Fall senior show opens Dec. 6 at Marion Art Gallery

Monday November 25, 2019Doug Osborne-Coy
poster for event
Kristin Johnson, a senior from Ashville, designed the poster for the fall senior show.

“Processus Imperium,” the fall senior show, opens Dec. 6 at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

On display through Dec. 12, the exhibition includes artwork by six graduating seniors. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The Marion Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Rockefeller Arts Center and is most easily accessed from the Symphony Circle side of the building.

The exhibition participants chose the title “Processus Imperium” because it is Latin for “process control,” which is defined as, “activities involved in ensuring a process is predictable, stable and consistently operating at the target level of performance with only normal variation.”

The participating artists are:

Adanna Akams, a Graphic Design major from Wheatley Heights, who uses computer software like Photoshop and Procreate to create digital portraits that emulate the techniques and brushwork of traditional paintings. The works have underlying themes surrounding underrepresented groups within society and the alternative subculture.

Anais Cantres, an Animation/Illustration and Drawing/Painting major from Bloomingburg, who is exhibiting two bodies of work that highlight her dual concentrations. The rotoscope animation “Transformations,” from her “Characterized Persona Series,” is about conflicts women continue to face in contemporary society and her portraits reflect those struggles using her own self-portrait. Her “Sleep Paralysis Series” revisits heighten moments when one experiences this sleep disorder. Her animations capture the emotional responses while her paintings express the horror.

Kai Ellsworth, a Sculpture major from Grand Island, said of his cast bronze figures, “Most of my figures are genderless and lack any form of identity. If you look closely the faces are like mannequins signifying disconnection and disempowerment in American society.” 

Kristin Johnson, a Graphic Design major from Ashville, uses her graphic designs skills to create a book that educates visitors about diabetes, a chronic disease that affects 10 percent of the U.S. population.

Katherine Williamson and Stephen Williamson, both Drawing/Painting and Sculpture majors from Elmira, are exhibiting artwork that features their dual concentrations. Katherine Williamson writes about the subject of her two and three-dimensional work, “There is something alluring about abandoned, seemingly forgotten places. The image of a neglected building carries with it metaphors for many human experiences.” She describes her miniature, three-dimensional abandoned houses as seemingly realistic, but takes a more expressive approach with the two-dimensional depictions, concentrating on color to create various moods. With his mixed media installation, Stephen Williamson explores and synthesizes concepts throughout philosophy that reflect his personal experiences with responsibility, pain and pleasure, and other moral and ethical considerations. 

“Processus Imperium” is supported by the Department of Visual Arts and New Media, The Fredonia College Foundation’s Cathy and Jesse Marion Endowment Fund and The Friends of Rockefeller Arts Center.

Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information or a group tour of the exhibition, contact gallery director Barbara Räcker at 673-4897 or via email.

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