Fulton Hall Gallery switches gears

By THERESA TUMMINELLO

Staff Writer

Fulton Hall Gallery has been completely remodeled since the fine arts show of the 56th bi-annual Senior Art Exhibition “Transcendence” with new senior artists—all graphic design majors—displaying their graphic design work.

The second edition of “Transcendence” is open now until May 20. On Fri. May 12 there will be a reception for the students participating in the graphic design portion of the show, where artists can interact with others in the industry and represent their work.

Where the fine arts show focused more on drawing, painting and sculpture, the graphic design show displays work with media concentrations.

Art in this show includes digital typographic images, spray paint, digital print, collaged images, illustration, photoshop, colored pencil, screen print, copper ink print, inkjet print, photography and much more.

Within the show, the artists chose an overall theme for their work, using this theme in each piece of art they display. Some themes in the graphic design show include music, nature, men’s fashion, self-love, broadway musicals and African American culture.

Alex Stallings used real life objects in four of her pieces. She used beeswax, charcoal, grass/leaves and sea glass to bring awareness to frightening statistics about nature. Along with these, she has three screenprint works on display as well.

“I hope that, when people see my work, that they will be able to connect more and pay more attention to the larger environmental issues that we face through my use of natural objects,” Stallings said. “We are constantly flooded with information through mainly text and pictures on the internet, so I thought that, by putting real objects in front of people, they would actually stop and digest the information.”

Frederick Raab took a different approach to his theme, using bottle caps to craft three fish and digital print to create three other pieces depicting a person fishing off of a boat. Raab likes to incorporate humor, cartoon graphics, influences from television, music and even ideas from his friends, and appreciates the freedom that graphic design allows him and believes that anything has potential.

A particularly unique display from Kevin Nichols encompasses an overall theme of mental illnesses. Within this theme, he focuses on depression and autism.

Nichols uses previous negative thoughts of his own to create a piece that brings awareness to depression. He invited friends and classmates who knew him to take a piece of tape and replace his negative words with words that would make his thoughts positive.

“It’s not just about autism and depression awareness; it’s about making myself extremely vulnerable by letting my thoughts and beliefs be seen, with no ‘mask’ or filters,” Nicholas said. “I themed my show on my secrets and imperfections in hopes of gaining worthiness in myself, as well as joy, gratitude and knowledge about who I am. The more I did this, the more I yearned for other people to believe they are worthy.”

“Transcendence” is free to the public, and the graphic design show is open until May 22. Stop by Fulton Hall to see the many unique pieces on display. Gallery hours can be found online.

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Senior art displays in Fulton Hall gallery

By THERESA TUMMINELLO 

Staff Writer

The 56th bi-annual Senior Art Exhibition, “Transcendence,” opened on Tuesday, April 4. Salisbury University’s graduating art students have their work on display in the Fulton Hall art gallery.

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Fulton Hall art gallery, photo by Theresa Tumminello

Senior students worked together to plan and orchestrate two different shows. The Fine Arts show is open now until Saturday, April 22 and the Graphic Design show runs from May 1 to May 20. Each show has an awards reception where artists present their portfolios and interact with others in the industry.

Using their specific track, each student chose an overall theme for their work. Elizabeth Kauffman, professor of the Senior Exhibition course, notes that this show is looked forward to every year and is always changing with the different skills and techniques of each graduating class.

At this time, pieces in the gallery range between photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, mixed media and more. Students display their best work encompassing themes close to their heart, including photographs of nature, sculptures of animals, self-portraits, mystical creatures and character drawings.

Rachel Price, majoring in fine arts with a concentration in glass, created a series of three photographs that used steel, iron and glass on female bodies to depict body dysmorphia. Throughout her work, she wants to bring awareness to mental illnesses and show support to those who may be struggling with body image.

“I feel as though body dysmorphia is not as well-known and often overlooked, and it is not always tied with eating disorders—it can lead to them,” Price said. “I wanted my photographs to show the impossible beauty standards set by the media and how this leaves an unrealistic impression on girls at a very young age.”

With the help of Rise Up Coffee on campus, Katherine Mellos, majoring in fine arts with a concentration in photography, used her love of coffee to create a series of photographs showing the process of producing coffee from start to finish. She shows the steps in coffee making by capturing moments of movement from the grinding of coffee beans to the pouring, serving and drinking of the beverage itself.

Another student, Chris Foreman, majoring in fine arts with a concentration in glass, created characters frozen in time influenced by pop art. Fusing together glass and steel, his work includes four figures on display in the gallery.

These are just a few of the many pieces featured in the “Transcendence” show. Students can stop by before April 22 to see these creative pieces for themselves, and visit May 1 through May 22 to see the Graphic Design show. The exhibit is housed in Fulton Hall 109 and is free to the public. The schedule can be found on the University’s website.

Downtown’s astonishing new art

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Photo By: Sawyer Cornelius

 

By Sawyer Cornelius

 

Staff Writer

The Salisbury University Art Galleries (SUAG) opened a new exhibit in downtown Salisbury on Feb. 9 regarding the intriguing topics of nature and nurture.

 Through the representation of realistic and abstract mediums, nationally-renowned professional artists explore ways in which the natural world has been shaped and transformed by humans, and how biology in turn impacts and influences the actions of mankind as a whole.

 On March 9 at 5:30 p.m., featured exhibit artists will host an “Artist Talk” at the SU Art Galleries’ Downtown Campus to answer any questions and guide patrons through their chosen creative processes. A reception will follow.

 The “Downtown Campus,” as referred to by the SU Art Gallery, consists of the fairly recent opening of the Gallery Building located on West Main Street, a property of the University, which is conveniently positioned within the thriving business district of downtown.

 “Surprisingly, we have had decent turnout for this exhibit, which is odd due to numbers being averagely lower during the winter months,” said Christa Cox, one of the Gallery’s staffed receptionists.

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Photo By: Sawyer Cornelius

 

 Cox cites the increased interest in the exhibit as being due to the renaissance which is Salisbury’s downtown community.

 “Third Fridays are very popular for the Gallery, and it is always great to see locals come out and support small home-run businesses and other industries,” Cox said.

 The works of art compiled for the exhibit speak what words fail to express.

 “The artworks in this exhibition remind us of the complexities of our material world, and encourage a more careful approach,” reads the assortment’s curatorial statement.

 Included artists are Laura Ball, Judi Bommarito, Stephanie Garon, Darina Karpov, Anne Mondro and Onajide Shakaba.

 The works featured throughout the showroom range from mediums including three-dimensional sculpture, photography and general illustrations such as watercolor and pencil.

 Crafts of Anne Mondro (pictured) include wire-framed sculptures that represent the complexities of relationship between victims with memory loss and their caregivers.

 The wires allude to armor, which serves as a metaphor for the armor needed to endure challenging times of life caused by poor heath and biological limitation.

 On the other hand, artist Judi Bommarito makes brilliant use of symbolic portrayal through the lens of a camera.

 Also featured is her piece of handwritten notes contained in a suspended tear-drop glass which reveal a more powerful and personal aspect of the traumas of mental illnesses and its entrapping characteristics.

 Additional representations convey messages involving humans’ recreating of the natural world and such resulting effects.

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Photo By: Sawyer Cornelius

 

 The exhibit is open to the public in accordance to the Gallery’s regular hours of 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Other visits may be made by appointment only.

 The artworks will be displayed until downtown’s Third Friday, March 17, on which a final reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

 For questions or previews of the exhibition, please consult the Galleries’ website at http://www.suartgalleries.org, or by calling (410)-548-2547.