MFA art exhibition held at Enterprise Center

January 28, 2010

by Emily LaFleur

Studio art, photography and communication design pieces were hung on the wall for the public Jan. 15 in the Enterprise Center Art Gallery.

Graduate students of the Master of Fine Arts program, Caleb Clark, Ashley Feagin, Adrian Gipson, Jessica Hawkins, Edward Kersh, Karren Lovelady, Rachul McClintic and Tennille Padenin have their work displayed in the MFA Art Show continuing until Feb. 11 at the Enterprise Center Art Gallery.

Marie Bukowski, an associate professor of art and the graduate and studio programs coordinator, said the art show provides an array of work.

“The Master of Fine Arts exhibition displays a range of work from traditional painting to digital photography, to identity design and installation work,” she said. “There is a large variety of work that can engage a large audience.”

Bukowski said a unique aspect of this show is that it is student run.

“These students are handling their own promotion of the exhibition, dealing with the business aspects and finally laying out the show and hanging it,” she said.

Bukowski described the benefits of the show and said it is a “good experience for the students.”

“Gallery experience is very important to professional artists and designers; [the experience] can broaden one’s resume and perhaps help in the job search,” she said. “It does enrich their resume, but it also gives them practical experience as artists and designers in the exhibition process.”

Bukowski said the art show welcomes all.

“Any visitor to the Enterprise Center can find artwork with which they can engage because the variety of work is so vast,” she said. “There is something there for everyone.”

Gipson described where his inspiration for his two oil on canvas paintings in the show originated.

“I grew up in a musical family, [therefore], music has been a big part of my life,” he said. “My art is about my attempts and me trying to combine art and music into one aspect.”

Gipson, who also plays the bass guitar and the drums, said he hopes others view his biographical work with open senses.

“I want [others] to hear sound when they look at my paintings and me in a way,” he said.

Gipson said he wanted to do art because he wanted his career choice to be something he likes.

“I love doing art,” he said. “I want my career to be a passion of mine.”

Gipson said choosing something you actually think you will enjoy is smart when pursuing skills for your future.

“Getting a degree is tough,” he said. “Do something you like or you’ll lose interest.”

Gipson also said he hopes his love for art and music will continue throughout his life.

“I want to be an art professor, do my art and play instruments,” he said.

Others in connection with the art show include the visitors such as Tess Stickney, a sophomore studio art major, who said she attended the show.

“I was expecting just paintings, but I was really happy to see photography as well,” she said.

Stickney said one of the masterpieces caught her eye.

“Youngblood’s work was the most interesting,” she said. “[Youngblood] incorporated articles of clothing underneath her paintings; her works are bright, eye-catching, expressive and therefore very successful.”

Over all Stickney said the whole collection showcased was unique.

“This is one of the best student shows I have seen at Tech,” she said. “All of the work is very impressive, fun and worthwhile.”

Stickney said art is not just a career opportunity for people or a measly pastime.

“Art is important because it is an outlet for one’s emotions; [art] can make one happy for a mere moment, or stare in deep thought for hours or days,” she said.
“It’s creative and gets the brain working.”