I bet you didn’t know we have an art museum on campus… I also bet you didn’t know that it is currently filled with student art work! The Museum of Art is conveniently located in the Paul Creative Arts Center, which I am sure you pass at least once a week. Last week I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of the Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition. The artwork being shown is phenomenal. Perhaps I am biased because my roommate is a member of this fine group of artists, but I’d like to think it is one of the best and most dynamic groups of artwork I have ever laid eyes on.
The show, which will be on display until May 17, reveals how hard these students work. My roommate, Mary Duke, who works with ceramics, was often gone from the morning until the late evening, or even early the next morning, because she was so dedicated to her work. It is hard as an education major to fathom how tiring it is to have to work in a studio all day—to not have the pleasure of writing a paper from your couch. I insist that you check her pieces out! These vessels she has created can easily weigh over 100 lbs; they are amazing, and impressive. On display there are also various photograph collections, ceramics, paintings, and so much more from these amazing student artists. I can truly say that no student is more dedicated to his/her work than art students. They do not do research and write a paper. They pour their souls into their work, creating a statement that defines their thoughts through artistic means.
The B.F.A. process involves applying to the program, being accepted, and starting working towards your goal ASAP, that goal being to find and define a concentration. Students then go through roughly three or four critiques with the art department faculty. After months of altering, creating and defining, these students are prepared for their Exhibition. I insist you go and check out the hard work of your fellow Wildcats before the show ends!