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WEIZENBLATT GALLERY FEATURES SENIOR ART EXHIBIT
Mars Hill College Senior art majors will be opening their senior art exhibition in Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill College on Friday, April 16th from 4:00 until 7:00 pm.
The work of seniors Denise Griffin, Amber McCurry, Kayla McCurry, Chad Skinner, and Samantha Waldroup will be exhibited in Weizenblatt Gallery from April 16 through May 8. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Weizenblatt Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.
Kayla McCurry is a senior studio art and religion/philosophy double major, who is minoring in Women’s Studies. McCurry is from Burnsville, NC and is involved in issues of social justice and women’s rights. She is a Bonner Scholar and has worked extensively with the Madison County domestic violence and sexual assault agency, My Sister’s Place. After graduation, McCurry plans to work locally and pursue a graduate degree in Social Work and Women’s Studies.
Exploring pain, beauty, identity, and the body are all issues that McCurry deals with in an academic, social, work, and artistic setting.
Her senior work is a reflection of all of these issues, thus the show is titled Reflection. Through various paintings, McCurry presents her own self-reflection on female identity, the self, and the body. Her work explores privacy, intimacy, body image, and identity as experienced in some of our most private female moments.
Denise Griffin is a senior Art/Sociology major with concentrations in Studio Art and Criminal Justice. Griffin is from Mars Hill, NC and is currently studying the issues associated with coal mining and its effects on the environment and the people. Her presentation, “Coal,” focuses on the sociological impacts of an industry that has, in ways, helped the economy of the Southern Appalachian culture, while simultaneously destroying parts of the environment, people, and the economy.
Amber McCurry is a senior from Weaverville, NC, who is majoring in Studio Arts with a concentration in Photography. She earned an Associate of Arts Degree in 2008 from AB-Tech, which is where she acquired her knowledge and love for traditional photography and its workings. After coming to MHC, she began studying photography as a digital based media. Her first love in photography is analogue, especially dark room editing. However, she has found excitement with digital based media, learning how the same principles and techniques do apply to both mediums. Her goal is to earn her M.F.A. soon after graduation from MHC this spring.
McCurry’s photography displays a compilation of found objects that have been frozen in time. “Uncle Lum’s House” is a collection of photographs that present the past as discovered by the photographer.
Samantha Waldroup is a senior Studio Art major with a focus in photography. She grew up in Bryson City, North Carolina and has attended Mars Hill College since her sophomore year. Waldroup is showcasing a senior exhibition art collection entitled “Metamorphosis”, her work medium is digital photography. The collection focuses on the duality of the male and female and how we define gender, ourselves and each other. By bringing the viewer closer she has given the body a form of movement, and sculpture.
Chad Skinner is an art major from Ottawa, Ontario Canada. He has been making art ever since he was first introduced to graffiti in high school. His graffiti style slowly transformed into a studio based portrait style. Using mostly pastels he manipulates opaque marks of colour to display the essence and personality of an individual.