Keuka College’s annual Senior Art Show will be on display April 24-May 14 in Lightner Library’s Lightner Gallery. Nine senior art and design majors will exhibit their works in the show, titled “Thought Uncovered,” as the culmination of their Keuka College careers.
An artists’ reception, free and open to the public, will be Thursday, April 27 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Lightner Gallery. Art will be for sale.
For many of the seniors, the desire to tell a story is what motivates them to create their art. For example, Sabrina Androvett ’17, was always interested in the storytelling and passion that comes with the creation of art.
“I believe my overall work could tell a hundred different stories, each unique and imaginative,” says Sabrina, who grew up watching her grandmother, also an artist, work in her studio. “Each piece has its own unique, creative take that may be perceived differently with each viewer.”
For example, her submissions in the senior show feature three animatronic characters from a book she is writing.
“I’m so used to writing about them, that showing them in a digital illustration or a moving sculpture breathes fresh air into what I’m passionate about,” says Sabrina. “Alice, Shadick, and Angel have their own struggles, their own personalities, and I wanted to show their humanity.”
The illustrations she has created for the senior show were all done using a track pad on a laptop or just a mouse.
“I also worked with a variety of different electronics—the animatronics themselves move and talk,” she says. “I had to manually get in there and change the wiring for the eyes to match with each character, which is something I wouldn’t have done back in high school.”
In high school, Sabrina says she wrote more than she drew, but at Keuka College, she learned how to convert her artistic work digitally, thanks to a digital illustration class.
“As a result, I believe my drawings are more vibrant and showcase more of my personality,” she says. “My imagination often was too big for paper, but as I grew in my artistic abilities, I learned that what you see in your mind can be achieved by putting the effort into the work.”
And as Sabrina grew in her abilities so did Jadine Buddingh ’18, who says “If you can think, you can make art. I like how free you are when you create a work of art. Before I came to Keuka College, I would never have even imagined creating art out of metal. That was a big surprise and accomplishment for me.”
And she says her work has also grown in size tremendously.
“I don’t see myself going small ever again—if anything is will keep going bigger,” Jadine adds. “I like to make my viewers relate my art in some way. Either emotionally or physically, I want people to have a connection to my work.”
Art has no rules, she says. And for her, that’s a good thing because she likes being able to create whatever enters her mind. Because with art, she says, there are no limitations.
For her senior project, Jadine says she wants people to grasp the realistic feelings displayed in her work, and relate that empathy to their own lives. If she could choose a favorite piece, it is always “my last one and my next one,” she says. “I always strive to do better than the last one. When I finish a piece, it becomes my favorite, and then my new favorite is the one I am doing next. It’s like a never-ending cycle.”
That never-ending cycle could also mean the ups and downs people face in life, especially when away from home for periods of time.
That’s what Courtney Freeman ’17 says about her art—which are both dark and light to represent “my uncertainty of creating art pieces, and knowing that people may not like them. I did these art pieces for me, because landscapes are my thing. During the process of working on my last two paintings, I became inspired by an artist named Wolf Kahn.”
While the senior show is “Thoughts Uncovered,” Courtney’s individual title for her works is “Hopes and Dreams By: Courtney Freeman.” A painter and photographer, her submissions include two photographs on canvas, and three acrylic paintings.
And while the beauty of landscapes inspires Courtney, it is family that Tiffany Manning ’17 draws on for her art.
“My family has always encouraged me to be my own person, and do things that make me unique,” she says. “And I believe that creating art gives me that outlet to be the most unique form of me.”
And like Sabrina, Tiffany wants to express herself and tell a story with her art.
“I want to tell the story of travel and the importance of it,” she says, who named her individual show "A Traveler's Dream." “I think it is critical for people to know the places they come from, as well as where others come from. So many people in this world are separated and closed-minded. But if you just open up their hearts, eyes, and ears, you might find that these are the people you have the most in common with. That is what I hope my art does.”
Tiffany has a series of Trinidad and St. Lucia pieces she created, which she particularly likes because “I have pictures of my family on the pieces. My family means so much to me, and I’m glad that I was able to incorporate them into my series.”
