Our growth in the Visual and Performing Arts Department continues to move at an exciting and rapid pace. Last spring we ended the 2012 semester with our largest BFA graduating class since the degree began in 2009. The senior Thesis Show was an exhibition in our newly renovated gallery space located in Kenrick Hall basement now called; Gallery B. There were nine students graduating with a BFA in various concentrations in art and two students receiving an art minor. Of those students graduating four were accepted into graduate programs (Bridget Fowler, Michelle Fair, Valerie Mills, and Dorian Durr Mister). Two other students; Justin McConnaughhay and Jayme McKeever, are working as Graphic Designers for local businesses. We look forward to hearing about the successes of our others graduates.
In the spring of 2012 the Art Club joined forces with the Honors Club to create the first campus wide art piece. The project was called “Art Break” and it gave students a chance to take a break from their studies for a few hours to create one collective and cohesive piece of art. We hope to find a place to show case this painting soon so that everyone can enjoy seeing the painting as much as we enjoyed making it.
During the summer our students continued to make art while giving back to the community through their work. Two of our seniors worked as interns at St. Jude’s ALSAC offices as graphic designers.
We also welcomed our newest edition to the Art Department. Mia Aurelia Pena, born on June 12th to Assistant Professor Nick Pena and his wife Catherine Pena.
On October 5th, 2012 the art students opened the first exhibition of the academic year in the new Gallery B. Exhibiting in this space will be returning alumni’s work as well as recent work of current CBU students.
Assistant Professor Matthew Hamner’s theatre students are currently working on the fall and spring productions. For the fall they will present a series of one act plays and then we look forward to the spring production of “Private Eyes”; he and his Theatre Production Workshop students are building audience risers for the production.