free online slots

Senior Art Thesis ‘I am a woman’ opens

“Working Woman,” an oil on canvas by Pricilla Sandoz — Photo by T.J Thomsom

“Working Woman,” an oil on canvas by Pricilla Sandoz — Photo by T.J Thomsom

A femme finale is on display at the Memorial Hall main gallery. It hosts the selected works of the art department’s five graduating seniors – Amy Christie, Ember Welsch, Tessa Sanford, Natalie McCune, and Pricilla Sandoz.

The exhibit is open now through December 9th, and is open for public appreciation from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. until Friday A special artists’ reception will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. Friday.

The relationship between gender and art is well represented by Sandoz’s piece, “Working Woman”. The painting encourages thought about women’s roles and expectations, but the work’s value is prevalent in the obvious skill and effort it took to execute. The colorful oil medium lends itself well to Sandoz, and her canvas is spread with a mesmerizing array of colored slices. Sandoz’s only other painting on display, an oil entitled “Moab”, depicts a sun-enveloped woman, her form and warmth simple but attractive, like the desert sprawling behind her. These pieces reflect Sandoz as an artist who knows what she likes, being self-professed denizen of oil on canvas. She uses that specific medium to inspire thought from her audience, which is an invaluable tool for an artist.

It is obvious, exploring the five creators’ offerings, that Chadron’s various art classes stretched them beyond their comfort mediums. Stanford wrote in her artist’s statement that she was “encouraged to explore various mediums” during her academic career. These include photography, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Sanford’s collection, like her peers’, is eclectically composed and represents her ability well. One reoccurring theme is frogs, but even this homely subject matter glitters under Sanford’s quirky light. Her culmination pieces borrow inspiration from daily activities, yet they are anything but ordinary.

Welsch’s pieces posses simplicity and glorify the beauty in basic lines. Her work can capture elegance in many mediums, whether rustic stoneware or black and white intaglio. Her body of work is diverse, yet straightforward. It resembles her artist’s statement affixed to the gallery wall. By far the shortest statement, it is easily understood but emphatic, much like her own works.

The other artists find creative inspiration from many venues. McCune likes lilies, with two of her pieces featuring the white flower, a stained glass and an oil. This floral favoritism is usually attached to women, with flowers traditionally connoting femininity, but McCune explains her attachment is deeper than aesthetic appreciation.

“It’s almost as though they go through different lifetimes. When they seem to perish they are reborn even more magnificent and resilient than before.” McCune draws comparisons from nature’s growth and rebirth to her artwork and creative journey. The next step in said journey, McCune says, is Colorado, where she plans to pursue graphic design.

Christie is completing her Art Education and Special Education major, intent on reaching children with the power of art. Her photographs capture the rustic beauty around her, and her keen eye will be an asset to her students. Like many future educators, Christie aims to aid her students to “better express who they are without words.” Christie’s own works speak volumes about herself, and they have only good things to say.

The show underscores that Chadron State is proud to send five talented artists into the world, which should benefit from their creativity.

Comments

Comments are closed.

Recent Lifestyles Articles

Senior art students display projects at Art Show

Dec. 3, 2014

Many years of dedication and hard work resulted in the 2014 Senior Art Show, located in the Main Gallery of Memorial Hall. The show is open to the public Nov., 17 through Dec., 5.


5k draws runners of all ages

Dec. 3, 2014

Chadron Community Recreation, HPER Associate Professor Donna Ritzen hosted the Frozen Turkey Trot Nov. 22. With an entry fee of $20 and a free t-shirt 10 people signed up to run the 5k around the campus and onto the trails.


Audio tour accessible to students, public

Dec. 3, 2014

The Chadron State College Audio Tour was created in spring of 2013, around the same time as the inauguration of President Randy Rhine.
So far, the tour has not been widely promoted because the tour has been gradually expanding as the campus expands.


Students make home sweet homes

Dec. 3, 2014

The Pit organized a mini Gingerbread House Building entertainment project Nov. 21 in the Student Center.
Students learned how to make gingerbread houses. They used bread pieces, crackers to put them together with royal icing. Afterward they sprinkled the houses with sugar confectioner’s powder, multicolored candies, pretzels, marshmallows and candy canes. More than 20 students attended this event.


Jazz Band entertains small crowd

Nov. 20, 2014

The soulful music of the CSC Jazz Band flowed through the Student Center at 7:30 p.m., Friday. Dr. Michael Stephens, director, and music associate professor, told the audience how happy he was to see how many people came to the event. Three semesters prior to that he mentioned there was only a presence of five people, and that night the Jazz Band played for 60 people.