Senior Art Exhibit Featured at Farnham Through April 28

By Laura Wiersema ’18

If you want to see some of the best art work that Simpson seniors have produced, here’s your chance.

The Senior Art Exhibition is on display in Farnham Galleries until April 28. A reception for the students will be held at 5 p.m. that day. 

The nine students showing their art are: Ashley Burch, Mazie Burnside, Maria Claussen, Lucy DeBisschop, Hannah Jessen, Jazmine Johnson, Kaitlyn Louk, Ethan Pellegrino and Jessica Swenson.

During their time at Simpson, art students work to discover and develop their artistic style. The Senior Art Exhibition is their chance to debut that style to the world.

“I tell the students that they should create art as though they cannot stop,” said David Richmond, professor of art and director of Farnham Galleries.

Students are encouraged to create art that is a cohesive body they can choose from for the show. While it’s important for artists to explore different styles and methods, it’s crucial for them to pick one to stick to by which they can be identified, he said.

While showing their art and opening it up to criticism can be nerve-wracking, Professor Richmond said, it’s also necessary.

“Art is communication, and the communication is not complete until somebody sees and interrupts the artwork,” he said.

Every year, the senior art show seems to get better, according to the art professors. They find that to be true this year too.

“I think this is one of the best senior shows that we have had,” Richmond said.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Farnham Galleries are located on the Simpson College campus, third floor of Mary Berry Hall on C Street.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Weekend hours can be arranged by request.


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