Art students featured through "Calliope" senior show

Fri, 2008-11-21 15:29 -- univcomm
November 21, 2008

Harvey Bayliss and Adam Menchinger, art students at Anderson University, will display their work at the senior art show, “Calliope,” in the Wilson Galleries on the AU campus. The show is open Nov. 22 - Dec. 19 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bayliss and Menchinger will make senior presentations on Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m. in Wilson Gallery.

“Calliope” is designed to provide a very festive yet intimate atmosphere where the viewer is encouraged to sit on Menchinger’s furniture, and have a close experience with Bayliss’ small works on paper.

Bayliss’ pictures are composed for the viewer’s entertainment and designed for the viewer’s reconsideration. Bayliss wants the pictures to never settle to one concrete experience. This means the pictures are continuously transforming and changing content before the viewer’s eye. He hopes that as soon as the viewer reads the painting one way, another way of reading the painting presents itself to the viewer. His paintings are playful, and he hopes that the viewer has an enjoyable experience.

Menchinger designs furniture that is functional and beautiful with a focus on craftsmanship and concern for how the furniture will contribute to its environment. He is inspired by wood in its natural form and tries to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. He also designs furniture intended to be cheaply mass produced, hoping to make high quality furniture that is affordable. With a focus on functional furniture, he welcomes viewers to experience the craft of his objects through using them.

For more information contact the Anderson University Department of Art+Design at 765-641-4302.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 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 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.