April 12, 2012 – The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Art Show in the Bowman, Penelec and Megahan Galleries with a public reception in the galleries on Tuesday, April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. The show is an opportunity for graduating Studio Art majors and Art and Technology majors to present to the public their senior projects, which are the culminating experience of their art studies.
The Spring 2012 Senior Art Show features the work of 13 artists, including six Art and Technology majors. M. Tundi Balogh uses photography to explore the food-industrial complex. Teresa Bensel tells “The Story of Food,” a self-conscious film that explores food culture, storytelling and human agency. Natalie Curtis uses photographic installation to consider her personal eating choices as she documents those who grow and consume foods sustainably versus those who purchase industrially manufactured, processed food items.
Dominic Meyer uses graphic design and advertising strategies to promote his home-grown brand of lifestyle products. Nicholena Moon explores the constructed nature of femininity through a series of staged performative photographs. Laith Zuraikat explores power through a collaborative photographic project in which his subjects are invited to become part of the process of making the work.
The show will also present the work of seven Studio Art majors. Kelly Burtch creates drawings with playful, imaginative papier-mache sculptural components. Jack Conant creates works in bronze that explore his relationship with fear and anxiety. Janna Dickerson layers image transfers and silhouettes on natural objects to explore the tenuous and often distant relationship we have with the natural environment.
Sarena Ferguson portrays the seven deadly sins in a series of sculptural textiles. Matt Freeland creates large sculptures to examine childhood imagination. Cynthia Lee builds a yurt – based on traditional homes of eastern Asian nomadic peoples – so that she may always have a place to call her own, even in the face of uncertain post-college economic and social conditions. Jacqui Reynolds shows a group of paintings that celebrate the vastness of the animal kingdom.
In addition to the public reception, the exhibit can be viewed through Saturday, May 12. Call 814-332-4365 for special hours during this exhibit. The Art Galleries are located in Doane Hall of Art, which is attached to the Campus Center on the Allegheny College campus, east of North Main Street between College and John Streets in Meadville. The Art Galleries are wheelchair accessible. All events are free to the public. More information about the Art Galleries can be found at www.allegheny.edu/artgalleries.