‘2017 Visual Arts Steinmetz Student Art Exhibition’ opens

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PlantThe 2016-2017 academic school year was eventful for the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts. As of April 10, the “2017 Visual Arts Steinmetz Student Art Exhibition” is in full swing through May 14. The exhibit featured the “best and most accomplished student work” by the Visual Arts faculty members. William D. Williams Professor Martin Benjamin selected works of photography; May I. Baker Professor Chris Duncan picked an array of sculptures; Assistant Professor Laini Nemett focused on paintings and drawings; Associate Professor Fernando Orellana took care of digital art and video submissions; Senior Lecturer and Artist in Residence Sandra Wimer chose the printmaking media works. Photography and Exhibition Technician Frank Rapant designed and installed the exhibition. Emblazoned with “2017 Steinmetz” superimposed on a Pepsi logo, the Crowell and West Galleries now house 133 individual works of art by 65 students. The West and Crowell Galleries were arranged in a way that had sculptures act as focal points while prints, paintings, photographs and drawings speckled the walls; digital art works had its own space dedicated to them — where one could find a lone television with two sets of headphones. Given that all of the works were faculty picks it is no surprise that every featured piece was impressive in its own right. The charcoal drawings were beautifully somber, but each of the student artists projected their own style in the art form. Black and white photographs neighbored the charcoal drawings. Each photograph series was accompanied with a touching short personal writing piece from the artist. The neutral colors and vulnerable looking subjects exhibited in both the drawings and the photographs made for a more intimate viewing experience that seemed to slow down the rush of college life, even if just for a moment. In contrast, the prints, paintings and some sculptures were loud and colorful to show off the absurdness that is modern life. Some works highlighted how people worship “goals” as though they are a trend; others put a dark spin on technological advancements and their implications on privacy. The digital arts platform was small in terms of exhibit size, but it had its share of fun works. Featured works either implemented 3D modeling and animation or code art. The television cycled through each student’s work; some were accompanied by sound to set up an atmosphere while others were meant to be enjoyed in silence. The modeling and animation and code art allowed for students to make a new kind of modern art that ranged from hypnotic to captivating all the way to eerie. One such work that was especially creepy was by Mark Hilbert titled “Dolly Dustbunny.” Additionally, to honor the featured artists, professors and faculty that worked to make the annual exhibition possible, the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts will also be hosting a closing reception on May 11, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

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