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Celebration of Learning 2017: Senior Art Show Gallery Talks group 3

GROUP 3: 1-2 p.m.

Paris Edwards
Project advisor: Kelvin Mason, graphic design
For the Love of Black

I want to change the perception of how the color black is portrayed. The color itself has been seen as something unhappy and negative.
I want to reverse that thought process while also challenging others to reverse their thought process when they receive “bad news.” The color black does not have to represent evil, bad luck or death. Just like cancer patients’ diagnoses does not mean they will die, instead it should be used as a battle cry. Throughout the United States colors and diagnoses are given labels to try and encourage the way people think. This design is not about race. This is about appreciating a color that has been treated as something that is unhealthy. This logo represents the beauty of the color black wrapped with white rose vines as a defense mechanism. The combination of the color white and black is needed, because a color that stands alone can be seen as bland, but with other colors deepness can be shown. The logo is iron printed on the front of the shirts and hats to show appreciation of this dark color, along with a different slogan on the back of each shirt to help spread the awareness and motivation that this brand represents. I will have a few shirts hung on the wall right next to the screen where my logo will be shown to the audience. Some volunteers will join me in wearing my design as I present my concept to the audience.

Emily Johnson
Project advisor: Kelvin Mason, graphic design
Is There No Balm In Gilead?

When in conversation with a stranger, topics can range from the Olympics to “Did you hear Prince died?” We as a nation are vaguely familiar with what is going on in the world because of social media, the news, and word of mouth. The small talk, the religious views, and the entertainment is what holds us together. We all may be vastly different but we cannot deny a sense of unity when we come together to discuss what is going on in OUR world. A world that we SHARE. I would be so bold to say that if our “society” were a puzzle there would be a missing piece. For the most part, this nation is blessed to have access to water and food sources. However, spiritually we are dying of hunger and thirst. In Jeremiah 8:22, the prophet asks the people of a city who is known for its healing balm, “Is there no balm in Gilead?” What he is saying is “how can a city who is known for healing be knocking on death’s door?” So I am asking, how can we as a “developed country” be so spiritually hungry and desperate for God and not even know that we are? Why is there so much hatred, division, racism and judgment, you ask? Because people do not truly have a revelation of the Love of God who robed himself in flesh and died for each and every person, the love of God does not discriminate.

Glen Williamson
Project advisor: Kelvin Mason, graphic design
A Moment in Time, A Personal Reflection in Drawing

I enjoy challenges and the opportunity to try different types of artwork. Some of my past media have been ceramics, painting and sculpting. My art is an extension of who I am and sometimes is based on experiences and moments within my own life. It is also an escape, a chance to get away from the business of life and create something that could be looked back on and remembered as a point in time. The pieces presented here, “A Moment in Time,” are drawings in white charcoal on black Strathmore paper. They are of my daughter Allee, my son Brandon and his wife Emilie. These drawings represent my family, which is one of the most important things in my life. The drawings are a celebration of life and love. It is my heart expressed on paper. One of the beauties of art is that I have unlimited boundaries of learning and perfecting whatever I choose to do. There will always be room to learn something new, and continually become better at my art.

Chloe Gale
Project advisor: Kelvin Mason, art
Reflecting on Relationships and Creating Identities with Color and Brushstroke

While everyone who goes to college goes to get a degree, I have found in these last four years that the people I have met have taught me more about life than any education ever could. The choices that are made in these pivotal four years can determine one’s future and the type of person you become. These women of the Delta Chi Theta sorority, some of the strongest and most driven individuals, are just a small selection of a group that shaped who I am today. This series is a reflection of the relationships I have built during my time at Augustana College. In these relationships, I believe that the closer
I am to a person, the less their visual becomes important. If I have come to know someone really well, only a small part of their portrait may be completed, because it is no longer how I identify them. 
Each portrait is combined with an abstract representation of my memories with them and the energy that this person gives me. Each detail, from color to brushstroke, creates an identity.