Art Show

A sculpture in the Senior Art Show

Sculptures, ceramics, paintings, photographs, and short films by members of the Class of 2013 are all on display through April 17 in the Peppers Art Gallery.

The 2013 Spring Senior Art Show features pieces by Rheana M. Bales, graphic design; Candice E. Broersma, drawing and painting; Yurie Fujimoto, drawing and painting; Michael A. Gillham, ceramics and sculpture; Callie G. Henningsen, drawing and painting; Marcus D. Kardasinski, photography; Corey C. McDaniel, drawing and painting; Jaime A. Melendez, graphic design; Genaro A. Quesada, graphic design; Kevin R. Riewthong, graphic design; Tomy R. Takemura, drawing and painting; Meryl A. Turner, graphic design; Jesse H. Van Mouwerik, drawing and painting; Andrea Weskamp, ceramics and sculpture; and Eric J. White, graphic design.

“It is great seeing everyone's work together,” said Marcus Kardasinski ‘13. “I think that each person created incredible work and I am proud to show alongside them.”

Kardasinski has five pieces in the show; two short films and three photographs that go along. Each video took roughly a month and a half to create, with countless hours spent writing, framing shots, editing, scoring, and shooting.

“People should come to the art show to see what we, as artists, do,” he said. “It is difficult to fully explain to someone what we create when we make art, so being able to physically show people what we have spent countless hours working on is greatly rewarding.”

Corey McDaniel ’13 has four paintings in the show, all inspired by human relationships with the natural environment.

“Throughout the year, I felt like because it was a capstone I had the most opportunity to really put myself into the artwork,” he said. “It was very exciting, and the time in studio meant more to me this year than any other year. I definitely have an idea to open people’s eyes to what is going on with environmental issues in the U.S.”

According to Gene Jimenez, visiting assistant professor of art, the seniors have been working since September on the pieces that are now in the gallery.

“It starts with a semester of creative and technical exploration in the senior studio workshop, then in spring, the students’ sole focus is the production of their projects, most of which are being displayed in the Senior Art Show,” he said. “I am very happy for them. Many have worked very hard to get to this point. I am even happier for all those around them that supported them to this point. Parents, professors, mentors, family, friends. It takes a village to raise an artist, and the show is a product of that effort.”

While Jimenez and Tommi Cahill, assistant professor of art, both oversaw the students, other art faculty members, including chair Raul Acero, Penny McElroy, and Renée Azenaro, also met with the artists, offered tips and critiques, and helped with staging in the gallery.

“The students have regular one-on-one meetings and critiques with the faculty teaching the course, there are a number of class critiques and a faculty critique where the art faculty gives feedback on the student work,” Cahill said. “Once the students finalize their work they figure out how they want to present it. They get it mounted and framed. Once the work is ready to install we figure out which work would look best next to each other. Once the order and the flow of the show is figured out the students hang their work and light it.”

Cahill is very proud of the final result.

“Walking around the gallery and seeing the senior show installed leaves me with a feeling of such joy,” she said. “For the last four years I have had the pleasure of working with most of these students. I have gotten to know their process, their work habits, interests, and struggles. I have seen and been a part of their journey, watching them grow and evolve as artists, and to be a part of their process is such an honor. Each student had very different processes, and because of that Gene and I tried to navigate those needs in a very tailored way.”

The Peppers Art Gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A closing reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 17.

For more information, call 909-748-8360.

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