Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University Presents ISM: BFA Senior Studio Exhibition Fall 2015
The Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University presents ISM, the Fall 2015 BFA Senior Studio Exhibition. The exhibition is on view from November 30-December 11, 2015. ‘ISM’ is a suffix added at the end of a word to indicate specific practices, systems, or philosophies. This exhibit represents the beliefs or ideas that the Bachelor of Fine Art students are interested in or passionate about. Each student artist showcases an ‘ISM’ she or he explored throughout her or his final undergraduate school year using a wide variety of media that includes ceramics, painting, photography, pen and ink, wood, fiber, mixed media, and installation. The ISMs comprise of neoconcretISM, eco-feminISM, humanISM, anthropomorphISM, neo-millenialISM, synergISM, individualISM, volunteerISM, feminISM, anthropotheISM, and multidimensionalISM. Viewing the eclectic mix of themes will intrigue your senses and leave you pondering about the ‘ISM’ present in your life.
The gallery is pleased to present work by the following artists: Chelsea Marqueda, Danielle Mulvihill, Elizabeth Shanahan, Kristin Fesenmeyer, Lauren Roquemore, Maggie Flanigan, Molly Rowland, Samantha Anderson, Shannon Brown, Bri Johnson, and William Seal. For the past year the artists have been working with Joshua White, an assistant professor at Appalachian State University.
About the Artists
- Chelsea Marqueda
Chelsea Marqueda (also on view at the Nth Gallery) is a mixed media artist who is investigating the sculptural potential of fibers media. She has been working with integrating Arduino microcontrollers with her soft sculptures to create works that are mobile and encourage audience involvement. The individual pieces that contribute the overall installation atmosphere are influenced by ideas of neoteny, play, and exploration. Marqueda was born in Greenville, SC in 1992 and attended the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities, a residential arts high school, where she concentrated in printmaking. She has exhibited locally in Boone at several different galleries including: 3rd Place, Nth Degree Gallery, and the Turchin Center.
- Danielle Mulvihill
Danielle Mulvihill was born in the small town of Merrillville, Indiana and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Raleigh is at the center of medical and technological advancements, but it is also the center of increasing debates about education, and distribution of wealth. Growing up in one of the technological hubs of the United States was foundational to Danielle’s understanding of the negative effects of urban sprawl on people and the environment. She witnessed forests destroyed to make room for business centers and apartments, the degradation of local water sources due to pollution and overconsumption, impoverished families forced to move from ancestral land to make room for shopping centers, along with systemic racism demonstrated through housing loans that favored white families over families of color, and finally the redistricting of schools as a way to re-segregate educational centers. This has led her to explore subjects such as globalization, feminism, environmental racism, and how her privilege as a white female intersects with these issues. Danielle explores these issues through her work as a ceramic artist. She currently works out of Boone, North Carolina and her ceramic sculptures have been shown at several galleries in the region.
- Elizabeth Shanahan
Elizabeth Shanahan is an artist living and working in Western North Carolina, known primarily for her built-surface lyrical paintings. She deals with issues of personhood, timelessness, and decay. Shanahan has shown work in venues in North Carolina, New York City, and Paris, most recently at a reception at the Musée Louvre.
- Kristin Fesenmeyer
Kristin Fesenmeyer was raised in Connecticut and now resides in Boone, North Carolina with her cat Spaghetti. She uses themes of nature to explore the relationship between humans, animals, the earth and the universe through small-scale line drawings that range from light and whimsical, to humorous and grotesque.
- Lauren Roquemore
Lauren Roquemore is an artist living in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Lauren’s paintings are large-scale, and communicate the subjectivity of the human memory and human experience. She participated in numerous shows in Boone and surrounding cities while working as an exhibition assistant at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. She currently works as a gallery associate at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville, NC.
- Maggie Flanigan
Maggie Flanigan (also on view at the Nth Gallery) is a photographic artist working with ideas of human interaction and connections through analog processes. Primarily using portraiture, Maggie is interested in the ways in which we interact with one another and how that affects our personalities. Her work has been shown locally and regionally in western North Carolina as well as published nationally. Upon graduation, Maggie hopes to further her education by completing her MFA in Photography, adding these new experiences and relationships as she goes.
- Molly Rowland
Molly Rowland was born in Concord, NC, and currently lives in Boone, NC. A figurative artist, her body of work is composed of many media but her main focus is sculptural clay works. A common theme of her work is identity, expression, and human emotion. She has exhibited her work locally and has painted a large-scale mural in her hometown.
- Samantha Anderson
Samantha Anderson was born in Maryland and raised in Richmond, VA. She started out mainly focused on clay, but strived to expand beyond that medium. After three years of study, Samantha’s passion for traveling took hold and she needed a taste of art in the land of the classics. She moved to Italy for a semester abroad where she studied marble carving along with her ceramics and metal casting. She had the chance to study the masters and travel to see their works, while also having an international show with her fellow students. After the program, Anderson continued her learning experience by traveling even more, where she found her love for food and her compassion for people who couldn’t afford it. Upon arrival back in the US, Samantha realized her ability to help others. She is currently using small acts of kindness to help bring her community together to help feed those who can’t afford to feed themselves. She lives and works in Boone, NC.
- Shannon Brown
Shannon Brown uses ceramics to create an environment in which interaction with her work forces viewers to explore ideas of social and cultural oppression, including the unspoken physical and mental abuse that women experience. Her work has been shown throughout western North Carolina, in galleries as well as craft shows.
- Bri Johnson
Bri Johnson is an artist currently living in Boone, NC. Her main focus is painting, but she also loves creating detailed wood burnings and ink drawings. Bri’s work has been displayed in galleries in Raleigh, NC, as well as in Boone. Her work tends to center around human connections; both with nature and each other. The male/female dynamic fascinates her, and her most recent work reverses the typical relationship roles that society has created. It is clear in her work that she is zealous about female empowerment. Acrylic paint is her primary medium, but she also loves to use micron pens to tighten her work. Bri like to use bright, out of the tube colors contrasted with dark hues to make her figures pop.
- William Seal
William Seal (also on view at the Looking Glass Gallery) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the idea of proprioception, or the bodies understanding of its place in space. Through the use of large-scale installations, he builds environments to engage the viewer. He lives and works in Boone, NC.
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