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Emergence— B.F.A. Thesis Show Opens April 16

Emergence— B.F.A. Thesis Show Opens April 16

The Ohio University School of Art + Design hosts the undergraduate thesis exhibition Emergence, featuring the work of studio art majors, Citlali Elena, Jacob Dawkins, Jesus Sanchez, and Shalyn Greer, on view April 16–20, in the Trisolini Gallery, Baker Center, Athens, Ohio.

Opening Reception: Thursday April 18, from 6-8pm


Emergence includes the work of four students within the Painting + Drawing concentration in the School of Art + Design. 

Citlali Elena's work includes paintings of nude silhouetted figures and atmospheric blobs. Elena’s work looks to deconstruct Western ideals of beauty by providing the viewers with a space in which they can experience idealized unconventional bodies.

Jacob Dawkins’ work includes a series of black and white illustrations which have been screen printed onto handmade paper. These illustrations are paired with an installation designed to resemble a room from Dawkins’ childhood home. Together, they tackle childhood trauma, sexual abuse, and its impacts on the home.

Jesus Sanchez’s (Painting + Drawing) work features realistically painted characters set against fluorescent backgrounds. Through these colors, Sanchez creates polarity between his figures and their settings. This fluorescence becomes a symbol of cultural and political divide found in various parts of the world. The conglomerate figures in these pieces explore a search for harmony.

This show also features a variety of graphite drawings from Shalyn Greer, whose work brings a new surreal twist to the famed ‘seven deadly sins’. Greer illustrates each of these sins in subtle conjunction with numerous bible verses and lessons. The small, highly crafted details urge the viewer to confront the work and the judgement placed upon each sin while begging them to confront their own imperfections.

The School of Art + Design hosts an opening reception Thursday, April 18th at 6–8 p.m. in the Trisolini Gallery. The exhibition can be viewed in the Trisolini Gallery in Baker Center, 1 Park Place between April 16 - 20, with open gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

This College of Fine Arts event is made possible through support from Arts for OHIO.

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