She adds that she believes her transformation during her time at Keuka College has changed her in many ways.
“My skills has improved so much, my craftsmanship is a lot of better, and my knowledge about art and its endless possibilities have grown,” she says. “I have grown more confident and proud of my work.”
So has Brannon McClendon ’17, who as a child, always enjoyed sketching and drawing. For him, art allows him to remake the world as he see fit.
“Though the content and subject matter of my work have always possessed similarities, my skill with a pencil, brush, and sculpture have improved dramatically since starting in the art program at Keuka College,” says Brannon. “I have striven to simply improve and adapt new methods as my professors guided me. I consider myself quite fortunate to have advanced so far since my start at the College.”
For the senior show, Brannon says he was given the liberty of choosing whatever he liked to submit. A particular piece he likes, titled “Him,” represents a moving scene in one of the books he has been writing.
“Nearly each piece in the show depicts a scene that occurs in one of the books that I have been writing and working on for the past six years,” he says. “I have always favored “Him” for personal reasons, and since each work essentially functions as illustrations, I will have scene descriptions accompanying each piece.”
Depicting emotions is also something Kathyrn Morgan ’17 aims to portray in her art.
“I’m very focused on portraying emotions, and how they are expressed,” says Kathyrn, who finds inspiration from a multitude of things. “I want people to be able to step into my shoes and get a sense of what my grieving process was like, and to get a better understanding of how not everyone’s grief is the same.”
And Kathyrn is putting her emotions on display in her favorite piece for the senior show in ‘The Dump.’
“It is a literal emotional dump of all of my lows and insecurities during the first year after my sister’s death,” she says. “It’s extremely powerful, and there are numerous hidden messages that are left open for interpretation for the viewers.”
When she first switched to being an art major, Kathryn says she stuck to subjects and techniques that she knew.
“I didn’t do things out of my comfort zone, my art was very reserved, and I didn’t push myself at all,” she says. “Since then, my art has changed drastically. Now, I’m trying all sorts of new things to help improve my art. For my senior project, I’ve pushed myself like never before, and I probably could have even pushed myself just a tad bit more.”
Trying some techniques out of his comfort zone is something Marquis Patterson ’17 has also done during his tenure at the College.
“Since my freshman year, my art has changed drastically in all types of forms from detail, to craftsmanship, to color contrasting, and styles of art from drawing, painting, and even ceramics,” he says. “I’ve tried new techniques, such as charcoal, and the art style of mixed media, which is now my favorite besides painting.”
Taking an idea and creating something tangible is what Marquis likes about art, as it “is simply just an amazing talent, and I wanted to be a part of that unique skill set,” he says.
One of his paintings in the show is his Nike Kobe 10 Elite “What the” basketball sneaker.
“It was my most detailed piece during the Painting II class,” he says. “It started with the thought of doing a sneaker-series of paintings, and it showed me that I could do a realistic painting. What I want to tell with my art is that I can do anything I want if I put my mind to it—give me a vision and I can create it.”
And having a vision is something that has changed for Emily Radler '17.
“My photographs depict my journey from freshman year to now, and how I realized that everyone has different skills,” says Emily, who became interested in art because it was a way for her to express herself and use her creative side. “Art is about making mistakes, and I’ve seen my confidence grow with my artwork.”
And like Courtney, Emily has a title for her individual submissions—Atelophobia, or the fear of imperfection/fear of not being good enough.
“The story I want to tell for my senior project is how I have overcome my fears and doubts of not being a great artist,” says Emily. “Through the years, I have learned much about different mediums and different techniques to use, thanks to the help of Ms. Newcomb.”
One thing Emily says she likes about art is that she gets to actually work with my hands and move around instead of sitting at a desk. And by moving around, she says she has “gained a lot of new skills, such as painting, because of all the art courses we take. My artwork has become stronger over the years, and I’m glad for that because now, I can start building off of that foundation and use the new skills I learned once I graduate.”
Taylor Peets ’17 will also have her art on display in “Thoughts Uncovered.”