Joshua Vincent, Calvin Wayne Ocasio, Beth Wolff, Danielle Hoke and Kelley Heneveld, senior art students at Anderson University, will display their art at the senior art show, "Paper.Color.Clay," in the Warner Press building, 1201 E 5th St., on Nov. 17.
The gallery will be open on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Senior thesis readings will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27. The show closes on Saturday, Dec. 15.
They describe the show through a narrative: "In the beginning, five individuals roamed the uncreated void. They cried out for a way to share what they learned in the chaos of life: to see, to respond, to value, to hope, to become community. One uses paper. Two share using color. And two more, clay. Together they form: Paper.Color.Clay."
The show is housed on the first floor of the Warner Press building. Heneveld said, "We built the gallery in a warehouse storage space to give it an industrial look."
Heneveld's work seeks out hope in the ordinary. "I am aware of a hurting world where tragedy strikes daily," she said. "I can best articulate my response to these tragedies and my understanding of hope through finding colors and details with the camera. In the senior show, I present these photographic explorations of hope. I call for others to see beauty in the ordinary and desire for this to spur them to change their world."
Hoke based her work around the symbol of a spiral. "I have come to identify with the spiral symbol, and it's never ending rotation. I use spirals in altered ceramic vessels to convey messages through implied movement. The message is that of my story: my growth from childhood to present day and the future."
Wolff said, "In a culture that values efficiency and tangible progress, it is easy to assume that addressing hurt and despair requires putting away the pleasures of life to serve others. I have long wrestled with whether making art is selfish or if it helps others. Slowly, I am discovering that there is value in doing what is enjoyable. Spending time creating clarifies reality and proclaims truth. I am learning how to live well. As people witness a revived life, I hope they find restoration for themselves. By constructing art that intentionally incorporates community, giving others opportunities to interact with what I understand as a better way of living."
Wolff's work extends beyond her own creations. She invites others to create and respond with her. "The mythical ceramic pitchers are personified to help the viewer connect and engage with the piece," she said. "I am asking viewers to write and post a narrative about the pieces as part of their response and their act of creating."
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.