Students showcase artwork in exhibit

Two student art exhibits opened on Nov. 20 in the Neidorff Art Gallery following the opening reception that evening.

One exhibit, titled “Woven from Fragments,” features the work of seniors Megan Brown, Stephen Sedia, Jacqueline Golden and Sara Longridge, presenting collage and multimedia work from the students.

“”˜Woven from Fragments’ centers on process-driven artwork and features multiple collage and collaborative pieces; the show itself is something of a collage. It includes pieces from multiple artists and media all woven together,” Longridge said.

The artwork of this exhibit addresses relationships over time, whether they are among humans or between humans and nature.

On her artwork titled “Pelmanism,” Longridge says that “the 18 individual collage pieces that make up “˜Pelmanism’ represent a faulty system of interaction between man-made structures and natural ones, and, for me, they serve as a reminder that there are gaps in our understanding of the world we live in and how we must continue to fill them.”

The other exhibit featured in the gallery is “Overlooked, Hidden, Unseen,” which includes the artwork of seniors Hillary Dohoney, Carina Hiscock and Alejandra Trigoso. These pieces are about investigating artwork on a small scale.

“”˜Overlooked, Hidden, Unseen’ is about appreciating unappreciated objects and creatures found in the human and natural world. It’s meant to be an engaging viewing experience that requires the audience to pay close attention to the works rather than doing a routine glance-and-pass,” Trigoso said.

Senior Hillary Dohoney further explains the meaning behind the artwork.

“The works are often small, tucked away or subtle. Rendering the art in this unconventional way compels the viewer to take the time to notice and appreciate the very things that are so often ignored,” Dohoney said.

Jessica Halonen, associate professor of art and art history, commented on the collaboration between students in creating two art exhibits for one space in the gallery.

“Although the process of making art can be a solitary one, collaboration and being a team player is an important part of the contemporary art world,” Halonen said. “By including multiple students in a group exhibition and/or dividing the space into two exhibitions, students learn to work together to produce a professional quality exhibition.”

Both exhibits will remain in the art gallery until 5 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 6.