The Art Shows opening reception was held on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. At 2:30 p.m., Art Professor Wendell Arneson introduced each of the artists and his or her work. Due to the number of art majors graduating this year (37), Arnesons introductions were brief. Nineteen artists debuted in the first show.
The Art Museum was packed with proud family and friends. The whole show was positive and energetic due to the culmination of so much time, energy, emotion, and talent, said attendee Megan Salvolainen 03.
The 1st Senior Show, which will be displayed in Dittmann Center April 13-24, features something for everyones tastes. All mediums are represented, including paintings, photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures. I was impressed with the variety of artwork. I did not expecting to see thousands of ceramic cups carefully placed on the gallery window and floor below, said attendee Kate Sloterdyk 04.
Indeed, the artwork shows a diverse range of interests and talents. In the Virginia and Jennifer C. Groot Student Gallery, a caste aluminum tree made by Andy Ecklund 03 covers the expanse of the east wall. Artist Philip Cunninghams interesting set of Intaglio prints are displayed nearby. On the west wall hang the small, colorful oil paintings by Barrie Lyons 03.
More student artwork is located across from the student gallery in the Flaten Art Museum Gallery. On the parallel walls at the front of the gallery hang a series of watercolor and acrylic paintings that were inspired by collages and were created by Elizabeth Bondurant. Alissa Ewers figurative oil paintings hang on the far wall. To the left of Bondurants paintings are three watercolor pieces by Rachel Kessel. To get a true feel for the artwork one must go see it for themselves.
The 1st Senior Art Shows second showing, which commences on April 27. Like the current show, the series of works will be on display for two weeks. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursda, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both shows are free and open to the public.