Exploring a vast range of artistic styles and media, the 2009 Annual Student Art Show is slated to set a new precedent for undergraduate artfulness at the Colleges. The show will have its opening reception on Friday, May 1 from 7-9 p.m. in all three HWS art buildings: Houghton House Gallery, the Goldstein Family Carriage House and the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Building.
In addition to its presence in these three buildings, part of what makes this year’s exhibition so spectacular is its broad range of form, in both art and architecture. The show will contain an energetic array of bronze sculptures, video, architectural models, traditional prints, mixed media paintings and digital images from numerous studio art and architecture classes. The exhibited works represent student artists in each academic class at the Colleges.
Two senior artists — Courtney Jones and Simone ver Eecke — will be featured in the exhibition for their honors projects in art. Jones’ work is titled “The Aesthetic of the Sublime: An Investigation of Formal Beauty and Energetic Violence Through Mixed Media Painting.” Ver Eecke’s project is titled “The Art of Composing Chaos: A Visual Experiment in Automatism.”
Ben Fenney ’09, a senior art student at the Colleges, explained that, “It represents a year’s worth of work in both intro and advanced classes and gives us a chance to see what that work looks like in a professional gallery setting.”
Fenney added that, “It is particularly important for those of us who are seniors to get to present what we’ve accomplished and to share that with the community. And on top of all of the academic value, the opening reception is a blast, and we have a great time.”
Looking forward to this year’s exhibition, Professor of Art Ted Aub said that, “As always, we are incredibly proud of our students. We ask them to engage with ideas, with craft, and with perception, and they do so in profoundly creative ways.”
All are invited to the exhibition and its opening reception.
Artwork (left) features one of several pieces in senior Courtney Jones’ honors project.