Senior Thesis Exhibition is Capstone of Plymouth State Career for BFA Students

April 1st, 2008 by Adam

Kelly Grenier, “Amazon Birds”

Robert Caruso, “Trench Coat and Chair”

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Before they cap their paint pots and tubes of ink, slabs of clay and other materials, and before they shut down their computers for good, Plymouth State University seniors graduating in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program must present a capstone project to their teachers, peers and the public.

Those collected works, and artist statements by the participants, compose the 2008 Senior BFA Thesis Exhibition, April 23–May 16 at Plymouth State University.

The exhibition represents many months of sustained, independent, creative and technical development for the students, under the tutelage of a faculty advisor. To accommodate all the students’ works the exhibition takes place across two venues, The Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building, and the Silver Center for the Arts.

Receptions will be held at each venue from 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. Studio artists will present talks in the Drerup Gallery Monday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 7 at 4 p.m.

Professor of Graphic Design David Martin said the show offers students a valuable experience in showing graphics that have been researched, considered, critiqued and perfected—that will represent what they are truly capable of as designers.

“BFA students have aspired to a higher level of educational excellence by committing themselves to the thesis project for a full year. I think the quality of the work represents that commitment, and proves what dedication and persistence will yield,” Martin said.

Graphic design major Kelly Grenier of Rochester described her growth through the senior thesis process. “Throughout this experience I gained more knowledge through critiques
with fellow graphic designers, and I mastered skills in software. I’ve seen the complete process of not only my own work but everyone else’s as well. From the start of the logo to the finished poster design I have gained a more useful way of critiquing work,” she said.

Studio artist Lindsay Feller of Canton, Conn. said, “I am an artist because I feel there is nothing better than the ability to create with ones hands. My craft is oil paints. When I create a painting, I become connected with it. I bring out feelings that I have had or I have witnessed others have, through literal facial emotions or words. Through color or value I hope to let others release their own energy to make these works unique and personal to themselves.”

Michael Gonsalves, a graphic design major from Plymouth, designed a skateboard theme park and created materials to market the park. “In the skateboarding industry the graphics are wild, random, clean and all of the above. There are many different cultures in skateboarding, so rather than create a park that relates to only one group, I created different styles throughout the whole theme park. I want to keep it playful and fun, which skateboarding should be,” Gonsalves said.

Printmaker Laura Utley from Dover uses styrofoam for printing plates and prints on canvas. Her large-scale prints are “colorful images with bold lines and shapes,” she said.

Exhibiting studio artists in addition to Feller and Utley are Brittany Anderson from Moultonborough, Kate Bedard from Gilmanton Iron Works, Erin Blanchard from Bedford, Robert Caruso from Laconia, Brieanna Casey from Quincy, Mass., Kendra Lang from Plymouth and Alicia Roche from Plymouth.

Exhibitors in graphic design alongside Gonsalves and Grenier are Angela Carleton from Sunapee, Mike Jennison from Las Vegas, Nev., Rayne Marden from Townsend, Mass., Lindsay McFarland from Webster and Sarah Vopelius from Long Valley, N.J.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday until 8 p.m. and by appointment.

The Silver Center for the Arts is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m., and during performances.

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