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Mercyhurst seniors exhibit thesis works

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nine graduating art students exhibit their final projects in “The One and the All: Senior Thesis Exhibition” at Mercyhurst University’s Cummings Gallery now through April 27. Students in the Intro to Gallery Management class coordinated the exhibit.

The artists will be honored at a reception in the gallery on Saturday, April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

Emily Belfiore, an art education major who has been intrigued by the nature of clay as a medium since high school, is showing ceramic vessels that sport varying textures in the clay as well as glazes. She works with a theme of organic asymmetry.

Rodolfo Claros, a graphic design major and photography minor, presents digital inkjet prints that portray everyday moments of the common people of Honduras, taken from inside a vehicle due to the increasing crime rates in the country.

Jennifer Detchon, a studio art and religious studies major, mixes Eastern and Western religious symbols using acrylic paint as her medium. Her favorite piece, "Triple Moon and Star," mixes the Wiccan symbol of the triple moon and the Turkish crescent, revealing a sense of mystical reality and similarity of moon imagery across cultures.

Caitlin Ewing, a graphic design major and photography minor, exhibits "American Society Gives Me Anxiety," a series of nine digital photographs showing how people react differently to anxiety. She asked people to draw what gave them anxiety and then transferred those fears as overlays on the faces in the photographs.

Art education major Rose Heid works with pen and ink, Photoshop and InDesign. She chose to examine a children's nursery rhyme and reinterpret its meaning to reflect the ways our culture views celebrity and fame.

Victoria Knight, an art major and photography minor, exhibits “Equine,” a series of digital prints on canvas. “My goal is to always capture the animal’s soul,” she said.

Muna Nehme, a studio art major, displays a series of oil paintings on canvas that reference the story of Peter Pan.

Megan O’Polka, an art education major, exhibits a series of digital photographs that focus on urban decay. “Places that are not used anymore and that are run-down have a beauty that intrigues me,” she said.

Shelby Yukevich, a studio art major, also exhibits a series of digital photographs. “After discovering Mayview hospital only ten minutes from my home in Pittsburgh I became fascinated with the beauty in the decay of forgotten buildings, mainly institutions that were previously used as mental health facilities.”

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 18-21.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Heather Dana at 814-824-2092


Art by Caitlin Ewing