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Senior Art Exhibition, "eXIst," Remains on Display Until May 1 at the Weisman Museum
Art created by seniors graduating from the Fine Arts Division will remain on display through Saturday, May 1, at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art on the Malibu campus. Eleven graduating art majors are showcasing their capstone work in the eXIst exhibition, including paintings and sculptures.
The title, eXIst, is a play on the Roman numerals for the number 11—the number of students displaying their work: S. Claire Chung, Katie Craig, Daniel Delarosa, Susan Doe, Beau Dunn, Alexandra Nicandros, Brittany A. Peterson, Robin Orsi, Kelsey Sheppel, Jason Yong Son, and Andrea Varner.
"The title also suggests the idea that they're all in this together," says exhibition coordinator Jospeh Piasentin, professor of art. "The nature of the exhibition, being a group show with 11 students, is that hopefully there are 11 very distinct voices or styles. But there is a cohesiveness to it, which I would say is the maturity of their work."
The senior exhibition allows graduates from the studio art program to present work highlighting their achievements. In eXIst, the work explores the range of their creative imagination in various media ranging from painting to sculpture.
"What pieces and styles you find a connection with will really depend on your own individual baggage," says Piasentin about the broad range of work on display. "
But I hope everyone takes away with them a sense that the students have achieved a level of ability in both conceptual and technical ways that holds up with, and in fact exceeds significantly, the average undergraduate exhibition out there."
He adds, "I try to stay objective though might be defending my turf a little bit! But I truly am always impressed with our sophistication, especially from one of the smaller art departments among academic institutions."
The exhibition was organized in cooperation with Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.
The free exhibition is open during normal museum hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Weisman Museum at (310) 506-4851, or visit the Weisman Museum Web site.