Bachelor of fine art thesis exhibition closes

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 10 years ago on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 2:09 PM

Four Concordia art students displayed their work at the Marxhausen Gallery from April 3 – April 15. The four seniors, Becky Aldrich, David City, Neb.; Brianna Franer, Lancaster, Calif.; Kaylie Mellema, Axtell, Neb.; and Scott Schwalenberg, Columbus, Neb., are all working toward their Bachelor of Fine Art degrees. An opening reception was held Sunday, April 3 from 1-4 p.m., and the artists discussed their work at 2 p.m.

Photography, video pieces and paintings were all on display. The exhibit is a required component of the art curriculum and gives students a real-world experience.

“The exhibit provides an opportunity for students to complete a unified body of art work which explores a theme in one medium,” said Associate Professor of Art James Bockelman. “The show also requires students to site and then install their work, often for the first time in a gallery setting.”

The students understand what they will gain from mounting this exhibit. “It has pushed me to explore and create a new body of work unlike anything I have done before,” said Mellema. “It’s good practice for all artists to show their work and build a network based on the relationships that come about through that experience. This whole process will help me learn more about presenting my work in an effective manner, which is key to any growing artist.”

The Marxhausen Gallery is the on-campus exhibition space for Concordia and hosts a variety of exhibitions each year. It is located in Jesse Hall and is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.