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Senior Art Exhibitions 2016
Start Date: 4/30/2016Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 4/30/2016End Time: 5:00 PM
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Event Description:
The List Gallery Presents the 2016 Senior Thesis Exhibition Series

The List Gallery at Swarthmore College is pleased to present a series of senior thesis exhibitions by graduating art majors. Varying in media from functional ceramics and light sculptures to paintings, prints, drawings, architectural studies, and collages, these exhibitions represent the capstone of each student’s course of study at Swarthmore.

In September, senior art majors are provided with their own studio space in Beardsley Hall. Work independently and exchanging feedback as a group, students develop a thematically and conceptually focused body of work. Installing their work in the List Gallery under the guidance of List Gallery Director Andrea Packard, students select and arrange their artworks in a way that broadens the analytical and compositional skills gained in the studio. This year’s seniors include Elizabeth Upton, Jena Gilbert-Merrill, Emma Kates-Shaw, Kelsey Rico, Nikhil Paladugu, Jeremy Chang, Ethan Lee, Estefania Brambila-Olmedo, and Wani Qiu.

Throughout the past year, these dedicated seniors have received feedback from all Studio Art faculty members and focused mentoring from Randall Exon, Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Professor of Studio Art.

Hours: Thursdays, Noon–6 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays, Noon–5 p.m. - Closed Mondays
Opening receptions will take place each Thursday, 4-6 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public. The Senior Thesis Series is made possible by the Ann Trimble Warren ’38 Exhibit Endowment.

Exhibition Schedule:

April 14—17
Elizabeth Upton, Paintings


Elizabeth Upton's work explores the lines between abstraction and realistic landscapes. She experiments with paint application, proportion, and the use of the horizon line in her paintings.

April 21—24
Jena Gilbert-Merrill, Ceramics

Jena Gilbert-Merrill experiments with form and shape as a way of investigating negative and positive space. She takes inspiration from natural forms and materials, minimalism, and color field painting.

Emma Kates-Shaw, Mixed media
Emma Kates-Shaw ‘s work explores natural imagery derived from flora in the Swarthmore area as well as landscapes she has traveled to. She emphasizes strong color and shape relationships.

April 28—May 1
Kelsey Rico, Mixed media 

Kelsey Rico’s work is influenced by architectural principles of light and surface. She also takes inspiration from the nature of the materials she uses.

May 5—8
Nikhil Paladugu, Ceramics

Nikhil Paladugu uses the sleek qualities inherent to the slip casting process to explore the formal elements of repetition and symmetry. His vase forms are specifically influenced by patterns found in wood and more broadly related to his interest in curvilinear forms and biology.

Jeremy Chang, Paintings
Jeremy Chang’s work integrates aesthetic cues ranging from early-modern Japanese art to contemporary abstract painting. He is broadly interested in the optical interactions between form and thin veils of color.

May 12—15
Ethan Lee, Mixed media

Ethan Lee's studies in structural engineering inspired his vertical sculptures and two-dimensional art in which he explores the interaction of line, plane, and volume. Positive and negative spaces in complex geometric forms are articulated in a variety of materials and scales to understand the nature of representation, materiality, and construction.

Estefania Brambila-Olmedo, Paintings
Estefania Brambila-Olmedo is interested in the interrelationship between pictorial structure, spatial illusion, and color relationships. She derives inspiration from natural landscapes, figure studies, and geometric abstractions. 

May 19—22 (Honors thesis installation)
Wani Qiu, Paintings 

Wani Qiu's work reflects her interest in light as well as the positive and negative spaces it creates. She is inspired by everyday objects, their texture and forms, and structural elements.

Nikhil Paladugu, Ceramics
Nikhil Paladugu uses the sleek qualities inherent to the slip casting process to explore the formal elements of repetition and symmetry. His vase forms are specifically influenced by patterns found in wood and more broadly related to his interest in curvilinear forms and biology.


Contact Information:
Name: Betsy Hinsey
Phone: 610-328-7811
Email: ehinsey@swarthmore.edu
pictures of 2016 Senior Art Students
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