Senior Art Exhibit Showcases Graduating Talent
by Ethan Horst
Grace hosted its senior art show on March 24, giving students a chance to present the work they have done during their college career. The artwork will continue to be displayed until April 20, so students still have a chance to experience the work of their peers.
Meet Keri Koenig. This third-year senior has always been into art, and grew up with a closet full of markers and art supplies because of her parents’ and friends’ support. She particularly enjoys working with pencils and colored pencils, but discovered a love for painting, and watercolor in particular, at Grace.
Her classes at Grace gave her the chance to work with friends in the art department, and bounce ideas off each other so they could complete the open-ended assignments. Her personal style is very structured, creating layers of meaning and of art itself. While she strives for realism, she also enjoys cartooning. She thinks that projects with deep meaning are the hardest to create because they are the most vulnerable for the artist.
After college, Koenig would enjoy creating comics or storybooks for children, doing both the writing and the illustration. However, her next step depends on the opportunities that present themselves and the people that she can network with.
Katlyn Knuver also has a long history with art. Her mother was an elementary art teacher, and Knuver describes her as a “brave mom” who would bring out paper-mâché and encourage her to make something. She also enjoys working with water color, but favors oil paints as well.
One of the biggest lessons that she learned during her time at Grace was to allow herself to be led. She grew the most when she connected with professors and was humbly instructed in their area of expertise. Her art flows out of her own experiences, growing up on a farm and with a large family, and focuses on being uplifting instead of trying to tackle controversial issues.
After college, Knuver has considered illustrating children’s books, but also would love to own a stationery shop and create custom stationery. It is a resurging field, moving away from a focus on digital mediums and back to a handmade approach.
Matt Stephens only made the decision to major in art immediately prior to starting his college career. He originally intended to study computer science, but, after creating an app with his brother at age 16, he discovered he enjoys creating more than coding. After his older brother was inspired by classes in design, he changed his intended major.
Photoshop is his preferred medium because he has used it since he was 10 years old. He focuses on a more functional, objective view because he creates commercial art. Communication is the most important element in commercial art because it has to both accurately reflect the client’s vision and present the client’s information well. However, he has learned to be intentional with his work and put in intensive research instead of just focusing on something aesthetically pleasing, after being challenged by Professor Reiff.
After college, Stephens wants to work in a commercial studio because it would allow him to work on a variety of projects and collaborate with colleagues who have similar experiences. Ultimately, Stephens would like to be able to work as a freelance designer.