Twenty-five seniors will cap off their learning at Sam Houston State University by showcasing the culmination of their years of hard work during the Graduating Senior Exhibition May 5-10 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.
“The Senior Exhibition is a capstone experience for students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art, photography and animation,” said Annie Strader, assistant professor of art and 3G committee chair.
“There is a large range of media included in the exhibit this spring, including video installation, ceramics, sculpture, photography and drawing,” she said. “Several works created by each student will be displayed to show a sampling of their larger body of work.”
A reception for the exhibit will follow May 10 commencement for the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, which begins at 2:30 p.m.
Luke Ikard, who will receive his BFA in studio art, will exhibit mixed media sculptures that pull from personal memories to create mechanical, rigid devices made of wood, found objects and video. His art serves as a way to process his past and decipher a reality that may be partially fabricated by his own imagination, Strader said.
BFA photography major Elise Weber uses photography as a way to express all human emotion in relation to life and nature.
Weber creates surrealistic scenes that contain universal intangibles: love and light, time and grief.
BFA studio art major Katelyn Newman uses video to direct and highlight parts of the world that she finds interesting or has deemed "un-important.”
These areas are then explored through many layers of video and various editing techniques to create complex moving images that emphasize intense movement, color and texture, according to Strader.
Michelle Pena, a BFA in studio art, uses porcelain in its raw and fired states to create everyday objects, such as plates and window frames, to examine personal memory and the fragility of life.
Other works include animations from graduating seniors Natalie Barela and Catherine Young, who have focused on storyboarding and narrative character driven content; Jessell Boseman, who has fine-tuned a character and visual development portfolio; and Keyton Berry, who specializes in character rigging and set up—a technical process where digital characters are prepared for animation by attaching control point to them, Strader said.
Animators Marissa Danison and Brooke Fail specialize in 3-D character animation, which delivers top-notch performances and brings emotion to characters; Ryan Chriswell, Mark McMuarry, and Raphael Medina created portfolios on digital environment modeling and 3-D set design by adding textures and imagery to these models; and Trey Thornton created multiple texture assets to be added to his surfacing portfolio.
Other featured students include photographers Liz Gonzalez, Chelsey Schaffeld and Farrah Al Sulamain; studio artists Emelia Bates, Laura Pregeant, Kevin Shelton, Jack Weidman, Kailey Shea Smith, Megan Mulholland, and Theresa Hamel; and animator Ryan Rivera.