Senior art shows in April and May

Five senior studio art majors will display their visual art thesis projects in the Peter Paul Luce Gallery April 24 through May 4, with an opening reception to be held Sunday, April 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. Exhibiting students are Abby Schultz, Sam Arnold, Kat Korsmo, Nicholas Richards, and Charles McDonald Jr.

Schultz’s installation of spun human hair, waxed canvas, and acrylic adhesive hangings references the human body and explores how we comprehend and treat our visceral selves.

Arnold’s work is a collection of abstract expressionist paintings with a focus on the existence of human beings as part of the natural world. Driven by the rapid changes of the past few centuries, these works seek an understanding of our role in nature as it relates to life in the 21st century from a philosophical standpoint.

Korsmo has created an installation made of pen, pencil, paper, and items that resemble paper. It is about the (in)adequacy of words, forms, and art itself to express the conflicts of emotion, gender, loss, idealization, and ourselves.

Richards showcases a collection of digital collages displayed on posters and televisions, which expose the fundamental dissonance underlying most everyday situations. Each work is intended to contradict itself and break preconceived notions of what it means to be right, inspiring thought instead of doctrines.

McDonald Jr. will share performance art reflexive of self portraits and situations encountered by today’s youth. His performance will be a musical and theatrical expression through dance.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays.