Saving the best for last: Senior Portfolio Exhibit

Handmade jewelry showcased at the Senior Portfolio Exhibit. Photo Credit / Crystal Smith
Handmade jewelry showcased at the Senior Portfolio Exhibit.  Photo Credit / Crystal Smith

Handmade jewelry showcased at the Senior Portfolio Exhibit.
Photo Credit / Crystal Smith

By David Nostrand
Copy Editor

The latest student art exhibit opened at the Madelon Powers Gallery on April 23.

As is tradition for the semester’s end, the last exhibit features the collected work of art and design senior students who gathered their best work into portfolios for public display.

On opening day, the Art and Design department held a reception for the artists. The Excellence in the Arts awards were handed out at the reception.

Two winners were selected for the art category: Chelsea Oplinger and Lindsay Godin.

The Excellence in the Arts awards also honor individual achievements in music, theater, and dance: Marcus Howard won for music, Brandon Cabrera won for theater, and Michelle Zbinden won for dance.

Thomas Spataro and Tara Leach shared the Cecilia Cohen Art award for outstanding achievement in art history.

Christy Flynn and Summer Smith were awarded the Three Sisters: Irene Mitchel, Helen Mitchel Stetz, and Mary Mitchel Kurello Annual Scholarship.

Dr. Irene Mitchel, Professor Emeritus of Art who worked at ESU for 47 years, established this scholarship.

Visitors to the exhibit, open until May 6, will find the portfolios of 13 students: ten seniors and three juniors.

Three visiting scholars from Shanghai Normal University will also be featured in the exhibit.

The Senior Portfolio Exhibition represents an opportunity for art and design majors to display their collected work, a definitive statement of their artistic accomplishments made from their time at ESU.

A variety of artwork is on display, including photography, paintings, personally designed business cards and others.

Anyone is welcome to flip through binders of photography and drawings, or just look at the pieces featured more prominently in the gallery.

The Madelon Powers Gallery is open to the public for free and is located in the Fine Arts and Performing Center on ESU’s campus.

The gallery’s hours are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Tuesday and Wednesday and 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday, Thursday, and Friday.

Email David at:
dnostrand@live.esu.edu

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