Esteemed Fine Art Students Take Charge in New Exhibit
By Emily Zoda
The Student Gallery showcased Bachelor of Fine Arts students work after acceptance into the newly conceived program on October 8.
After portfolio review in the first week of the fall semester, 15 students became the first group to be accepted into the BFA program.
“All students have showed passion and interest in their work,” said Marianne Weil, a BFA advisor and sculpture professor. After months of feedback from faculty, students teamed up to showcase their best fine art pieces, which included a wide range of mediums from graphite to photography, with some students submitting more than one form.
“They made the show,” said Chris Verene, a BFA advisor and photography professor, about the show.
“We don’t pull strings to make the show happen, it’s a group effort.”
Ryan Nieves was inspired by the video game “Silent Hill” in his eerie sketch “Demons of Male Sexual Frustration.”
It features gruesome figures such as the lower half of a man being hung by his manhood and a woman with a cone for a head and an open vagina on the back of her skirt.
Further accenting the sexually suggestive imagery was a dark figure that stood in the corner of the sketch who has a transparent chest that allows viewers to see into his black heart.
In Tabitha Turchio’s four photograph piece, she explored the sense of urban decay. In one photo from Louisiana, she framed a storefront that was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina.
The photographs created a cool blue to green to yellow vibe that captured the sense of dying originality and how St. George will start to become the next trendy Williamsburg in the years to come. “In one way it makes me happy because it brings economic change,” said Turchio. “But it’s going to lost that individualism.”
Turchio also photographed the cozy store front, The Everything Goes Book Cafe, to establish the relationship with art and small business on the Island. She is inspired by the authenticity that dwells in the crevices in the North Shore neighborhood.
Jessica Schoberl experimented with texture using charcoal on parchment in her piece “The Nut Cracker.”
The smooth flow of the figurine’s lever is eye-catching as well as the realistic wooden features of the piece.
However Schoberl shows her preference for painting in her oil on canvas piece “Warrior’s Helmet: Never Worn.” She feels the ambitious sensibility and garters more emotion in painting, as opposed to the careful process of drawing.
“Creating art is more about rational process,” said Schoberl. “You need an idea about what to do.”
On the contrary, Hao Luo’s still life oil painting of fruit, explains that digital art is his strong suit. Students were only allowed to show fine art pieces, not computer generated ones like the ones he makes in Photoshop.
Luo also had two print pieces called “Day and Night” of birds on branches where he added more detail in the day print than in the night print, which was a clever touch and is not as noticeable to the eye at first glance.
These array of works were accompanied by art department faculty and students socializing over refreshments. The cramped gallery makes for an intimate space for students and faculty to admire the students’ hard work.
“What we’re hoping for is each year we’ll be able to have an incoming group of students to group up together,” said Weil.