Honors Art students exhibit work

March 19, 2012

An exhibition, amuse-bouche, of the artwork of four senior honors students runs through March 30 in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, and features a variety of work, including drawings, photography, printmaking and mixed media. The opening reception of the 2012 Honors Art Exhibition is 5-7 p.m. March 20.

Students showcasing their work are Jordan Beans of Hanover, Pa., Hannah Matthews of New Windsor, Md., Jessica Oros of Eldersburg, Md., and Kara Owens of Doylestown, Pa.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Rice Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, noon-8 p.m. Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-857-2595 for more information.

Student artist statements:

Jordan Beans turns snapshot photographs into charcoal drawings. In her work, she tries to “capture people in their more natural states” but finds that “when confronted with a camera, people put on facades to present more ‘perfect’ semblances of themselves.” Beans said, “The ‘snapshot,’ a photograph taken when the subject is unaware, often captures a person’s true self. By changing the scale and the medium, I attempt to take a personal moment and make it a more universal image.”

Hannah Matthews works in sound, printmaking, darkroom photography, ink and muslin. According to Matthews, “The art that I engage with (and ultimately end up producing or destroying) is a personal search for stillness within the spiritual, physical and psychological realms.” She added, “I try to find the tangible experiences that illuminate the sacred in everyday life.”

Jessica Oros uses commonplace materials and objects, which, she said, “reference the everyday routines in life.” Her work covers a range of media from ripped paper, dental floss, and video and sound art, as well as traditional techniques, such as screen-printing. She added, “My artwork expresses my desire to reduce stress and retain a sense of balance in my life. By focusing on repetitive and systematic motions and processes to create my art, I can symbolically remove the stress from my life.”

Kara Owens creates black and white conté drawings that are displayed with recorded sound. In her work, she explores “the subject of dance to express feminine strength.” She said, “I hope to have the viewer see the possible strength, both inner and outer, of women, in general.”

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