Art students showcase their talents in mixed media | UPDATED

April 04, 2011

Senior Kristin Behrle took Best of Show for “Connection,” a series of three paper-cuttings, at the annual Kathryn E. Wentz Juried Undergraduate Exhibition open now through April 17 on campus in the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery.

Additional awards include first place to junior Noel Walters for “The Chocolate One,” second place to junior Jessica Oros for “Twice a Day,” third place to senior Megan Magee for “1/4th,” foundations award to freshman Casey Roberds for “Library,” and honorable mentions to senior Sarah Reeb for “Untitled,” junior Kirsten Bowers for “Piggies!,” and junior Kara Owens for “Peek Beyond.”

Open to all students, the show features the work of about 15 students.

“In terms of both technical and conceptual ability, the work included this year represents the highest overall quality of artwork being produced by our students,” says Chloe Watson ’07, who is a temporary instructor and gallery director filling in during Associate Professor Steve Pearson’s sabbatical. “From printmaking to traditional still-life painting, to knitted sculpture and embroidery, the juried show offers a range of media showcasing the talent here at McDaniel.”

Senior Kristin Behrle

Kristin Behrle’s art explores the idea of communication, specifically communication overload and miscommunication.  “The work is all about how there is too much – a sensory overload constantly occurring in our daily lives, and how that can be misinterpreted,” Behrle, a senior Art and Communication major, says. “I began with a focus on blind contour drawings as the basis for the work, since they are loose, unpredictable, and very concentrated and busy. These forms embody the constant changing ways of communication.”

Senior Caitlin Buckland

Caitlin Buckland works with toile, a fabric the senior Art major says “that has a sense of conflict with its individual, detailed scenes, yet overall one-dimensional plane due to the repetition. Modifying toile by bringing dimension and on the other hand, treating it like the flat surface it is, exaggerates the fabric's concept. Smooth backgrounds are contrasted with “caked” on paint in some works, while physical layers are added in others.”

Senior Megan Magee

A serious car accident in February of 2009 left its mark on Megan Magee’s  life and her art. “That night I lost control over my own life. Despite being an overly conscious person, my life was spun into chaos,” the senior Art major says. “While working through the stages of grief, I found myself going back to the basics; sleeping, eating, breathing. This is where the use of the primary colors and their complements come in. Primaries are the basis for all other colors. In art, when you need a place to begin, you can always go back to the primaries, the basics of color.”

Junior Jessica Oros

In her artwork, junior Art and English major Jessica Oros expresses her desire to reduce stress and retain a sense of balance in her life. She symbolically removes stress from her life “by repetitively applying and then systematically removing the coats of paint,” taking to heart the words of Henri Matisse: “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.”

Painter Jonathan Stonely and sculptor Seth Crawford served as this year’s judges. Work not selected for the juried exhibition is then considered by members of the Art Club to be shown concurrently in the Annual Salon Des Refuse Exhibition. The Salon exhibition is being held at the Carroll Arts Center from April 21-May 11.  There will be an opening reception for the Salon show at 6 p.m. April 21 at the Carroll Arts Center.