Art History II; AU Senior Showcase

Artist(s): The seniors of Alfred University’s Fine Arts Department

Exhibit: Senior Showcase

On May 7th, Alfred University held an exhibit that showcased the artwork of the seniors in the Fine Arts department. This exhibit took up a majority of the building, with mediums ranging from paint to photography to sculpturing to pottery. It was exciting to explore this exhibit because of the evident creativity amongst the students at AU.

One artist that particularly caught my attention was Margaret Schrecongost. This student’s paintings were fascinating, from the scenes she depicted to the vibrant colors she incorporated. One painting in particular, caught my eye. In this painting, two women are tending to the animals in their field as there are men in the background basically destroying what the nature that these characters seem to be accustomed to. The best thing about this piece would have to be the colors because it gives this piece more depth and it just makes it overall aesthetically pleasing to look at.

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Another artist that took an interesting approach in the choosing of mediums that caught my eye is Samantha Zaremski. This artist’s part of the exhibit showcased her work that revolved around the use of acrylic paint on oval shaped wood. She turned an ordinary medium such as an oval shaped piece of wood into something so extraordinary. The colors give an oceanic feel, almost as if it was found at sea. It exudes a calm feeling with the use of cool colors, which is highly attractive to anyone who has the pleasure of viewing it in person.

This exhibit was interesting because it induced some inspiration. Everybody needs a push in order to achieve greatness and this is a fine example of how this ties back into Digital Media and Animation. For anybody who’s in the major and attended this exhibit probably at some point doubted their own ability because they believe they can’t produce this level of work. However, once they get past the doubt they realize that the work produced by the seniors at AU came from hard work. Talent isn’t gifted at birth, in order to succeed in an art, one has to do it repeatedly and practice in order to get better.

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About schinnery1996

My name is Shanelle Chinnery and I study Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College. It’s my third year and the last time this bio was updated was on my very first day of college. I had ended off my previous bio with my desire to grow throughout my years here in Alfred State and with my senior year on the horizon, I’m glad to say I’ve definitely grown since that day. With the variety of classes and mediums I’ve experienced during these three years, I’ve learned what grasps my attention and what strays it away. I came into college with an unclear direction of what I wanted to do in my field and to be quite honest, I’m still not sure what direction I’m going in, but I have a better idea. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of animation, but then again I also enjoy animating in 3D and would love to explore the possibility of voice acting. While I’m uncertain about the exact route of my future, I still take great pride in the how much I’ve changed, art wise. I’ve gained knowledge and experience in endless number of programs I never thought I’d be able to work around, I’ve grown accustomed to digital art rather than traditional pencil to paper art, and most importantly, I’m just a better artist in general. I could say that is my favorite achievement and I can’t wait to see what my future holds in this field.
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