Student Exhibition Opens at Allegheny College

The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects Exhibition with a public reception in the galleries on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. The show is an opportunity to showcase the work of graduating art majors and minors as well as upper-level art students.

Fifteen students will exhibit. Cliff Lee reflects on racial identity through scenes of cultural tension. Elisabeth McDonald is exploring abstract surfaces in collaging fabric and paint, while also creating a relationship among fashion, fine art and interior design. Kasey Hinkle will present a series of drawings using cosmetics to depict the horrors of animal testing within the cosmetics industry.

Natalie Bensel will present an ongoing performance depicting a pilgrimage through her personal burdens for the duration of the gallery opening. Anna-Marie Williams invites her viewers to participate in a photographic exploration of one’s inner child through dress-up and play. Jessica Duvall will present cast wax sculptures that reflect the cycles of creation and destruction through material transformation.

Through a collection of black and white photographs, Paige Missel explores the ideas of community, sentimentality and the passage of time. Rachel Verno’s collection of black and white photographs encourages civic action by exploring the public school system policy of No Child Left Behind.

Bri Kretz utilizes mixed media drawings to explore the unifying cycle of life and death portrayed through symbolic depictions of the passage of time and seasons across the globe. Karen Kaye will explore form and movement through paintings that are derived from her passion for dance. Lance Claflin’s drawings of winged human forms explore flight, freedom, growth and struggle.

Aaron Alston’s photomontages explore the ideas of otherworldliness and surrealism. Karley Miller will use personal connections to the concept of phobia as a way to explore themes of fear and anxiety through an illustrated body of work.

Through computer art drawings with a cartoonist styling, Matt Fody creates an adaptable adventure controlled by the viewer. Molly White’s landscape paintings depict personal memories exploring the therapeutic nature of the creative process.

In addition to the public reception, the exhibit can be viewed through Sunday, Dec. 15. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30-5 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Visitors are asked to call ahead to verify hours, since programs are subject to change. The Art Galleries, which are wheelchair accessible, are located in Doane Hall of Art, east of North Main Street between College and John Streets in Meadville. For more information, phone 814-332-4365 or visit