Everyone knows you can hear a symphony, but the Anderson University fine arts seniors have composed a visual symphony - a masterpiece of multi-media. Recently unvieled, the Senior Art and Design Exhibition is titled “Symphony in Sight.” And it’s truly amazing. Approximately 10 rooms on the fifth floor of the Union Building, located on Meridian Street in downtown Anderson, have been transformed into a professional gallery to showcase the students’ work. Every piece will draw a viewer in, whether it be an installation, painting or blown-glass vessel, and each provides a glimpse inside the artist’s mind [Photo: Anderson University senior Kate Crutsinger's blown glass hanging in crocheted wire titled "Clusters" is part of AU's Senior Art and Design Exhibition titled "Symphony in Sight."].
Some make very clear statements.
“Plastic Perception,” a digital output by Ashley Gehlhausen, is comprised of three very large prints of the face of Barbie. With a diary entry of Barbie speaking of the dangers of eating disorders hanging next to the prints as well as a printout of Barbie’s Facebook.com profile, the message is clear.
In another room, a large quilt made from used tea bags sewn together with cotton thread hangs before a second piece of three tiny matchboxes that boast a real butterfly and two empty chrysalis. To the left hangs a wooden box with tiny shelves displaying empty, cracked egg shells.
They may not look like art to some, but when seeing it up close, it is moving.
This year’s exhibit boasts 13 fantastic artists and they’ve been working since January to really pull it together.
“We’ve been working all year on our theses,” said Kelly Schlott, 22, whose media is glass. “We will also present our theses publicly this week.”
Thesis readings at Anderson University. “The thesis readings come in to play to allow viewers to ask questions and hear about our inspiration and thought process,” said Schlott.
The students have worked very hard and have been completely in charge of hanging the exhibit. “It’s been overwhelming and amazing,” said Schlott. “We’re doing a lot on our own.”
“It’s heightened our level of responsibility,” interjected Amy Thomas, 22, whose media is textile, adding she is happy the show is off-campus. “Having the exhibit here is a good way for the university to interact with the community.”
— Lynelle Miller is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana. Story and pictures reprinted with permission.
If you go...
What: Symphony in Sight, Anderson University Senior Art and Design Exhibition
When: Regular gallery hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 27
Where: 5th Floor of the Union Building, Meridian Street, downtown Anderson
Thesis readings: 6 to 8 p.m. April 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. April 10, in Decker 133, Anderson University
For more information about the art department, visit www.anderson.edu/academics/art-and-design/.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.