The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Education

April 13, 2013

Open Studio exhibition features artwork of graduating seniors

ANDERSON, Ind. — “Open Studio” signals both an ending and a beginning.

As the Senior Art + Design Exhibition of nine graduating Anderson University seniors, the diverse collection culminates years of academic study, and signals the launch of a new life for each artist.

“Open Studio” is on exhibit now through May 10 at the Jessie C. Wilson Galleries on the Anderson campus.

The works of Yhareli Chamboneth, Erika Chaney, Stephanie Cochran, Maggie Durbin, Candice Huntsman Kimmi Klotz, Fred Learey, Nathan Schwecke, Melissa Strich, make a diverse display of creativity. The artists not only produced the works for the exhibit, they planned, promoted and hung the show under the direction of adjunct professor Tai Lipan, director of the Jessie C. Wilson Galleries.

“They worked really well together concepting the show,” said Lipan, of the show that embraces design, 3D installations, paintings and digital works. “It looks good.”

“They’ve done a great job,” agreed department chair and professor of art Kevin Rudynski. He noted that the show “reflects the individual interests and commitments of the students.”  At the same time, the students designed a show that integrates those diverse pursuits and media.

“I’m excited about it,” said exhibiting artist Melissa Strich. “It’s a really cool thing that we have this huge mix.”

Strich’s contributions to the Open Studio Exhibition showcase her graphic design focus.

“We study a lot of graphics and typography and design methods.  ... We take something ordinary and make it look fantastic,” said Strich of her studies in the Visual Communication Design concentration. “In the show, I have three wedding suites I’ve designed, and letterpress printed all of them.”

She noted that the materials are much higher quality as well as more representative of the wedding couples themselves than could be purchased cheaply through an online source.  

Strich originally hails from Indianapolis. She’ll be looking for employment ideally in a print shop or in stationery design.

Maggie Durbin brings an entirely differently flavor to the exhibition.

“I am a fine art painter mostly working in abstraction. Some would say I’m a colorist,” said Durbin. The artist uses both acrylics and oils to achieve her color and textural goals.

“Mainly, I’m exploring a personal narrative… Painting for me is the closest to prayer.” She observes that her art is “definitely a very meditative kind of process.”

Upon graduation, Maggie will return to her home town of Hamilton, Ohio, also known as a city of sculpture. She’ll be working there while pursuing her art career.

Students to discuss works

Stephanie Cochran is a 3-D sculptor who works in glass. Look for her insects in the exhibit.

“They have other meanings than the obvious,” said Cochran. In her art, she uses insects as metaphors for social subjects, ecological issues or personal history.

Cochran, 50, landed in the Art + Design program after a whole other career.

“I quit my job and sold our farm and moved here and just did it,” she said. “My family was behind it 100 percent.” Cochran will attend Ball State University for graduate work in sculpture and glass.

The other exhibitors similarly demonstrate their unique work through various media. Yhareli Chamboneth, from Panama, works in both print and digital media. Her exhibits include informational graphics describing statistical research about children of non-US citizens.

Erika Chaney, from Fortville, Ind., exhibits the fruits of her graphic design capabilities via materials developed for a local non-profit relative to children’s education.

Candice Huntsman, of St. Louis, Mo., works with collage and computer imagery in graphic design.

Kimmi Klotz, from Anderson, exhibits handmade greeting cards created through printmaking.

Fred Learey, from Indianapolis, developed and digitally created travel posters with a retro quality, inspired by his study travels abroad.

Nathan Schwecke, of Cincinnati, Ohio, designed and created “wayfinding” signage.

The artists will discuss their work and be available for questions during gallery talks on April 16 and 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Text Only
Local Education
  • NWS - HB0423 - Symphony for Kids - JC 31a.jpg Symphony for Kids draws Anderson-area students

    Nearly 1,000 fifth- and sixth-grade students attended the Anderson Symphony Orchestra's performance Tuesday during the annual Symphony for Kids concert at the Paramount Theatre.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Frankton school evacuated, no bomb found

    Students were back in classes at Frankton Jr./Sr. High School after a bomb threat forced an evacuation Tuesday morning. No explosive device was found.

    April 22, 2014

  • Students to get introduction to symphony Nearly 1,000 fifth- and sixth-grade Madison County students will be going to the Paramount Theatre Tuesday for the annual Symphony for Kids concert.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ellspermann, Susan Ellspermann to deliver AU commencement address Indiana Lt. Gov. Susan Ellspermann will address the Anderson University Class of 2014 during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 10.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA HB0421 Silent Movie 2 Acting without words

    Nineteen area students will take a walk down the red carpet Tuesday evening as their film projects premiere at the Paramount Theatre during the WRC Silent Film Festival.

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 2014 Debutante Cotillion participants

    The 11 participants in this year’s Debutante Cotillion Beautillion Militaire were asked a variety of questions, including their influences, words that describe themselves and favorite “words to live by.” The event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Madison Park Church of God, 6607 Providence Drive. Call Antoinette Davis at 620-2229 for tickets, which are $270 per table or $30 each.

    April 19, 2014

  • NWS-HB0419-IvyTech-JC2.JPG Work begins on new Ivy Tech facility

    Motorists driving on East 60th Street near Columbus Avenue will notice heavy machinery working in preparation for a new educational facility in Anderson.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Many schools see increases in IREAD scores More Madison County schools reported preliminary IREAD-3 test results Friday and, for the most part, officials were pleased with the results.

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0419 - Bicycle follow - JC 3 Highland staff, students donate more than $1,500 to help classmate's family

    Despite being a fresh face in the halls, students and staff honored Suncerria's memory this week raising more than $1,500 in cash donations and $300 in gift cards as well as a food basket to support her family through their grief.

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Liberty Christian makes changes to annual auction Liberty Christian School is upping the ante for its upcoming Duck-Tacular event. The school’s annual benefit auction is steering away from past forest themes to “Duck-Tacular,” a nod to the popular A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”

    April 18, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide