Over the next few weeks, efforts to ace final exams and complete final papers and projects will be well underway as summer approaches. Across academic disciplines, seniors will be putting the finishing touches on final projects before graduation. For art majors, these projects will be on display at the senior art major show on April 23.
The senior art show will feature pieces from graduating seniors and serves as their final project. Senior Hillary Dohoney looks forward to the exhibition and the opportunity to display her paintings for the Trinity community.
“The senior show is a great send-off for art majors,” Dohoney said. “It allows us to finally have the release of exhibiting our work in a public place and with that we get the validation that what we’ve learned at Trinity is enough to get us started outside of academia.”
In addition to preparing their individual pieces, each student has worked on some aspect of planning the show itself. Associate professor of art and art history Jon Lee has been meeting with students to discuss how the collaboration of different parts of the artwork will come together as a whole at the show.
“We have assigned different jobs to each student and they will all come together to produce the show,” Lee said. “They have worked really hard.”
Students say these small jobs have given them a glimpse of what goes into a show of this nature, besides the creation of the actual projects.
“We’ve been learning what all goes into an art show, like advertising, designing the layout and curating,” said senior Megan Brown. “It feels like we’re learning about the real world, instead of just taking classes structured around tests.”
Brown wasn’t the only one who learned skills applicable outside of the classroom.
“It has taught me how to meet a deadline and that I have the capacity to organize myself into a professional artist, at least for one night,” Dohoney said.
The theme of the show is “Exposed,” and it celebrates the uniqueness of each student’s work. Many of the works feature unique materials or unsuspected media.
“I am doing a small series of conceptually abstract pieces using cheaper, everyday materials, like some drawings using gel pens,” Brown said.
The Trinity community is encouraged to visit the show, which will include food, drinks and music on opening night.
“People should come and see the show because these students have been working very hard for four years,” Lee said. “They want to show what they have been working on and hear what other people think.”
The show will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, and will run through May 16 in the Michael and Noemi Neidorff gallery in the Dicke-Smith building.