Sunday, April 26, 2009

2009 Senior Art Exhibition

The Senior Exhibition entitled "Squaring the Circle" showcases the work of seven graduating senior Art and Design majors. Artists include (l-r) Mike DeGidio, Andrew Rath, Sam Oreskovich, Natalie Nemetz, Cassie Ward, Mary Margaret Gill and Annie Kolaczkowski.

Art work includes photography, oil and acrylic painting, drawings, printmaking, ceramics and graphic design work.

The exhibition runs through May 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Convex Complexities

Now on exhibit in the Fitzgerald Library display cases: granite, concrete, and wood carved sculptures from Art Foundations II studies on convex curvature. Actually the material is pink styrofoam insulation painted to look like those materials - check them out and see if you can tell.

Foundations II site-specific art

Foundations II students have created works of art in various public spaces on campus; spaces that are not usually paid attention to – a corner near a door, a shelf that is not used, under an entryway in the back of a residence hall - in order to make the viewer stop and become more aware of their surroundings.
The art is a panel on which they were to paint what is behind it, as though looking through a piece of glass. On this panel they could add something that might not ordinarily be found there: a cat, a bird, a butterfly, or a 20 dollar bill, for example.
The work will be 'on exhibit' Thursday, April 23, from 10 am to 2pm. Some works may still be in place after that time, but using poster putty makes these works quite 'temporary'.

Locations for the works are:

Nikki - steps and brick wall in Griffin-Heffron area
Marie - on the steps coming out of second floor Skemp into Heffron
Keisha - LaSalle lower stairway at main entrance
Brianna - exterior steps (near Alumni Office), basement of Heffron
Natalie - LaSalle math dept hallway
Laura - on the steps coming out of second floor Skemp into Heffron
Emma - east stairwell in Joe's, on landing between Print studio and Paint studio
Maggie - new entrance in Joe's, opposite the faculty art exhibit
Martha - elevator ceiling in Joe's Hall
Jennifer - interior entrance (near Alumni Office), basement of Heffron

Look for the pink name plates that signify that art is nearby!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Art Department Welcomes Paper 101

The Art Department and Graphic Design II (AR403) sponsored PAPER 101 on Wednesday afternoon. Attendees included students, faculty and several design staff from Saint Mary's Press. This information session included overviews of paper manufacturing, use of coated vs uncoated paper, sustainability in the printing and paper industry, and opportunities and suggestions for networking in the print and graphic design fields. Specification Representative Paula Allan from xpedex and Account Manager Mike Libby from Sappi Paper Company did a wonderful job of engaging the students and opening a dialogue about paper sourcing.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Art Club Adopts a Fountain

The Saint Mary's Art Club adopted the only water fountain in St. Joes hall as part of "Our Drinking Fountains, Our Water" a collaborative yearlong project between SMU, Winona State University, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Southeast Minnesota Water Resources Board and the city of Winona.

The Art Club design is based on a triptych altarpiece, using stained glass, flowing tissue paper, faux candles, and incorporates traditional craft material (gold painted macaroni).

The altar is dedicated to Saint Aqua-Nice.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Getting the Big Picture

The Photo I class assembled panoramas recently. Some wonderful perspectives came from looking to the edges of the picture frame and seeing what was just beyond the view finder.

The panorama above is by Nadine M.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Alphabet Book

Typography class recently designed and printed a book about the alphabet. Each student designed pages for individual letters, or a letter and a character, such as &, !, or ?
Printing and binding of the book was done at Saint Mary's Press, just across the parking lot from the art building. Saint Mary's Press now prints 'on demand', offering high quality printing and publication services to small batch projects.
A great project enabling our graphic design students to experience the project from start to finish.
The winning cover design was by Elizabeth Daugherty.