Lake Erie College studentsí artwork featured at BFA Exhibition
Lake Erie College’s spring 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graduates will display their works from Thursday, April 8 through Monday, May 10 from 5-7 p.m. in the B.K. Smith Gallery in the Fine Arts Building.
Every year, students install their work and handle all curatorial and preparatory tasks, including lighting and arrangement of artwork. Candidates also produce publicity materials such as press releases, invitations and artist statements. In addition, the students plan their own opening reception that provides the invaluable opportunity for them to speak publicly about their work.
This year’s exhibit features works by seniors Marissa Bearer and Sarah Uveges. Their art work to be displayed contains several different medium types such as photography, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting. This year’s artists stand out with unusual mediums and a wide variety of pieces. Some works have been a community effort including a clubhouse that has been painted by students and staff passing by the object throughout the year with the following question in mind, “What is Art?”
When asked what her favorite part of the design process was, Bearer answered, “I like exploring all different materials and creating something cohesive and unique, like using objects you may have never seen used for art and creating something new.”
This concept has been directed toward a large sculpture that consists of chicken wire and rubber bands, as well as several others.
Uveges enjoys using non-traditional materials, also, and has been collecting recycled glass since her freshman year at Lake Erie College to use on her projects.
Leading up to the event has not always been easy for the students, but every second is a learning experience for them. The reward of having their own show at the end is truly an honor.
Some of the pieces have evolved a great deal over time, especially the clubhouse.
“It has become one on its own; people have added to the conversation,” Uveges added.
Nancy Prudic, associate professor of visual arts, is extremely proud of her students. Watching a student progress throughout the years is like a story unfolding.
“When they come as freshmen, they are excited, but nervous. The best part of watching BFA students’ progress is nurturing them. Each course is a brick in the foundation. When the students get to the BFA exhibit, they are like a bird being let loose. It is an exhilarating process,” said Prudic.
Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate majors and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.