|Seniors to exhibit their artwork
RELEASED: May 6, 2004
DANVILLE, KYCentre College senior art majors will present an art exhibit titled "5" from May 11-23 at the college's AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center.
A public reception for the artists will be held May 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will also be open on May 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The five exhibiting artists are Lisa Brown, Augustine Chapin, Dawn Driskell, Nick Holmes and Kelly Mason. The exhibit will feature paintings, ceramics and art glass.
Driskell studies ceramics with Judith Pointer Jia, assistant professor of art at Centre. She says, "I think that the best thing about the art program at Centre is the atmosphere. The professors are not only great artists, but are knowledgeable and approachable people. With the small classes at Centre, you also have a great class dynamic. You know the people you see in the studio and what kind of work they do. It's great to be able to share ideas and techniques with your peers. In the Centre art program, you don't feel like you're just one of the crowd. Everyone knows your face, your name, your work; and that's encouraging."
Each of the artists approaches their work in a unique way. "I'm interested in art as a therapeutic process," Mason says.
Brown, who studies in the glass studio with Professor of Art Stephen Rolfe Powell, says, "I approach my work with a sense of experimentation and easejust playing around until I find an idea I'd like to develop. After that, it's just working toward that idea over and over. I've found glassblowing to be a very physically demanding art, and before I started I wasn't used to 'doing art' in a set block of time, making pieces practically from start to finish within that time."
The show is the culmination of the students' study of studio art at Centre. Holmes says, "I'm grateful for the close relationships that I've developed with the art professors at Centre. I counted it up the other day, and I've taken seven semesters of art instruction with Sheldon Tapley, Cantrell Professor of Art. Someone might view this as limiting, but because Professor Tapley is fluent in the language of the abstract and the classical it's been an intimate path of constant rediscovery."
For more information on the exhibit, call (859) 238-5469.
To learn about Centre's art program, visit http://www.centre.edu/web/academic/majors/art.html.
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