Once a year in the spring at the University of Dallas, the junior art majors come together and contribute to a show of their own, the Junior Preview Exhibition.
Each participating artist displays the direction they are taking for senior projects through a few pieces that characterize their styles.
Jack Schaffer, a printmaking major, described the exhibition as “learning how to put on a show, with the help of professors and grad students.”
The juniors become more independent in the process of art and putting on a show, from the creation of their unique work to its installation, while also working together and collaborating with their fellow artists.
Business major Harry Parlette, an artist interested in pursuing architecture, created wooden sculptures in various geometric shapes, some grounded and one hanging.
“I like experimenting with shapes,” he said. “I think it would be interesting to combine curvilinear shapes with structure.”
BreAnn Brunelle, who is on track to graduate as a printmaking major, featured two prints of colorfully represented front doors.
“I’m interested in the tension and unknowing in ordinary scenes,” Brunelle said.
One print, “Study and Stars” by Anna Rita Ouyang, portrayed two figures sitting together in contrasting colors. One figure seems anxious as he reads, while the other is contently gazing through star-shaped shades.
“I really liked the imagery,” said Dalayna Marji, a sophomore who came to support the show. “It’s a very mature topic that’s being communicated through childlike imagery. I like the juxtaposition. It’s a reference to the fact that these are questions that follow you your whole life.”
“I often find myself in class unable to draw anything but squiggly lines,” sophomore Kieran Teh said after viewing Parlette’s wooden sculptures. “This was a very masterful way to put squiggly lines in my face, and I think it was well done.”
Junior Caleb Marshall created two pieces with wood and canvas, with one also including marble. He set up his larger piece on the floor of the gallery for the first time in preparation for the exhibition. The two wooden pieces were built in the shop, and materials were carried up to the gallery and installed before the art show.
“The nature of [the piece] will be different every time,” Marshall said. “I’m working in narrative artwork.”Each part of the piece can be equated to chapters of a book, telling a story through the variation in installation.
This show is only the beginning of a journey for the junior art majors that culminates in their senior exhibitions. Whether collaborating with other artists or putting on their own individual shows, they will be ready to express their work to the world.