Bachelor of Fine Arts Students to Present Showcase at Lake Erie College

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Lake Erie College will host its annual spring Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) student showcase from Thursday, April 11, 2019 through Saturday, May 11, 2019 in B.K. Smith Gallery in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts. The opening reception for the exhibition will take place April 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Also opening on Thursday, April 11 will be the Spring Student Exhibition. Students from all disciplines across campus, working in all media have submitted their artwork to be included in this exhibition. The Student Exhibition will be showing in the James F. Lincoln Library.

This year’s show will feature six artists, Katelynn Archer ‘19, Alanah Cooper ‘19, Gillian DiPofi ‘19, Lauren Pagán ‘19, Sarah Rich ’19 and Susan Ulle ’19. They will present their exhibitions at the reception, which is free and open to the public, and food will be provided. The exhibition can be viewed at any time after April 11.

Katelynn Archer will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a visual art concentration as well as an English degree and a minor in History. For her senior project, she is presenting From the Kitchen: A Silly Woman with an Artsy Hobby.

“Why not use the arts to explore feminine creativity on a broader spectrum than the usual culinary methods passed down through generations of women?” she asked.

Alanah Cooper will be graduating in May with a double major in Bachelors of Fine Arts with a visual art concentration and Bachelors of Psychology. Her senior project, Color and Emotion, explores how color is connected to emotions. She used photography to capture a model’s emotions before expressing them through painting.

“Emotions are shown in our everyday lives, from feeling sad because your meeting with your boss didn’t go as planned to feeling happy because you went to a concert held by your favorite artist,” she said. “I have always been interested in how color can make an individual feel.”

Gillian DiPofi will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a visual art concentration. Her senior project conveys a folklore theme through acrylic paint, watercolors, ink, photography and live performance. Lore: The Human Fascination with the Unknown spotlights some well-known cryptids, such as Mothman, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and more.

“Everyone has experienced the feeling of being ‘watched in the woods,’ or has avoided the ‘haunted house’ on the block,” Gillian explains. “Once you begin to look into folklore, it is hard to stop.  My subject matter covers a span of topics including cryptids, the supernatural, and superstitions.”

Lauren Pagán is set to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in visual art and a minor in Integrated Media Design and Art Technology. With her senior project, The Generation of Technology, she chose to address the modern issues of technology addiction through drawings, paintings and graphic design.

“People today are becoming so reliant on technology especially the millennials. But technology has also revolutionized everyone’s lives, making it easier and faster,” said Lauren. “My art symbolizes just that, the idea of how technology has become a part of our everyday life, the good and the bad.”

Sarah Rich will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in visual art. Her project, Transparent, combines two-dimensional and three-dimensional art to create a sense of community through one thing we all share: water.

“We can all relate to water in one way or another. It is a part of everyday life! Even if you don't realize it, water is always there. This liquid can either divide us or bind us together.”

Susan Ulle is set to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a visual art concentration as well as an English degree. For her senior project about the surrealism of dreams, she used a combination of two-dimensional paintings and three-dimensional props to set a tone of Phantasmagoria.

“My intention for the BFA is to showcase my work with a theme to which everyone can relate,” she said. “We all dream, it is fundamental to our nature to be curious about these mind projections.”

Visitors are encouraged to attend the opening reception on April 11 to hear the artists talk more about their work. For more information about the BFA student exhibitions at Lake Erie College, contact Professor of Visual Arts, Nancy Prudic at 440.375.7452 or prudic@lec.edu.

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