Bachelor Of Fine Arts Exhibition April 17-May 19

April 6th, 2012 by Elizabeth

Senior Thesis Exhibition is Capstone of Plymouth State Career
for Bachelor of Fine Arts Students

Danielle O'Malley, ceramic

Plymouth, N.H.—The annual Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition at Plymouth State University is a rite-of-passage for graduating BFA students and a requirement for graduation. All Plymouth State BFA candidates must present a capstone project to their teachers, peers and the public.

The 2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition opens April 17 at both the Karl Drerup Art Gallery on No. Main Street,  and the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street, and closes May 19. Receptions will be held at both venues April 17 from 4­–6 p.m.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition showcases work of a select group of graduating seniors in the Department of Art. The works reflect their understanding of art and design and their preparedness to enter the creative world.

The exhibition presents work that is the capstone achievement of a full year of intensive inquiry, creative challenge, experimentation and exploration; and their development of a comprehensive and cohesive body of work from which pieces for the exhibition are selected. In addition, each venue offers unique curatorial and installation challenges, and a unique viewing experience.

Loni Pustizzi, logo

Loni Pustizzi designed a video game company for her graphic design capstone project, to help with what she perceived as a weakness in using Photoshop™ software.  “I knew that by creating a video game company I would be forced to come up with unique game art as well as ways to present and promote the games I have created,” she says. “The games I have created so far have confused people into thinking that they are games that already exist, and that could not make me happier with myself.”

Danielle O’Malley, a ceramist, says that sense of growth and tactile qualities are significant themes stimulating her whimsical work.  “I work meticulously, and spend anywhere from hours to days working on the layers of a single piece. I seek to ignite a captivating dialogue between my pieces that leaves the viewer curious about the creation process, the interaction of the organic forms and the importance of texture,” she says.

Zach Breen’s artistic concept concerns images of the known universe. He says it has become more of an adventure than ever he could have dreamed. “As an artist, I strive to push my personal boundaries and the boundaries of what printmaking allows me to express. For me, the process comes first and foremost. The overall image comes second, after I have learned what the process of the plate has to teach me. Working in this way forces me to be open to pushing a plate as far as I can,” he says.

Olivia Nelson, graphite and India ink on paper

A fascination with dreams informs Olivia Nelson’s work, and her paintings have developed into documentaries of her life, depictions of her dreams, shrines to her past and expressions of desire for what is to come. She says dream imagery can be so intangible that trying to remember or describe the dreams “is like walking through a spider web that you can feel clinging to your face, but can’t see. I try to express my visual and tactile experience through art and experience those sensations when creating it.”


2012 Plymouth State University BFA candidates are:

2D/3D studio art: Zach Breen of Chester, N.H.; Brian Buckland of Norway, Maine; Callie Garp of Loudon, N.H.; Olivia Nelson of Lee, N.H. and Danielle O’Malley of Bridgewater, N.H.

 Graphic Design: Adam Berthiaume of Salisbury, Vt.; Neil Colicchio of Groton, Mass.; Kevin Frost of Hollis Center, Maine; Christopher Ignagni of Kingston, Mass.; Craig Maines of Danbury, N.H.; Veronica Musch of Narragansett, R.I.; Lauren Pineau of Little Compton, R.I.; Loni Pustizzi of Hingham, Mass.; David Steigerwald of Littleton, Mass. and Arielle Tiner of Hampstead, N.H.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. The Silver Center for the Arts is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.­–5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon–6 p.m. Both venues are closed most PSU holidays.

Information about gallery exhibitions is available at (603) 535-2614 or online at

General information about events at PSU, is online at  ThisWeek@PSU,