The Dishman Art Museum will host “From Where I Stand,” the fall senior art thesis exhibition, Dec. 2 through Dec. 18. The exhibit is the culmination of 11 Lamar University art students’ senior thesis work.
“The exhibition is called ‘From Where I Stand’ because each student’s thesis gives a different perspective on life,” Amanda Prince, Groves senior, said.
The senior thesis exhibition is the final requirement of art majors before being awarded the bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art or graphic design. The students are required to create a body of work based on a project idea that they have initiated.
“They’re passionate about their individual projects,” Rebecca Seidenberger, Beaumont senior, said. “They didn’t just do what would be good for their degree, but what they loved.”
Of the 11 students whose art will be on display, eight are graphic artists, two are photographers and one is a sculptor.
“There will be a variety of art in the show including sculpture, apparel, packaging, magazine and book design, websites, digital assets, and even a board game,” Prince said.
Jazmine Celestine, Beaumont senior, said that the wide variety of art reflects the artists as individuals.
“Everyone’s work is so diverse,” she said. “You’re going to see a lot of personalities in one room.”
All three students are graphic design majors.
“I have apparel, tote bags, packaging, a promotional video, a website and social media assets displayed in the exhibit as part of the creation of a non-profit organization that fights poverty in America called Agape,” Prince said.
Seidenberger said that the graphic art featured in the exhibit shows the diversity of the medium.
“Everyone’s piece challenges what you expect from graphic designers,” she said.
Celestine said that she hopes the wide array of art will encourage other students.
“I hope it inspires other graphic designers to think outside of the normal graphic design box,” she said. “You can do anything with a graphic design degree. You’re not just limited to business cards and billboards.”
Prince Thomas, LU professor of photography, said that the exhibition is an opportunity for people to appreciate the graduating art majors’ work, and to mark the beginning of the students’ careers.
“The thesis exhibition is a great party where new artists are introduced to the Beaumont community, where they will be active professionals in the future,” he said. “It is a time for all to come together to celebrate the achievements and hard work of our students.”
Amanda Prince said she hopes for a good turnout for the opening reception, Dec. 2.
“The Lamar community should come to the exhibition to enjoy the creative work that these students have worked all semester producing,” she said.
A free opening reception is Friday, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Dishman Art Museum.
For more information, call the Dishman Art Museum at 880-8959.
UP staff writer