Ghostly, heavenly self-portraits, abandoned buildings captured at night, stop motion projection, an installation of transparencies: True talent and innovation is showcased in the photography room at the Department of Art’s Bachelor of Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition at Western Connecticut State University (WestConn), on display through May 6 at the Higgins Gallery. The gallery is open from noon to 4pm, Monday through Thursday, and also features the work of graphic design, studio art, and illustration graduates.
“No senior portfolio semester is the same,” said WestConn photography professor Catherine Vanaria. “This semester started out like most with many students nervous about what their final project would be. In previous years that nervousness prevented some from breaking out of their comfort zone and to not push their work forward. This semester was very different. What stands out the most to me is the bond this group of nine students had throughout the semester. Each student constructively offered input as portfolio ideas began to morph into final projects. With all the new media opportunities available, this group pushed the envelope of a traditional final portfolio exhibit with the addition of video, sculpture, and sound. Our exhibition space acts more like a well tuned installation rather than nine different portfolios on the wall. Each piece complements all others in the room. I couldn’t have asked for more, this exhibit is all theirs.”
The Higgins Gallery is located at 181 White Street in Danbury, Connecticut, room 101 in Higgins Hall. For more information on the exhibition, call Moira Kelly at (518)894-3755 or Lori Robeau at (203)837-8403.