Honors Art students exhibit work

Kira Young works on a piece of art in the studio.
March 26, 2013

Six senior Art students are the featured artists in McDaniel’s student honors exhibition, “smARTies,” opening March 26 in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall. The exhibition runs through April 5, with an opening reception 7-9 p.m. March 26. Some work in the exhibition explores adult content and is intended for mature audiences only.

Students showcasing their works are Dani Allen of Laurel, Md.; Caitlin Bennett of Bothell, Wash.; Dara Dinisio of Parkville, Md.; Elyse Hyle of Phoenix, Md.; Claire Woolley of Ephrata, Pa.; and Kira Young of Glen Rock, Pa. 

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

About the Artists:

Dani Allen works with mixed media and video. She said that her work, “explores the construction of sexual identity through examining sexual fantasy and a woman’s relationship to her body.” She added, “I use my own life experiences and sexual identity as material in order to open a dialogue about the boundaries imposed on personal sexuality and how to test those boundaries.”

Caitlin Bennett exhibits ink drawings, photographs and mixed media sculpture.

Art by Dara Dinisio.
Art by Dara Dinisio.

Dara Dinisio uses old magazines, color pallets, wire hangers and thread to explore the fashion industry. She said, “I incorporate the idea of expectations on an individual. You can see the attempt to hide underneath your clothes, but inevitably, you are wearing characteristics of yourself and the rapidly progressive fashion industry for everyone to see and judge.”

Art by Elyse Hyle.
Art by Elyse Hyle.

Elyse Hyle looks at childhood and adulthood hardships and the striking similarity in the emotions that they elicit. Many of her works depict childhood toys and some are interactive encouraging viewers to play. According to Hyle, “As adults, we look back at our childhood as a carefree wondrous time, but in reality, childhood was just as hard for us as adulthood is today. As children, we were just better at letting the stresses of life go and focus on the things that made us happier.”

Claire Woolley displays drawings, sculpture and photography. According to Woolley, “my body of work focuses on human insecurities. People are drawn to chairs to sit down, to get out of the line of attention. I want my work to express that sometimes it can be just as comfortable to stand, be proud, and don’t be so quick to take a seat.”

Art by Kira Young.
Art by Kira Young.

Kira Young creates drawings and paintings utilizing acrylic, watercolor and ink media that “experiment with the notions of contradiction and rebellion,” she said. “Ultimately, I am exploring how beauty and spontaneity can be found in the imperfections and the contradictions, as well as in carefully controlled and manipulated artworks.”