Paint, glass and ceramic featured at senior exhibit

May 09, 2004

Centre College senior art majors will present an art exhibit titled "5" Tuesday through May 23 at the AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center on the Centre campus.

The five exhibiting artists are: Lisa D. Brown, Augustine Chapin, Dawn Driskell, Nicholas Holmes and Kelly Mason. The exhibit will feature paintings, ceramics and art glass.

The artists approach their artwork in a unique way. Mason says, "I'm interested in art as a therapeutic process."

Brown, who studies in the glass studio with Stephen Rolfe Powell, says, "I approach my work with a sense of experimentation and ease - just playing around until I find an idea I would like to develop. After that, it's just working towards that idea over and over.

"I've found glassblowing to be a very physically demanding art, and before I started in it I wasn't used to 'doing art' in a set block of time, making pieces practically from start to finish within that time."


The show is the culmination of the study of studio art at Centre. Says senior Holmes, "I am grateful for the close relationships that I have developed with the art professors at Centre. I counted it up the other day, and I have taken seven semesters of art instruction with Sheldon Tapley. Someone might view this as limiting, but because Professor Tapley is fluent in the language of the abstract and the classical, it has been an intimate path of constant rediscovery."

Driskell, who studies ceramics with Judith Pointer Jia, notes, "I think that the best thing about the art program at Centre is the atmosphere. The professors are not only great artists, but are knowledgeable and approachable people.

"With the small town/small college atmosphere at Centre, you also have a great class dynamic. You know the people you see in the studio and what kind of work they do. It's great to be able to share ideas and techniques with your peers. In the Centre art program, you don't feel like you're just one of the crowd. Everyone knows your face, your name, your work - and that's encouraging."

A public reception for the artists will be held on 4-6 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit will also be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 23.

For more information on the exhibit, call (859) 238-5469.

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