While many students these past ten weeks have been working on homework, midterms and trying to stay awake in lecture, 26 art seniors have been preparing their culminating project which will allow them to walk this December.
These students have put together their Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, which will occupy three of Boise State’s galleries: the SUB gallery, the Hemingway gallery and the Liberal Arts gallery.
“We’ve worked our entire university college career working toward this show so it’s kind of like a pre-graduation you could say,” said Liz Flores, senior photography major. “Instead of writing a paper we actually display work and we work all semester to do so.”
Students of Art 490 have produced a variety of work with mediums of 3D printing and sculpture, painting, photography, graphic design, illustration and even some mixed media work to be displayed Nov. 9 through Dec. 13. The opening receptions will be held Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. and span across the galleries.
“These are people that are going to be out in the world making art and having shows,” said Erika Sather-Smith, senior print making major. “It’s basically like a chance to do something to get people’s attention I think.”
Due to the large number of graduating BFA seniors, two classes had to be offered to allow these students to graduate on time. While the receptions are on one day, the exhibitions are considered separate and have two titles: White Whale (students of art instructor Kirsten Furlong) and Ci-pher (students of fine arts manager Holly Gilchrist).
White Whale (think Moby Dick) embodies the idea “students are searching/chasing after something in their work,” Mary Chapman, senior illustration major said. According to Gilchrist, the word Ci-pher speaks to both the closure this exhibition provides students but also the opportunity for new beginnings.
“I think the art department here at Boise State is producing some really talented individuals and the university really needs to be proud of that fact,” Gilchrist said. “There’s a lot of students that have graduated from this program that have gone on and established a wholesome career in the arts in some capacity and so I’m super excited to see what these individuals are going to do with all of the tools that they’ve gained while they’ve been students here.”
Overall, students said they are looking forward to this opportunity to display their work to students and faculty, community members, graduate school representatives and even potential employers. With this class, students have learned not only how to display their work for an exhibition in a gallery, but also other professional skills for an artist: creating a resume, promoting their work with advertising, defending their work to a panel, and more.
“I’m excited for the event itself,” Anthony Emerson, senior illustration major said. “It’s not my first show, but it’s my first show that I’m really excited about. I feel like I’ve done three senior projects here, but this is it. And that’s probably where most of it comes from. I’m graduating this semester, no ifs ands or buts about it. This is it. My work is done and once the show is over I just have to wait until December to walk. It’s a pretty good feeling.”
This reception is free and open to the public, with small snacks being provided. For location information, go to the visual arts Facebook page.