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Upcoming - Bachelor of Arts (BFA) Exhibitions

December 11-15, 2017

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhbition3
Closing Reception: Friday, December 15th, 5:30-7:30p
Kansas State University Department of Art will present the last of three BFA Thesis Exhibitions of the fall semester featuring Norbert Jameison Irsik, Allison Olsen, and Madison Wedekind. The artists will showcase an exhibition of their undergraduate artwork from December 11 through 15, 2017 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, first floor of Willard Hall. Gallery hours are 10am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Please feel free to attend the reception with the artists on Friday evening, December 15, from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the gallery. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Norbert Jameison Irsik, a Printmaker from Ingalls, KS, creates highly detailed prints using classic intaglio printmaking techniques on copper plates. His work focuses on digital manipulation of wildlife, humans, and nature, finding detail to enhance and sometimes invoke entirely new creations. "Every print goes through a rigorous digital enhancement and design process. Extracting detail or even fabricating a new texture or surface, all while finding a compositional awareness that is saturated in my own personal design language." His compositions and subject matter are heavily influenced by his original studies in graphic design and image manipulation in the early 2000's.

Allison Olsen, a painter from Manhattan, Kansas, makes abstract paintings that create impressions of space, isolation, self-reflection, and self-discovery. Her heavily layered canvases involve imagery borrowed from nature and are inspired by forest floors and canopies. She says, "My hope with this body of paintings is to promote a sense of being in an environment that is so much larger than life that it is slightly overwhelming and forces my viewers to learn how to adapt to these senses."

Madison Wedekind, DX Media, Wichita, KS, creates digital drawings and animations. She has based her concept and imagery around the study of apologetics. Apologetics is reasoned arguments or writings in justification of a theory or religious doctrine. "I thoroughly enjoy studying the comparison of what the bible declares to the knowledge we currently obtain today." The content of her work is presented through the animations displayed, as well as through the book of knowledge presented on a pedestal.

The Mark A. Chapman Gallery on the first floor of Willard Hall, across from the art office, opened in 2005. Cheryl Mellenthin and Mark Chapman funded a complete renovation of the former Willard Hall Gallery, increasing the exhibition space to over 1,400 square feet along with 400 square feet dedicated to exhibition preparation and kitchen facilities. The Department of Art hosts BFA and MFA student exhibitions in the gallery as part of graduation requirements each semester. The technology friendly gallery serves not only exhibition purposes, but also provides a location for an active Visiting Artist lecture program.

December 4-8, 2017

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition 2
Closing Reception: Friday, December 8th, 5:30-7:30p
Kansas State University Department of Art will present the second of three BFA Thesis Exhibitions of the fall semester featuring Sydney Sneed and Yawen Zheng. The artists will showcase an exhibition of their undergraduate artwork from December 4 through 8, 2017 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, first floor of Willard Hall. Gallery hours are 10am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Please feel free to attend the reception with the artists on Friday evening, December 8, from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the gallery. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Photographer Sydney Sneed from Kansas City creates colorful portraits and still life images. Her work brings the visuals and ideas of Pop Art to digital photography. "There is a sense of simplicity in the subjects of my work, but I enjoy adding multiple bright colors to create a more exciting feel." Sydney's work evokes a sense of confusion and humor through the expressions and props in her images.

Yawen Zheng is a senior in DX Media within the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University, exploring the interaction between Arduino and Max. Inspired by Chinese culture, she integrates elements of Chinese style into her works. Plates drawn into Chinese maps are used as controls to switch between videos about provinces in her work. It makes people more interested in understanding and learning about China.

The Mark A. Chapman Gallery on the first floor of Willard Hall, across from the art office, opened in 2005. Cheryl Mellenthin and Mark Chapman funded a complete renovation of the former Willard Hall Gallery, increasing the exhibition space to over 1,400 square feet along with 400 square feet dedicated to exhibition preparation and kitchen facilities. The Department of Art hosts BFA and MFA student exhibitions in the gallery as part of graduation requirements each semester. The technology friendly gallery serves not only exhibition purposes, but also provides a location for an active Visiting Artist lecture program.

 

November 27-December 1, 2017

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition 2
Closing Reception: Friday, December 1st, 5:30-7:30p
Kansas State University Department of Art will present the first of three BFA Thesis Exhibitions of the fall semester featuring David Hammons, Lauren Sanders, and Bowen Xu. The artists will showcase an exhibition of their undergraduate artwork from November 27 through December 1, 2017 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, first floor of Willard Hall. Gallery hours are 10am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Please feel free to attend the reception with the artists on Friday evening, December 1, from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the gallery. Admission is free and open to the public.

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David Hammons, a Metalsmith originally from Houston, Texas, fashions the macabre into beauty with his creations. His finely crafted metal work, explores the darker sides of humanity, as well as self. He says, "I want the beauty of my pieces to impart a sense of fascination that I have in the subject matter to the viewers." Whether it is a jeweled torture device or a meticulously crafted portrayal of introspection, there is a visceral experience from each piece.

Painter Lauren Sanders from Wichita, KS does installation artwork using found objects to create an environment around her figurative paintings. She uses her life as the inspiration for the paintings. The installation aspect of her work brings the viewer into these experiences. She says, "I started keeping things in my studio to inspire the paintings. As the paintings developed, these objects became a part of the paintings."

Bowen Xu, is a drawing artist who grew up in China and spent his adulthood in Kansas. Because of his cultural background, he always tells a story with his drawing with skeptical undertones. In this show, he presents his work in traditional media such as ink wash and pastel, aiming to capture the topic of "Love." He says that "realizing that humans are the most important thing on the earth, spend your time loving them before they go away, and then there is nothing on earth that can scare you." With realistic figures mixed with abstract color, he aims to brings out a dreamy feeling to express his theme.

The Mark A. Chapman Gallery on the first floor of Willard Hall, across from the art office, opened in 2005. Cheryl Mellenthin and Mark Chapman funded a complete renovation of the former Willard Hall Gallery, increasing the exhibition space to over 1,400 square feet along with 400 square feet dedicated to exhibition preparation and kitchen facilities. The Department of Art hosts BFA and MFA student exhibitions in the gallery as part of graduation requirements each semester. The technology friendly gallery serves not only exhibition purposes, but also provides a location for an active Visiting Artist lecture program.

 

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