Art departments showcase talent of thesis students and seniors

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By Erica Hengelfelt, Online Editor

Graduation is a month away, and the final exhibitions of the spring 2012 semester hosted opening receptions Sunday, Apr. 1, in two UNO art galleries. Students were excited and eager to display their work for family, friends and alumni in a gallery setting.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) exhibit, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building Gallery, features the work of 10 students graduating this semester.

“Design-O-Mite,” the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (BASA) exhibit, showcases 15 individual senior projects in the Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery.

BFA students working in glass, photography, ceramics, painting, sculpture and installation explore both the personal and universal in their thesis work. Concepts ranging from the natural world to the world of decay, are explored visually, according to a campus press release.

BFA photography student Laura C. Burke used elements of sewing and the pages of a book to create her thesis project, titled “Thought Process.”

“The source material I’m working with comes from an art history book, because at this point in my life, art is the most important knowledge for me to absorb and it is a constant initiator of confusion,” Burke said.

“Thought Process” is composed of four black and white photographs of the pieces Burke created from the pages of the art history book and thread. Each photograph is numbered and framed in white.

The BASA exhibition in the Osborne Family Gallery includes pieces of graphic design, painting, ceramic and digital media. Surrounded by glass walls in the casual setting of the Criss Library, this gallery beckons students and faculty from across campus.

BASA design student Jessica Lee Churchich created a series of digital print advertisements for each of the Hawaiian Islands, titled “The Legends of Hawaii.”

“I wanted to use my own photography,” Churchich said of her brightly-colored ads.

Churchich, who has visited all six islands, was inspired by her annual trips to Hawaii. The photos are organized and laid out in magazine format, advertising the uniqueness of each island to prospective travelers. The prints include Churchich’s photos of Hawaiian beaches, volcanoes, flora and fauna.

Faculty members in the art department are pleased to finish the semester by celebrating the student artwork exhibited in both galleries.

“Our thesis shows represent the culmination of several years work within a student’s concentration or emphasis area,” said Professor Avery Mazor. “I’m very proud to see such professional work from our thesis process here in the Art and Art History Department.”

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Patrons may also schedule appointments to view showcased artwork. To schedule an appointment, call the gallery at (402) 554-2796 during regular operating hours.

The Osborne Family Gallery is located on the main floor of the Criss Library and is open from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday though Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to midnight Sundays.

Both exhibits will remain open for public viewing until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, the final day of the spring semester.

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