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.
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.