Posting Date: November 9, 2012
Kennesaw State University art exhibition highlights seniors' work
School of Art and Design seniors showcase wide variety of art
By Nicholas Hinterhauser
Attendees view student artwork during the
fall 2011 Senior Exhibition opening reception.
Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant
This fall is an exciting time for Kennesaw State University’s School of Art and Design seniors. Graduating seniors will showcase their art in two exhibitions housed in the Art Gallery and the Fine Arts Gallery from Nov. 14 through Dec. 1. The opening reception at each gallery is on Nov. 14 from 5-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Hosted by the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, the exhibitions will incorporate a wide variety of media. Students will present professional quality art in five areas of concentration: painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. The students will be in attendance during the receptions to represent their work.
Almost all of the disciplines of the School of Art and Design will be showcased in the fall exhibitions. “The exhibition is more than a student art show; it is a wrap-up of everything the students have worked toward for the last four years,” says Donna Munsel, a student of the School of Art and Design. “The students are shown how to fine-tune their curriculum vitae and portfolio, are given insight on how to select a graduate program and are exposed to the curatorial process. As a student, the class helped me develop my personal strategy, and the best possible method of how, to whom and where I should present my artwork.”
The senior exhibition is a required partial fulfillment for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. In addition, the exhibition also features students graduating with degrees in art education and art history. The curriculum immerses the students into the professional world of exhibitions and makes them responsible for every aspect of the process. This includes articulating their vision to a curatorial committee, resolving installation challenges within the limitations of display space, securing insurance coverage for their work and marketing the event.
These responsibilities allow the students to apply technical knowledge learned in the curriculum’s professional practices classes; however, they are not alone in this daunting process. Assistant Curator Kirstie Tepper explains, “each work of art in these exhibitions is the result of a collaborative creative process. The senior exhibition class professor, Robert Sherer, along with studio faculty, classmates and Zuckerman Museum staff all offer specialized expertise that supports students in presenting the most polished and successful final body of work possible.”
Experiences such as these are crucial to the philosophy of the School of Art and Design as well as Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts as a whole. The curriculum strives to nurture a student’s personal creativity while also teaching them the technical skills necessary in the professional world. “We hope to not only foster the passion of our students but also teach many of the professional skills that are crucial when working with galleries or other professional organizations,” explains Tepper.
The Exhibition I reception will be held in The Art Gallery in Horace W. Sturgis Library and the Exhibition II reception will be held in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Joe Mack Wilson Building. The receptions will take place concurrently from 5–8 p.m. on Nov. 14. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the KSU Art Museum website or call 770-499-3223.