Galleries hold ‘visual experience’ to exhibit graduate student art

Students can become inspired by the artwork of University graduate students in the Fine Arts Program if they attend the opening reception of the Master’s in Fine Arts Exhibition tonight.

Ariana Bauman, public relations intern for the Fine Art Galleries, said the exhibition will be free and open to the public from 7 to 9 tonight in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery and the Willard Wankelman Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building.

“The event is a great way for the artists to truly show off their hard work over the past years”, Bauman said.

Tonight’s exhibition is the first of two and will display the artwork of five graduate students over the past two years: Andreas Baumgartner and Kuang Chen Hsu in digital art, Molly Allen in printmaking, Austin Cartwright in painting and Julia Rogers in glass.

Gallery Director Jacqueline Nathan said the University has a great master’s program of art and she can see the progress the artists have made.

“All of the featured artists have come a long way,” Nathan said.

In the courtyard outside of the Fine Arts Building, Julia Rogers will be premiering her series, “Collective Conductivity.” The figures Rogers created will be lit up using solar power during the exhibition.

“It will be a very exciting visual experience,” Nathan said.

Rogers created cast metal figures with glass heads and glass openings in the part of the body where they feel emotion. Rogers said it is about the energy artists feel from others.

“It’s going to be a great show, we worked together to get everything right,” Rogers said.

For those that cannot make it to the open reception of the Exhibition, the students’ artwork will remain in the Galleries until April 20. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The second open reception for the Master’s in Fine Arts Exhibition will be April 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.