Faux fur, glitter, shredded paper, spray paint and pokeberry juice were just a few of the materials used to create the artwork that can be seen at the Simon Gabriel Brute Student Art Exhibition in Delaplaine.
The exhibit opened on March 31 at 5 p.m. with a reception and awards ceremony for the artwork which was showcased. Many were present, including students and professors.
Emily O’Brocki, class of 2016, who loves art in itself, was there to observe the diverse talent of Mount students. She was also happy to support her friends who made pieces that were showcased in the art show.
Ted Vermuen was the juror, and chose which pieces made it into the exhibit and also chose winners in various categories such as painting, art on paper, and sculpture and mixed media.
Micaela Kowalski, class of 2016, won an honorable mention in the sculpture and mixed media category for her skirt created out of silk flowers. Kowalski created the piece as an appropriation, or a piece that references another artist.
Senior, Hunter Christensen won best in show for his piece made completely out of shredded paper. For his environmental art class, students were assigned to create art out of recycled pieces, so Christensen decided to dumpster dive for materials. He found bags of shredded paper, and he created his basilisk-like piece from there.
Elizabeth Holtry, professor of fine arts, made sure to point out that Christensen’s piece was not being held together by anything but itself.
Other winners included Kate Quinn, class of 2017, who has two paintings in the exhibit, and senior Abel Gonsalves, whose “glitter beard” piece won first in the sculpture and mixed media category.
Tim Schwemler, class of 2016, also has two pieces featured in the exhibit. Schemler is taking a mixed media class and had an assignment to create a piece using only paper, but making it so that it was not obviously recognizable as paper. Other pieces from this same assignment, including flowers made by senior Teressa Schuetz, can be found in the exhibit.
There are many more student-created pieces that can be viewed, including pieces by Sam Ruff, Victoria Barry, Connor Gruber, Sarah Myers, Brian Vogelgesang, Liam Lian and James Wolfe.
The Simon Gabriel Brute Student Art Exhibition is running until April 21 in the Williams Gallery in Delaplaine. Members of the Mount community are encouraged to visit the exhibit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.