Graduation: Seniors present final art show before graduating

Five studio art majors are displaying their artwork before a TCU audience for the last time before their December graduations. The Bachelor of Fine Arts Studio Art Senior Exhibition ends today after a week of showcasing a variety of projects.

Jennifer Dawson, a senior studio art major, said she was surprised by how many people came to the show.

“It was really exciting,” Dawson said. “We didn’t know how many people were going to show up.”

Dawson said the name of the exhibition, “Side Effects May Vary,” is only a hint about the diversity of the art show.

“We have five different students doing five different things,” she said. “We wanted to incorporate all our work together and not separate.”

Fellow senior and studio art major Genie Thompson had similar thoughts.

“Each person is different,” Thompson said. “We have two people emphasizing in photography, two in sculpture and one in printmaking. We’re all so different, and we thought the title of the show would represent people’s feelings as they walked through.”

Dawson said all the artists have been working on the pieces since the beginning of the semester, so finally releasing their artwork to the public is both exciting and nerve-racking.

“People jokingly said they were going to buy my work, but I take that as a compliment,” Dawson said.

Thompson said she agreed with Dawson.

“It’s a tough business,” Thompson said. “Every artist would love to get an offer because that’s not so common at a student show. Everyone’s been so busy we haven’t talked about it yet, but I think someone might have sold something.”

Gavin Morrison, curator of the university galleries, said he was impressed with the visitors’ interest in the artwork.

“We had a great group of people come to the opening,” he said. “It is a good opportunity not only for the art students but also for all current students to be able to see.”

Thompson and Dawson said they hope students take the opportunity to go to the show.

“We’ve got five studio art majors, and we’ve all worked our butts off to make a good show,” Dawson said.

Thompson said there are other reasons for going to the show, too.

“We have two sculpted performing pieces that actually change right in front of you,” Thompson said. “So if you don’t see them this week this may be the only time you can see them before they are destroyed.”

Morrison said the show lasts until at 4 p.m. but the Graphic Design senior exhibition show “Unleashed” will replace the studio art and open for the public Monday.