Advanced art students in Plymouth State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program will exhibit their work this month and next at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and the lobby of the Silver Cultural Arts Center. The annual BFA exhibition is the capstone experience for fine arts majors in studio art and graphic design. Bill Haust, the Chair of the Art Department, calls the exhibition “a celebration of student achievement and success.”
The media featured in the show varies from painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and drawing to graphic arts, Web design and video production. Subject matter includes social commentary, natural forms, abstractions, landscape and corporate design. The show will include thesis work by 23 senior BFA students.
Exhibiting student artists include ceramicists Stephanie Cole of Eliot, Maine and Emily Frankenfield of Hanover, printmaker Andrew French of Gilford, painters Katie-Mae Ellingwood of Goffstown, Lydia Miller of Holderness, Sarah Redhouse Walker of Ashland and Jade Sisti of Providence. Students focusing in sculpture include Margarita Dufresne of Plaistow, Chris Lee of Wellesley, Mass., Chris Marcoux of Winslow, Maine, Bryn Migliore of Londonderry and Curtis Phelps of Claremont.
Graphic arts students focused on corporate identity design for their BFA thesis projects, designing logos, posters, catalogs, Web sites and other advertising campaigns for fictional or real companies. The students chose a variety of companies to base their design work on, including ski resorts, clothing companies, a film production agency and an environmental consulting firm.
Graphic design professor David Martin commended this year’s 11 BFA design seniors for their hard work and commitment to design projects. “The dedication and persistence maintained throughout the year by this group of graphic design majors is demonstrated in the high standard of work and quality of the final exhibition they have assembled for the public to enjoy,” said Martin.
Exhibitors in graphic design are Alina Jean Knox, Mickey Hakes, Ben Johnson, Erica Rodrigues, Whitney Swaffield, Shannon Carey, Norma Shepardson, Kyle Browning, Tyler Denis, Teresa Kudarauskas and Alycia Parkinson.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a four-year program of study in studio art or graphic design for students interested in graduate study or in a career as a professional designer or artist. During their senior year, BFA candidates develop a body of work through which they explore a range of themes, styles and techniques. An art faculty committee guides the artistic progress of each student and assists with the selection of a group of works to be featured in the annual Senior BFA Exhibition.
The BFA experience provides students with an opportunity to develop their skills and spend time exploring a subject or style of interest. Graphic design student Alina Jean Knox, who designed promotional materials for a fictional ski resort called Moosehead Mountain, said the thesis project gave her “the experience of working on an extensive project to completion and presenting it in an exhibition, which was both exciting and challenging.”
Work from this year’s Senior BFA candidates will be on display from April 20 to May 21 with an opening reception on April 20 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and 5 – 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
The Karl Drerup Gallery is located on the first floor of the Draper and Maynard Building on Main Street in Plymouth. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m.
The Silver Cultural Arts Center lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, call (603) 535-2614.