Intimacy and evolution: BFA art exhibition

Words can only do so much. When it comes to ideas like intimacy, confronting one’s personal past and dealing with inevitable change, visual art has a specific power to it that words may not and vice versa.

Six artists featured in the two upcoming Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions will confront these topics and more on April 21 and April 28, respectively.

“Over this past year, (the BFA program) changed my perspective on art,” said Chelsea Klusewitz, a senior fine arts major. “It changed my outlook on art and how I want it to be a part of my life.”

Klusewitz’s exhibit is called “Intimacy: Exploring Human Desires,” and it meditates on the importance of intimacy in life.

“It’s a psychological need for all people,” Klusewitz said. “I don’t think a lot of people realize how important it is, but it’s been proven to affect neurological development.”

Klusewitz, along with Bill Jamison and Jenna! Fleur Roosdett, were awarded the Undergraduate Research Grant to fund and finish their exhibits. Klusewitz was also awarded the Brian and Amy Meissner Creativity Award in Visual Arts, which provided her an additional $1,000 prize.

“You can make a pretty piece, but what’s the concept behind it?” asked Herminia Din, associate professor of art education and chair of the BFA program. “The concept is very critical for us.”
Over two years, Din and other art faculty check in with BFA students once a semester, helping them focus their art around a certain concept and goal.

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“Using their discipline to express their concepts and ideas, that’s the best part — and watching their transformation,” Din said.

All this work culminates in two annual exhibitions featuring all artists in the program.

Featured in the first exhibit alongside Klusewitz, ceramist Bill Jamison crafted a series of functional sculptures designed to “balance modern design with traditional handmade craft,” according to his artist statement called “A Happy Medium: Mass-Produced Handmade Functional Sculptures.”

Printmaker Owen Lee created “Looking Back: A Personal History,” a personal work exploring past generations in Lee’s family.

In the second exhibit, Tyler Goodwin created “Smoke Forms: A State of Constant Flux,” with works focusing on drawings of smoke patterns to represent inevitable change in people’s lives.

“The initial concept I had was that our lives are constantly changing,” said Goodwin, a senior fine arts major, “and smoke as a medium is constantly changing.”

Painter Aubrey Morgan created “Mind Monsters: Creating Monsters of the Psyche” in an attempt to understand her childhood fears and use them as a source of creativity.

Roosdett, a graphic design student, designed “Neohuman Evolution: Exploring Infectious Technologies.” Her exhibit attempts to integrate the digital and human worlds, utilizing hand drawing through a digital medium.

The BFA Exhibition I opening exhibition is from 5:30-8 p.m. April 21 and the show runs through April 25. The BFA Exhibition II opening is from 5:30-8 p.m. April 28. This exhibition runs until May 2. These events are free and open to the public.