Graduating seniors have final art opening

The opening for the visual art department’s Senior Art Show was a night of celebration for exhibited visual art majors, who have spent weeks preparing for the event. Students were given their own space to display a variety of original artwork from graphic art to ceramics. The opening was held on Thursday, April 21, in the Contemporary Art Gallery on campus.

For graphic design senior Taylor Boudreaux, the show displayed his dedication to digital art. His wall included logos and other product designs made for class assignments or as part of his internship at Iamalwayshungry design studio in New Orleans.

“It’s pretty great,” said Boudreaux. “I mean, spending all this time working on it, you know, with four years of school, it’s great. It’s nice.”

Boudreaux was also quick to pass credit to his peers, pointing out the work of a fellow graphic design student.

“I would say Keith Hogan stands out because he talks about a lot of really interesting political statements and stuff that you usually don’t see in the show, so it’s really interesting,” said Boudreaux.

Along with digital design, such as logos and CD cover designs, Hogan’s focal piece in the show was his alphabet series, based on comic-book style art with political themes, which drew much attention from passers-by.

“Well this is kind of, basically, a format of the ABCs that you have in classrooms and applying that sort of lesson, or some of the things we don’t really think about when we think of America,” said Hogan. “We automatically think freedom, democracy, but there’s a bunch of other stuff that goes on that you don’t automatically think of. So it’s sort of, I guess, sort of a re-educating of the concepts of what it means to be American today.”

Hogan’s interest in current news and events inspired his printed creations, and he wishes for his art to be used to inform people to discuss the issues represented in his art.

“The news, I read too much of it,” said Hogan. “Doing this is a way for me to deal with it because it’s really stressful all the time. I wish I didn’t want to read the news, I’d probably be a lot happier. This is my way of sort of working it out in my head.”

Senior Jennifer Laiche also sided with Boudreaux on her feelings during the show.

“For me it’s an opportunity to show my work and see how it’s interpreted by an audience,” said Laiche. “It’s also a thrill to see what I’ve been working for such a long time come to fruition.”

Laiche used a more personal style in her artwork. Her display was comprised of three large-scale paintings with apparent sexual themes.

“My work is autobiographical,” said Laiche. “I’m drawing from past experience that I’ve had, and I’ve included a lot of text in my writing and so in that way it’s sort of like a journal, and reads as a journey.”

The senior show will be on display in the Contemporary Art Gallery until the end of the semester.