By Erica Fugger
Throughout the term, members of the Class of 2011 have exhibited their senior projects in the Visual Arts Atrium. The last two weeks of spring feature the works of five of these students, including Amanda Purner and Hilary Zelson.
Purner, the 2011 Arnold I. Bittleman Memorial Prize recipient, exhibits her work in Silverpoint Drawings, showing next week. This senior describes her drawings through silver wire as “light and ethereal,” often using direct observations in order to capture great detail in her pieces.
The artist built upon her independent study work in the fall in order to continue for two more terms and create her senior project. She worked with Professor Hatke and her academic advisor, Professor Wimer, for guidance in her studies.
Purner stated that she hopes that “the beauty I see in my subjects comes through to the viewer.” The student is especially excited to reintroduce silverwire through her artwork, categorizing it as a “beautiful and largely forgotten medium.”
Likewise, Zelson’s exhibition, entitled Glitter Paintings, will be showcased the following week in the Visual Arts Atrum. The senior cited her studies in untraditional media at the Chautauqua School of Art over the summer as highly influential in the direction of her senior project.
The artist used watercolor paper, acrylic gel, and glitter to create her painting, layering the glue and glitter to create a dimensional effect.
Similar to Purner, this student also began her work as an independent study before developing it into a senior project. She also worked with the same professors as advisors to her pieces.
Reflecting on her exhibition, the senior said, “A painting does not mean it needs to be made from paint. I hope that everyone can see something different in my paintings, and see a little of me through the work. Each painting embodies a different aspect of myself, and what I was thinking or feeling when it was created.”
Amanda Purner’s Silverpoint Drawings runs May 30 through June 3 in the Burns Arts Atrium Gallery of the Visual Arts. Zelson’s Glitter Paintings will be on display from June 6 through June 12 in the same location. Both exhibits are free and open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.