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Carleton’s Graduating Art Majors Showcase Their Work in Year-End Exhibit

May 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm
By Jacob Cohn '13

Carleton College’s senior studio art majors will present their culminating works in the College’s Senior Art Show opening Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Perlman Teaching Museum at the Weitz Center for Creativity. The art show—entitled “Untitled (for reasons)”—opens with a special reception with the students, who will be on-hand to discuss their work. Admittance to the reception and to the Perlman Teaching Museum is free and open to the public.

While the annual senior art show is a Carleton institution, this is the first time it has been held in the Weitz Center for Creativity, which opened last September. The work on display is the result of students’ comprehensive exercises, completed by all Carleton students during their senior year. For studio art majors, comps “facilitates the transition from student to artist,” explains art department administrative assistant Patt Germann. The projects spring from proposals completed in the spring of junior year, and they are designed to be independent pieces of work free from the constraints of class assignments. Students work on their projects throughout senior year and receive considerable feedback.

Projects often include a personal statement declaring the artist’s intent. They feature a staggering variety of materials from painting to woodwork and traditional photography to sophisticated digital and electronic projects. Projects have been completed with clay, metal, paper, plaster, wire, glass, cardboard, styrofoam, book arts, printmaking, drawing with pastels, inks, pencils and charcoal.

“This is definitely a multimedia visual and sensory feast,” says Laurel Bradley, director of the Perlman Teaching Museum. Bradley adds that the wide variety demonstrates students’ creativity and willingness to experiment.

The Carleton Class of 2012 includes 19 studio art majors, all of whose projects will be on display. The graduating studio art majors are: Makini Allwood (Shoreview, Minn.), Arthur Brown (Japan), Jacob Canfield (Ames, Iowa), Linnea Carlson (Evanston, Ill.), Talia Goldenberg (Eugene, Ore.), Sonali Gupta (India), Leah Justin-Jinich, Clara Labadie (Washington, D.C.), Sylvie Lam (Concord, Mass.), Paulina Lopez (Rochester, Minn.), Hannah Lucal (Brookline, Mass.), Krissy Lunz (Fairmont, Minn.), Natalie Monaghan (Indianapolis, Ind.), Arielle Rebek (Elmhurst, Ill.), Becky Riss (White Plains, N.Y.), Noah Sapse (Roxbury, Conn.),  Danny Smith (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Jia-Li Tan and Logan Weiss (Lexington, Mass.).

For more information, including disability accommodations, contact Laurel Bradley at (507) 222-4342 or visit the museum website. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 Third Street East in Northfield. Hours for the Perlman Teaching Museum are: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enter the Perlman Teaching Museum, Weitz Center for Creativity, at Third and College Streets.