Seniors deliver ‘exquisite’ show
BY KELLY PAHL
Lately, Salisbury University has been covered in posters that
display Warhol’s “Marilyn” head, Michelangelo’s “David” torso and Botticelli’s
“Birth of Venus” lower half. These posters are for the Forty-Fifth Biannual
Senior Art Show.
The graduating seniors were inspired by the ‘exquisite
corpse’ technique of producing art for their theme. This process takes pieces
from the works of multiple artists who design a section to make one ‘exquisite’
composition. This idea comes together in the Fulton Gallery. All the graduating
senior art students, both B.A. and B.F.A., have collaborated to harmoniously
unify each of their tracks into one gallery show. “I like how once the work is
hung, certain themes come forth,” said art professor Edward Brown. “…how you can
have students working in different studios, media and styles and yet have work
that goes together so well?” Tracks represented in the show include painting,
drawing, photography, glass, ceramics, two-dimensional studio, graphic design
The graduating seniors have met every Tuesday night this
semester to discuss and debate theme, budget, reception, setup, portfolio and
countless other details to make this show a success. Brown has worked as
mediator, advisor and curator of the group to help the seniors transform all the
planning into a tangible show. “I am impressed with the amount of work students
did to get ready for the show,” Brown said. “I know of some who only got a few
hours of sleep working late at night to get ready and redo their work to make it
After some outside criticism, late hours in the gallery and helpful input from
gallery director Elizabeth Kauffman, the senior exhibition crew came together to
open the show on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The show will run until Friday, Dec. 2 in Fulton Gallery with
a closing Presidential Award Reception from 6-8 p.m. Refreshments will be
provided and many works will be for sale.
After the show, B.F.A. students will bring in additional pieces from their
portfolio to display in the gallery.
**This article was originally published in The Salisbury University Flyer,
Vol. 39, Issue 11 (November 22, 2011).