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Art department displays first of two capstone exhibitions

"I Am Who? This is Me.” is the first of two Art capstone exhibitions at McDaniel. The exhibition runs Tuesday, April 2-Friday, April 19, in McDaniel’s Esther Prangley Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. An opening reception takes place Friday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

Emma Legacy

Emma Legacy: "The Colorado Mountains” 

Olivia Douglas crop

Read about the second Art capstone exhibition, "Stereotypically Human"

Works by Art majors at McDaniel College are highlighted in the first of two capstone exhibitions, titled “I Am Who? This is Me.”

The exhibition runs Tuesday, April 2-Friday, April 19. An opening reception takes place Friday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

Students exhibiting their artwork include:

  • Jaii Dixon of Washington, D.C.
  • Jaay Dukes of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Emma Legacy of Deale, Maryland
  • Eleanor Martin of Arlington, Virginia
  • Emma Miller of Ellicott City, Maryland
  • James Murray III of Severn, Maryland
  • Nia Roberts of Frederick, Maryland
  • Alison Weinberger of Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Andrew Zaukus of Pasadena, Maryland

The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. The Esther Prangley Rice Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday noon-5 p.m. Call 410-857-2595 for more information.

About the Artists:

Jaii Dixon

Jaii Dixon Junior Art Major

Jaii Dixon works in multimedia, including digital, photography, and painting. 

Dixon said, "I am an artist who gets inspired by the ever­changing things that happen around me. In my designs, I am capturing moments in my life from my point of view, which allows me to offer a unique perspective to each project that I do. I strive to create eye­-catching and impactful designs that can sometimes challenge the viewers perception. With every piece, I hope to push the boundaries of my work and leave a long-lasting impression on my audience."

Pictured: "Graduation" 

Jaay Dukes

Jaay Dukes Senior Art and Psychology Major

Jaay Dukes uses wire, yarn, India ink, and charcoal in a variety of media, including digital art, photography, and abstract lenticular art. 

"Art for me is the expression of my innermost feelings and experiences, transcending literal representation to invite individual interpretation and enjoyment," said Dukes. "By challenging biases and manipulating context, materials, and appearance, I aim to reveal the intricate interplay between individual experiences and societal norms, prompting a reevaluation of our understanding and interpretation of the world around us."

Pictured: "Multi-View," digital art through Procreate


Emma Legacy Beach

Emma Legacy Senior Art Major

Emma Legacy gravitated to graphic design in college and uses programs, such as Procreate and Adobe, to bring her photos of landscapes to life using technology.

Legacy said, "Being a dual-sport athlete, I am very busy. I got to travel all over the East Coast playing sports, so I would take the most amazing pictures of different landscapes. I love to capture beautiful places that have meant something to me. It's truly a wondrous and awe-inspiring experience to witness nature's artistry in motion."

Pictured: "The Ocean City Beaches”


Eleanor Martin Senior Art Major

Emma Miller Capstone

Emma Miller Senior Art-Communication Major

Emma Miller combines being an athlete and artist into her digital artwork. 

She said, "Through this work, I aim to bring the inner thoughts of athletes to life through digital art. The goal in combining a digital painting imitation of a picture and the use of actual images was to make the statements feel more personal... The good, the bad, the frustrating, and the celebratory, thus creating a window into all of the different emotions that can come from playing a sport."

Pictured: Part of the “The Love and Hate of Sports” series

James Murray III Senior Art Major

James Murray III uses his work to share his experiences with being colorblind and having ADHD. 

"My goal is to purposely confuse people so they can kind of see how I see when I look at things in everyday life," he said.

Nia Roberts

Nia Roberts Senior Art-Communication Major

Nia Roberts documents what it is like growing up as an only child through a series of edited photos and digital drawings. 

"Being an only child is an interesting way to grow up. Sometimes you’re lonely, and other times you’re invested in so many activities that you don’t have time to sit down. Your accomplishments are always highlighted and praised, and getting what you want is almost always a given," said Roberts.

Pictured: "Ultimate Singleton"

Alison Weinberger Mind Puzzle

Alison Weinberger Senior Art Major

Alison Weinberger's artwork takes a critical view on learning differences through dyslexia. Her designs are created with Adobe programs, primarily Illustrator and Procreate. 

"Through my pieces, I wanted to capture what I see as someone with dyslexia and how my brain reads words differently," she said.

Pictured: Mind puzzle book created with Adobe InDesign

Andrew Zaukus Capstone Ex

Andrew Zaukus Senior Art Major

Andrew Zaukus works in graphic design, as well as web design and photography, and several of his projects have been geared towards raising awareness for the community.

"They all bring attention to the fact there is a group of people supporting others in everything," he said. "My vision for this project is to look at the aspects of community in each one of those projects. I’ve become fascinated by how important being part of a group or a community is."

Pictured: Visual identity for Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Additional information:

  • Requests for ASL interpreters are welcome and should be made as soon as possible (two weeks prior to the event preferred) by contacting the specific event organizer. Other accommodation requests and questions can be directed to Conference Services at 410-857-2407.
  • Visitors are asked to adhere to all health and safety policies and regulations in effect at the time of the event.