Seven students to exhibit at annual Senior Art Show starting April 8

Marietta College’s Art Department will finish its exhibition season with the unveiling of its annual senior capstone exhibition, which runs from April 8 to May 1.

Held on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center in the Atrium Gallery, the exhibition will kick off with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 8.

This year, the capstone exhibition showcases pieces completed by seven seniors in the majors of Studio Art and Graphic Design. The seven students — Lexi Callaway (Portage, Michigan), Kendra Embrescia (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Cong Liu (Beijing, China), Pippa Marmorstein (Harrisonburg, Virginia), Brittany Martin (Canton, Ohio), Elizabeth White (New Lexington, Ohio) and Katie Williams (Mars, Pennsylvania) —who will be premiering their work offer audiences with a variety of pieces ranging from paintings and drawings to information design and branding.

As a class, the students chose to name the exhibition “Unfold.” The idea that “there’s more than what meets the eye” is certainly an accurate description for the projects of this year’s exhibition. The name was also chosen to represent their journey as Marietta College students and emphasize the importance of art and design in general.

The seven seniors, with the direction of professors Sara Alway-Rosenstock and Jolene Powell are responsible for curating the exhibition as a part of their Art 488: Senior Seminar class. Each student was assigned and is responsible for a committee to help put the exhibition together.

These committees are in charge of developing the exhibition’s poster and postcard, catering the night of the opening reception, attending to the press, photographing headshots of the senior artists and designers, and installation and display of the exhibition. Each student has a designated area in the Atrium Gallery in which they will display all pieces that they have developed over the past year along with their artist and designer statements.

“This process, while trying at times, allowed me to truly explore my interests as a designer, and I could not be more excited to share my hard work with the community,” said Williams, a Graphic Design student.

Alway-Rosenstock is excited to see what the seniors bring to the exhibition.

“Each year the seniors are challenged to develop a project on their own accord,” she said. “They are always intimidated by this freedom, but have to work diligently to create capstone projects that are well-executed, while also communicating an idea or message that is uniquely their own.”

The exhibition, including the catered opening reception, is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Hermann Fine Arts Center is accessible and welcomes all visitors.