"StaticGraphudio" - McDaniel College Senior Capstone Exhibition One

McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents "StaticGraphudio," the first of its two senior capstone exhibitions, April 21 through May 2 in the Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.  The show will feature art from students working in digital media and graphic design.  The artists’ reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 23, with a Gallery Talk beginning at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s show will feature work from Morganne Jurasko, Olivia Kunc, Kelsey Madison, Branden Muth, Amanda Owens, Steph Perez, Karlie Pickett, and Brittney Stegmann.

Using board games and symbolism, Morganne Jurasko has chosen to focus her work on representing certain people in her life.  “Each piece is a replica of a game or childhood pastime that evokes a certain memory about the person, and invites the viewer to interact with the work to understand who the person is and how they have impacted my life.  Game titles and rules are changed to represent the person and life value learned from the person, as well as game pieces and images that correspond to the originals,” she says.

“My artwork focuses on the individuality of a person,” states Olivia Kunc.  “I use my artwork as an inside look at my life and to things people may not know or expect.  My use of mirrors as a canvas plays an important role in the viewers experience by allowing the viewer to see their reflection as a part of the artwork.  But the reflection is never whole; the coverage of the mirror presents an obscure and ambiguous view of my individuality.”

Graphic artist Branden Muth has created pieces inspired by his love of graffiti/street art and surfing.  “For this show I am focused on branding myself as a designer and want to share the creativity that has come from my education in graphics at McDaniel.  I want people to see that graphic design can be just as creative and artistic as any other kind of art.” 

Amanda Owens says her artwork “conceptualizes mathematical ideas, ranging from theorems to math problems and even to simple mathematical properties.”  Working with acrylic on wood panel, she leaves “open spaces within the composition for the natural wood grain to show through and contrast with the geometric components of the painted areas.”

A long time gamer, Steph Perez says her work illustrates her “embrace of this virtual identity immersed in the vibrant world of video games.  As cornerstones in my life, the presence of video games can be traced back to my infancy with its indelible imprint evident throughout my growth.  My ultimate mission is to engage the creative power of video games on the mind and its transcendence into life.”

The concept of introverts has played a large role in Karlie Pickett’s life and art.  "Growing up, I took the Meyers Briggs tests, the personality analysis quizzes, and was consciously and subconsciously taught that the quiet kids were introverts and the loud kids were extroverts,” she says.  “And I couldn’t understand the methods used to subcategorize a person based on whether or not they like to talk or how loud they are in a group.  I refused to believe that people were one or the other… because I knew that I definitely wasn’t.  Introversion and extroversion is not a black or white subject and the older I got the more I realized that most people have characteristics of both—though some people’s ratios are more extreme than others.  So it was with that concept in mind that I created ‘Recharge,’ a play on stereotypes.  This collection includes works relating to the ‘typical’ introvert and the ‘typical’ extrovert, but also covers the broad middle ground…challenging you to redefine how you and the world categorize yourself and others around you."

“My interest in drawing and painting turned into digital design in my early college career,” notes Brittney Stegmann.  “Simplicity, clarity, and boldness are the most significant elements I employ in catching the clients' attention.  Creating a digital design is something you can always keep adding to and editing, allowing room for continuous creativity and ideas.”

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 pm - 4 pm; Thursday: 12 pm – 8 pm; and Saturday: 12 pm – 5 pm.  For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.

Requests for interpreters are welcome and can be made up to one week prior to the event by contacting interpreting Other accommodation requests can be directed to Conference Services at 410-857-2212.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Peterson Hall, The Rice Gallery

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