ESU’s Senior Seminar & Portfolio Art Exhibition

Professor Farris-LaBar's 3D artwork. Photo Credit / Crystal Smith
Professor Farris-LaBar's 3D artwork. Photo Credit / Crystal Smith
Professor Farris-LaBar’s 3D artwork.
Photo Credit / Crystal Smith

By Madison Petro
SC Staff Writer

From April 22 until May 6, senior art and design students will display their work in the Madelon Power Gallery in the Fine and Performing Arts Center as part of ESU’s Senior Seminar & Portfolio in Art Student Exhibition.

The gallery is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Much of what will be displayed is work from Professor Darlene Farris-LaBar’s Portfolio in Art course. This course, according to Farris-LaBar, is designed to “help students prepare for their professional careers in art and design.”

Some of the career paths many of the students plan to pursue are graphic design, 3D printing, illustration, animation, art therapy, art education, and fine arts.

“This exhibition offers the students a chance to promote themselves to the community by unveiling not only their personal promotional brand, but also their website, media kits, promotional items, printed portfolios, 3D printed promotional media, artist statements, bios, posters, business cards, design agreement or art consignment contracts and much more,” says Farris-LaBar.

East Stroudsburg University’s student design agency, “New Mind Design,” will be presenting designs created for community clients throughout the year. Artwork created during the Student Art Association’s event, “Comic Thon,” will also be on display during the exhibition.

In addition, independent study students will be exhibiting their research.

One of these students is Jeff Reitz, who has an interest in animation and illustration, and will be presenting a children’s book along with a 3D-printed Star Wars starship. Evelyn Barone and David Canady will be presenting clay sculptures as well.

This exhibition is an annual event that occurs in the last two weeks of the spring semester. There is a lot of work and preparation that goes into the exhibition. Students prepare their work throughout all semesters and in various courses.

Art and design faculty have a role, as well, by teaching their students necessary skills throughout their full enrollment at East Stroudsburg University.

All courses in the art and design department help develop and mold their students’ skills and creativity, whether the students transferred from another school or came to ESU as freshmen.

So, while your classes are winding down and you’re studying for finals, take a break and enjoy some time to relax by visiting the exhibition and supporting your fellow classmates in the works they have been creating throughout their college careers.

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