Published Nov. 23, 2011
Springfield, Ohio – Fourteen Wittenberg University Senior Studio Art majors will display a sample of their thesis projects at the annual Winter Exhibition, which opens with an artists’ reception from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, in the Beach Gallery at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University, 107 Cliff Park Road.
The show runs through Sunday, Jan. 15, and each student will exhibit one or two pieces from their medium, which include silver jewelry, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, graphic design and digital media.
Drawing: Ben Merkert from Troy, Ohio; Mariah Bergeron from Berlin, NH; and Kevin Truitt from Marysville, Ohio;
Digital Media: Angela Collino from Fairview Park, Ohio;
Digital Photography: Samantha Dahlstrom from Naperville, Ill.;
Jewelry: Hannah Riley from Minerva, Ohio, and Kelly Kratzer from Sardinia, Ohio
Oil Paint: by Kirsten Bildsten from Westerville, Ohio;
Paint: by Liz Guetle from Mansfield, Ohio, and Clara Schwan from Medina, Ohio;
Photography: Mackenzie Fennell from Fort Thomas, Ky., and Catherine Soles from Gahanna, Ohio;
Sculpture: Ashley Weber from Holley, N.Y., and Elizabeth Morris from Reading, Ohio.
“The exhibit is a group show where each senior selects one or two products and places them in the exhibit for the community to get a preview of what is to come in April when they have completed their projects,” said Ed Charney, associate professor of art. “Seniors also are learning about the mechanics of exhibit installation and all that goes with public display of art work in the Winter Show. The numerous elements of exhibition events and behind-the-scene components of art displays are part of the learning process. The show serves as a rehearsal of the exhibit process itself, and also as a sample of their production at the half-way point in the school year.”
According to Charney, the students are creating a year-long project, which involves several months of production that challenges each student on many levels.
“It is difficult to manage a production project that spans so many months because it has the potential to overwhelm the artists at multiple points along the way,” Charney said. “To insure that each student is moving in a positive direction, they work with a faculty mentor who oversees their decisions and efforts throughout the year-long schedule.”
Each student selects the concept for the thesis that is reviewed and assessed at the end of the junior year and again at the beginning of the senior year.
“Once an appropriate concept is found that captures each student’s creative energy and imagination, they are expected to create a production schedule that enables them to work steadily toward their goals,” Charney said. “Students look at models in the art field that can provide inspiration and direction as they organize their production schedules for the year. The expectations for each student to merge high-quality craftsmanship and material excellence in their work are communicated to them throughout the year as the students participate in regular critiques and studio visits by their faculty mentors.”
These projects result in the creation of a professional portfolio for each of the students at the end of the year.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts