First of two senior art capstone exhibitions opens April 11

April 06, 2017

“(Global) Awareness,” the first of two Senior Capstone Exhibitions of works by graduating Art students at McDaniel College, runs April 11–21, with a reception April 13 at 5:30–7:30 p.m. and a gallery talk at 6 p.m., in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall.

The exhibitions feature a variety of media, from traditional two- and three-dimensional works to digital and new media. Students showcasing their works in “(Global) Awareness” are Suzannah Banister of Cockeysville, Md.; Jennifer Brown of Spotsylvania, Va.; Sarah Lighter of Olney Md.; Amber Smith of Baltimore; Rebecca Suraci of Mount Airy, Md., and Adriana “Summer” Villarosa of Knoxville, Md.   

  • Suzannah Banister’s work in “(Global) Awareness” focuses on “opacity and color to represent different perceived identities.”
  • Jennifer Brown examines “how people perceive those with mental disorders.”
  • Both running track and the experience of studying abroad in Australia has influenced Sarah Lighter’s artwork, which includes a website and three games “based off the Egyptian environmental struggles.”
  • Amber Smith’s personal experience as a child with histiocytosis, a rare blood disease, has inspired her to look at the “disconnect between childhood innocence and the harsher realities children often have to face.”
  • Rebecca Suraci said that her work “focuses on perception, both on an individual and cultural spectrum.”
  • Adriana “Summer” Villarosa uses an array of media from vinyl letters to photography in order to bring awareness to rape and sexual assault. 
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