Graduating art students exhibit now open

(04-25-2012)

Article by Rebekah Lucero

There is speculation and many conversations that revolve around art and the phrase "art for art's sake." Art itself brings many different styles and genres to conversations with the potential to cause conflict. Art began as a direct sense of depicting the perfect human form and perspective.

Time has brought forth tenebrism, impressionism, expressionism, cubism, surrealism, non-objective, new age, commercialism, and more recently, computer graphics. Debate over non-objective verses surrealism and whether or not they even constitute fine art is one of these main topics of discussion. There are arguments over the meaning of art, what constitutes art, and the difference between art and fine art.

That being said, it is very important that we recognize artists for what they do and the dedication they have for their work.

This spring Adams State College brings its graduating artists forward for their senior exhibits. The Art Department divides the students based on their degree plans- the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or the Bachelor of Arts (BA). These students have worked diligently refining their skill to the best of their ability. The exhibits continue through May 11, with a closing reception from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, May 11. Refreshments will be provided.

The BA Exhibition "Tumultuous Ecstasy," in the Hatfield Gallery, shows much proof of today's art and the promise of future artists is evident in the artwork. The artists include Kristen J Brown, painting; Amanda Fitton, ceramics and fibers; Kimberly Garcia, design and art history; Stevan Lara, design and drawing; Daleth McCoy, painting and graphic design; Caleb McKenzie, graphic design; Rebekah Lucero, painting, drawing, art history; and Toni Ortivez, design and photography.

The BFA Exhibition in the Cloyde Snook Gallery, artists include Henry L Blount, painting; James R Crane III, ceramics; Omar D Gonzalez, painting; Tasha Martinez, drawing, painting, printmaking; Kendell J McNeilsmith, painting; Dustin J Smalley, metalsmithing, and Barbi Taylor-Bundesmann, painting.

McKenzie believes "design can be personal and can be reflected in artwork; my artwork is personal and thus is reflective to my own designs." Crane progression through ceramics resulted in "vases with faces, a series of ceramic vessels that seek visual containment of emotions." Ortivez's macro-photography "brings out the finer details in everyday life." Lara's digital photography is combined with graphic illustrations "to showcase adapting life and the fantasy of possible evolution."

Fitton art "explores and questions social goals of our society and the emotions that are evoked from those goals." Nearly half the seniors have a painting emphasis. Bundesmann paints abstracted figures in non-scenic places with oils on masonite. Brown's paintings, acrylic on canvas and masonite, "focus on the analytical nature of the figure in space with emphases on line and rhythm." McCoy, an oil painter, looks to "capture and expose the essence of people and places caught in positive moments."

Martinez, an oil painter, enjoys "painting cars in a stylized way to represent the style and character of the owners." Garcia represents herself through the means of painting and graphic design. She quotes Amy Lowell, "Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in."

Overall, the diversity of this year's students is exemplified by the art shown and the artists themselves. All share a passion seen through the individual styles presented in the art. The artists are proud and are eager to show the world what they have to offer.