By Tyler Dunham

Staff Writer

Senior Allison Fender, a studio art major whose work is a part of “Ten”, takes in one of the exhibition’s installations by fellow senior studio art major Sara Escobedo

Ten seniors in Transylvania’s art program have put their creative forces together to bring their culminating exhibit to Morlan Gallery.

The exhibit, “Ten,” contains a variety of works from the ten senior studio art majors, ranging from photographs to abstract paintings.

“The senior show is totally organized, designed and executed by the seniors,” said Morlan Gallery Director Andrea Fisher. “The Morlan Gallery has been the senior thesis exhibition venue for as long as I have been at Transy.”

Until April 20, this tradition will continue.

The students whose works will be presented are Isabel Barr, Alison Cahill, Sara Escobedo, Allison Fender, Kara Hansel, Ryla Luttrell, Alexis Schuman, Julia Sebastian, Megan Wainscott and Kayla Weber.

Each senior brings something different to the exhibition through different inspirations and mediums. For example, Barr asserted that her artwork is “dealing with the education decline in the United States,” while Cahill presents examples of her photographic skill.

Escobedo, who said that her interests range widely, has contributed works covering digital illustration, mixed-media sculpture, carving, painting and costume-making. Fender has focused on painting and sculpture.

Hansel, on the other hand, said that her contribution’s “driving force” is color. Luttrell has used art as a form of discussion and plans on continuing her art after college by investing in glass-working materials.

Schuman believes that “the knowledge of our impending deaths should not be something that paralyzes us but instead incites us to act” and works with three-dimensional sculptures.

Sebastian contributes print art and claims “an affinity for the printmaking process because it provides my work with cleanliness and precision; this process acts as a tool that clarifies and sharpens the content of my prints.” Weber primarily works with two-dimensional art.

“It is hard for me to explain my art in words,” said Wainscott, “because quite often it evolves from something very personal or so emotionally deep, it is hard to talk about. This is why I make art, to express those feelings in a piece that explains it all without having to make verbal and written conversation.”

As all the artists are seniors, this will be the last time they present their art on campus as students.

“When coming to terms with what I should do for this senior art exhibit, I was anxious,” Weber said. “I have always been told what to create, always prompted in some way, but not this time. This exhibit is me, without the help of anyone else’s ideas or judgments.”

The exhibit is free to browse through and will be part of the Lexington Gallery Hop April 20.


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