The annual Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Senior Thesis Show at Plymouth State University is the capstone experience for fine arts majors in studio art and graphic design. This year, 18 advanced art students in PSU’s B.F.A. degree program will exhibit their work beginning April 18 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and the Silver Center for the Arts.
Gallery talks will be presented by graphic design students at 4 p.m. Monday, April 23 and by studio artists at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.
“The B.F.A. exhibition allows the whole community to see the work of PSU’s most motivated and engaged art students,” said Gallery Director Catherine Amidon. “The current B.F.A. exhibition reflects the diversity of work in the department and the vitality of student production at PSU.”
The exhibition represents many months of sustained, independent, creative and technical development for the students, under the tutelage of a faculty advisor.
Exhibiting studio artists are Carla Blakely of Antrim, Erika Borne of Berlin Vt., Meghan Swanson of Attleboro, Mass., Allison Lawrence of Warner, Chelsi Rae Allen of Canaan, Carla Giordano of Campton and Ryan Baird of Sandwich, Mass.
Exhibitors in graphic design< are Michael Folini of West Peterborough, Karina Giordano of Campton, Jesse Rand of Rochester, Amanda LaBrie of Goffstown, Ashlee Sprague of Trenton, Maine, Lindsay Parise of Wilton, Tyler Newton of Plymouth, Tara Walker of Plymouth, Greg Troutman of Glastonbury, Conn., Chris Gaughan of Bristol and Jonathan Gagnon of South Dartmouth, Mass.
The BFA experience provides students an opportunity to develop their skills and spend time deeply exploring a subject or style of interest. Lindsay Parise’s project is entitled “Travel Majja: Travel Agency.” “I enjoy traveling; it is what I live for. To experience new things, meet new people, get a change of surroundings, observe new culture and society, and to step outside of my comfort zone. I decided to design a travel company that would cater to the needs of younger people living for that experience; not a tourist. This company is about living, experiencing and understanding the places people go,” Parise said.
Studio artist Carla Blakely works in clay. She said, “Every day, as living organisms of this planet, we are constantly exposed to different natural elements. In ceramics, I became more aware of these elements and the interconnectedness of them. It is a challenging process working with air, water, fire and earth; and it amazes me that the correct balance of elements can create echoes of existence. I am inspired by organic aspects of nature and the networking of relationships between myself and the environment.” Blakely said the surface treatment of all her pieces is an important aspect to her. She wants the viewer to have a desire to touch her work. “I choose to use glaze sparingly, by using natural colors and raw elements such as iron, or just leaving the clay body raw,” she said. By Keeping the color palate natural, I want the viewer to relate my art to their natural world.”
The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is open Monday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. The Silver Center for the Arts is open Monday ¬Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and weekends noon – 6 p.m. and during performances.