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April  29, 2011

Art exhibition features seniors’ culminating projects

Eight graduating studio artists will present their artwork on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Augustana Art Museum in the lobby of Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.) The free and public 50-minute program will include a "walking tour" of the exhibition, conversation with the artists and a reception.

All studio art majors complete a final senior project that is displayed in the Augustana Art Museum. This year, the students' work will be on display from May 7-16 and May 20-21.  The museum is free and open to the public from noon-4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Sherry Maurer, director of the Augustana Art Museum, says that the senior project is designed to challenge and encourage student artists. "The capstone project allows students to demonstrate the skills they've developed at Augustana, but also to reflect on the value of their work to the common good," she said. "This process also increases awareness of professional exhibition practices."

Audrey Waner, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, agrees with Maurer. "The Senior Studio Art Exhibition could not be a better culmination of my time as an artist at Augustana. I've learned what goes into a professional body of work and its exhibition, and I am more dedicated to my own work than ever."

Since students are allowed to choose their creative projects, they explore diverse mediums and themes.  The exhibition features everything from ceramic masks about emotion to paintings about depression to chalk art about the influences of Facebook. 

Anny Hasse, a senior from Barrington, Ill. with a double major in business administration and studio art, is proud of how she has grown as an artist over the past four years. "I am no longer afraid to take risks," she said. "My exhibition features unconventional materials such as broken sunglasses and multiple connected canvases in a single piece. I have challenged myself not to settle with something average."

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu