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Fusion: Senior Art Thesis Exhibition opens March 23

Monday, March 23, 2015

Eight graduating art students exhibit their final projects in Fusion: Senior Art Thesis Exhibition at Mercyhurst University’s Cummings Gallery March 23 through April 26.

Kimberlyn Bloise, a studio art major, exhibits 34 stoneware and earthenware ceramic works. Art Professor Tom Hubert mentored her through the process. Bloise explains, “I am exploring the functionality of ceramics outside of dishware. Because so much of my work is influenced by raw, primitive pieces from tribes or from long ago, my instruments’ appearances harken back to their organic roots. Using my musical background, I have created forms that are both visually and aurally pleasing.​”

James Conley, a graphic design major and photography minor, exhibits nine digital archival inkjet photographs. He was mentored by Professor Gary Cardot. “The designs and resulting images are a combination of the complexity and layered nature of the person’s personality combined with their experiences in an abstract representational way, and my understanding of each person.”

Stephanie Eddins, a studio art major also mentored by Cardot, showcases her photography. “I shot photographs of places and objects that held meaning for me, then, using mixed media, collaged those photographs to portray both the harmony and the dissonance engendered by my cultural influences.”

Hannah Lampman, a studio art major mentored by Cardot, shows a dozen photographs. She said, “I grew up in a very rural secluded area where I found my passion for photography, so I based my theme on my understanding of the uncomplicated, natural world. A rural and rustic theme, where simplicity meets beauty.”

A double major in art education and sociology, Rosemary Moore showcases photography and was mentored by Jodi Staniunas Hopper. Her 3-foot by 8-foot photograph titled "The Last Supper- College Edition” is a look at stereotypes. “I took a classic religious work of art and revamped it using typical college stereotypes. Which stereotype are you?” 

Art education major Samantha Strathearn, mentored by Hubert, displays installation ceramic works. “These pieces explore the relationships between humans and nature, and the consequences of our actions on the environment.”

Alexandra Thimons, an art education major who was mentored by Professor Daniel Burke, exhibits four drawings using white and black charcoal on rag paper. Her subject matter is animals. ”My passion for drawing has always been expressed through my love for animals, which was the subject of all of the drawings from my childhood.”

Dylan Wiesner, an art education major who worked under Burke’s guidance, displays two large acrylic paintings on cardboard. “I chose to explore the concepts of juxtaposition and contrast throughout the fabrication of these works. The color palettes, how the paint was applied, substrate used and even the titles were carefully considered in the exploration of these concepts.”

The artists will be honored at a reception in the gallery on Saturday, March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

Cummings Gallery, located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. It will be closed during Mercyhurst’s Easter break, April 3-6.

For more information, contact gallery director Heather Dana at 814-824-2092.


James Conley
Digital archival Inkjet photograph
11" x 16"