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Pepperdine’s Weisman Museum Showcases Senior Art in Enigma Exhibition

The annual Studio Art Thesis Exhibition returns to the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, showcasing work by graduating seniors until Saturday, Apr. 27.  

This year's exhibition is titled Enigma and features works by 12 artists who are graduating from Pepperdine's Seaver College in April with B.A. degrees in studio art: Mark Allen; Peter Chi; Jocelyn Davis; Brighton Demerest-Smith; Efrain Gonzalez; Sarah Goodman; Anna; Rebecca Johnson; Ashley Jolly; Michael Kahl; Priscilla Kwok; Candice Leanne Lin; and Beatrix Way.

The Studio Art Thesis Exhibition allows graduating students from the studio art program to highlight their achievements. In Enigma, the works explore their creative imagination in various media ranging from painting and sculpture to mixed media assemblage and performance art.

"Three students will showcase sculptural pieces and nine students will exhibit two–dimensional work, such as drawings and paintings using watercolor, oils, or acrylic," says Gretchen Batcheller, Seaver College assistant professor of studio art. "One student will also present some graphic work, which she is self-publishing in books. These seniors came up with this year's theme of Enigma."

Ty Pownall, also an assistant professor of studio art, adds, "I'm thrilled to see what the seniors are creating for this year's thesis exhibition! Within the work of these 12 artists there is exciting variety, from designer body bags to abstract sculpture that blends the history of welded steel with surf culture. As a new faculty member in studio art, I'm so thankful I've had the chance to get to know these students and their art. They're a talented bunch and I can't wait for the art world to get to know them too."

The exhibition was organized by Batcheller and Pownall in cooperation with Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

The museum, located on Pepperdine's main campus at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Mondays and major holidays. There is no admission charge.

For more information, call (310) 506-4851 or visit the Weisman Museum website.

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