Slocumb Galleries hosting B.A. Studio Art Senior Exhibit this week

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JOHNSON CITY – The B.A. Studio Art Senior Exhibit is on display at Slocumb Galleries this week, with an artists’ reception planned for Friday, Oct. 25, from 5-7 p.m.

This exhibit, sponsored by the ETSU Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries, features works by senior Art and Design students David Cartwright, Hannah Harper, Hannah Irvin, Jennie Kodak, Courtney Mynhier and Nicole Stupin.

Harper’s work incorporates water as a primary theme and presents water as the “unknown” and symbolic of “apprehension and anxiety about the future.”  Her drawings depict scenes with creatures of her own invention based on her childhood experiences, specifically those that came when she and her family visited large bodies of water with tree limbs nearby.  She describes her imagined creature as “always partially submerged in water and distinctly resembling both tree and crocodile.”

Irvin calls her art “pursuit of an ideal essence” that she gravitates toward, with subjects ranging from natural and man-made objects to figures and patterns.  She currently works in pastel on wood panel or paper, and explores watercolor and multimedia work on the side.

Kodak’s work is influenced by stories.  Through her photography, she aims to suggest a narrative without revealing a “whole story but sparking interest into the life of this character.”  She intends for “viewers to author their own stories around each subject.”

Mynhier works in mixed media, including graphic design, photography and sculpture.  Her exhibit, “Wonderfully Made,” was inspired by the recent loss of her 6-month-old son, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome.  Her work is a reminder that despite the complications, her son was “perfect” and “wonderfully made.”

Stupin focuses primarily on the abstraction of marine life forms, including fish and marine mammals.  She calls her work in ceramics an attempt to “challenge function and form,” and, for her, “abstraction offers limitless forms, textures and palettes that can be combined and recombined endlessly,” providing many possibilities.

Hours for Slocumb Galleries, located in Ball Hall, are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, with extended hours for receptions and scheduled tours.  All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, Slocumb Galleries director, at (423) 483-3179 or .   For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.
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