The reception for the Experimental Space Exhibit in the University Gallery was held on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit itself is open to the public until Dec. 15.
The exhibit is entirely students’ work. The student artists in the exhibit are Lily Solgat, William Haboush, Howard Eagle, Gina Kearly, Elizabeth Makinen, Shelby Hatt, Nyesha Clark, Danielle Georgiou, Anna Slavin and Malory Kochanny.
Cardinal Photography Students Association (CPSA) and Virtual Reality Research Group (VR-Reg) were also involved in showcasing their members’ work.
University Art Gallery Coordinator Tisch M. Lewis wanted to create a blend of the very structured student showcase and the Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition. She wanted to be very hands off with this exhibit because she wanted the students to get the experience of having to map out and put together their own exhibits.
“The way I structured the exhibit is that I wanted to help the students learn practical skills,” Lewis said. “So if someone were to say, ‘Here’s a space in my business,’ or, ‘Here’s a space in a gallery. Do what you need to do in order to have the show,’ they would know what materials they would need, they would know that if I want it to look this way, I would have to do that, so it just makes it easier for them. To be able to have some of the knowledge in order to get it on the wall is as important as the creation itself.”
All of the artists had to create their exhibit, which gives them the practical skills that Lewis was speaking about.
William Haboush created an exhibition for his independent study on throwing ceramics, and he wanted to portray a fall theme with the use of the color brown.
Howard Eagle also spoke about the process of putting together his exhibit.
“I picked out the pictures, and then I thought about what exactly I wanted to do with the wall that I was given, and I realized that there was a lot of dead space, so I decided to make these shrines to get rid of a little bit of that dead space,” Eagle said. “Then there was dead space between these, so I decided to make it a little bit more interactive by having people go and cut chords for the god Ash, the god of cutting ties, or leave a gift for the goddess to add color to her life.”
Many of the artists seemed to find inspiration from their daily lives.
Lily Solgat also spoke about the main inspiration for her pieces.
“I just love photography, and my thing that I have is silhouettes,” Solgat said. “I love silhouettes, because there is a story behind each one, but you really don’t know, so you get to just make it yourself.”
Malory Kochanny agreed with all the other artists that the exhibit was truly beneficial to them.
“The student art gallery here is really beneficial because it is free for students,” Kochanny said. So it gives help to build up your resume because as an artist, you want to be able to have your work out there for people to see.”
Not only were the students given an opportunity, but two RSOs got involved in the exhibit as well. Kelley Gray represented VR-Reg.
Jacob Browning represented CPSA, and their exhibit showcased a few members’ photography.
“We are really about promoting experiences for photographers who have had some experience, as well as aspiring photographers,” Browning said.
Several students came to the student galleries. Jacob Steinacker, an exercise science freshman, enjoyed seeing other students’ artwork in a university gallery.
“It just gives me multiple perspectives,” Steinacker said. “Everyone’s artwork is different in every sense of the word, whether it be spiders or Egyptian. The best way to describe it is multiple perspectives.”