The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Projects Exhibition in the Bowman, Penelec and Megahan Galleries with a public reception in the galleries on April 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. The show is an opportunity for graduating Studio Art and Art & Technology majors to present their work to the public.
The Spring 2013 Senior Art Show features the work of nine artists: three Art & Technology majors and six Studio Art majors. Senior Projects represent the culmination of the students’ studies, with an emphasis on creation of original artworks.
“Perspectives and Realities,” by Tory Burgett, is a multimedia installation using film and tape that discusses the complications we have in perceiving the world when constructing our own versions of reality. Charley Larkin uses multiple dimensions in his installation to explore the world of shifting perspectives as he prompts us to break out of a manufactured reduction of existence, which he characterizes through the use of fortune cookies. The show will also feature a sound installation by Kevin Donahue.
Jessica Jeroski presents a series of black and white relief prints, titled “Swim,” that explore the movements of underwater animals. Lisbeth Pedroza’s work is about the struggle of defining ourselves while battling against the categories of identity imposed upon us by others. Randy Potter expresses consciousness by incorporating wax and other everyday materials into drawings of abstract and figurative sea creatures that represent those dwelling in the metaphorical ocean of his subconscious.
Andrew Shirley’s large-scale drawings exist as physical representation of the feelings and struggles of people battling self-consciousness. Anna Shriver explores how layers within her paintings act as a preserved record of her works’ pasts. Sandra Wilson’s works reach beyond stereotypes of Argentina and South America to more accurately portray Argentina’s rich historical and cultural background.
The exhibit can be viewed through May 10. Call 814-332-4365 for special hours during this exhibit. The Art Galleries are located in Doane Hall of Art, which is attached to the Campus Center on the Allegheny College campus, east of North Main Street between College and John Streets in Meadville. The Art Galleries are wheelchair accessible. All events are free to the public. More information about the Art Galleries can be found at www.allegheny.edu/artgalleries.