Posting Date: March 06, 2013


Kennesaw State University Senior Art Exhibitions highlight students' work
School of Art and Design seniors showcase wide variety of work

By Tanya Brown

Denise Burke, Crystal Glaze Domes (detail)

Ceramic, 2011

If the last art project you recall involved popsicle sticks, paste or a watercolor set, prepare to be dazzled at Kennesaw State University’s Spring 2013 Senior Art Exhibitions, opening March 18, 2013.    


Creative seniors in the School of Art and Design’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program leave behind handprint ashtrays and express their muse using everything from exotic woods, hammered metals, iridescent glazed ceramics, seemingly fragile sculptures and cunningly crafted book art, to whimsical mixed media that might include flora, everyday objects, low voltage lighting or Japanese paper. Whatever the medium, the consistent ingredient is talent, and the Senior Art Exhibition puts the spotlight on the culmination of several years of hard work for students in the program.


Student artists focus on intensive work in art or design with a concentration in one of the following areas: graphic design, ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture or art education. A final step in the program is the Senior Exhibition and Seminar, a graded practicum course generally taken the student’s last semester, during which students receive guidance from professors on how to interact with the public and art professionals, coordinate setup for installations and price and market their work.


Assistant Curator Kirstie Tepper explains that a museum professional from the Zuckerman Museum of Art visits the class early in the semester and details the forms, procedures and policies students may encounter when exhibiting at any gallery or museum. As the Senior Art Exhibition nears, students consult with museum staff about the scope of their project, fill out condition reports and install their work during an intensive three-night process prior to the exhibition’s opening. 


Pieces are selected for the exhibition in a collaborative process between the artist, the Senior Exhibition class professor Katherine Taylor, Carole Mauge-Lewis and the studio professors in the individual concentrations. Students are encouraged to select pieces that represent their body of work, whether it is a single piece or several in a series. The students’ artwork will be for sale during the exhibition, with pricing determined by the artist.


The Senior Art Exhibition not only allows student artists the opportunity to display their work, but also gives them practical experience in preparing their work for installation and curation with professional galleries and museums. 


Approximately 37 students will participate in three different exhibitions in The Art Gallery at Sturgis Library. Exhibition I will be open from March 18-30; Exhibition II from April 8-20; and Exhibition III from April 27-May 9. All three exhibitions begin with an opening reception the first evening, with student artists in attendance to discuss their work with the public and answer questions. Opening receptions are from 5-8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Local artists, gallery owners, art patrons, KSU students, friends and family are encouraged and invited to attend.


For more information, visit the Zuckerman Museum of Art online or call 770-499-3223.



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