By Meleah Hartnett staff writer
An end of semester student art showcase was held in Lavery Library on Thursday, Dec. 6, for the Fisher community to recognize the work of art students.
Roughly 30 art pieces were hung on the walls in the library’s lower for the public to observe, interpret, and enjoy. There was a selection of photography, paintings, and drawings from various art classes that Fisher offers. Some artists who had pieces on display were at the showcase to explain their process. Each had a unique style and voice that was expressed through their art.
Students and faculty wandered around the showcase, examining the art. Some works were realistic depictions of the world, while others were more abstract interpretations. Many of those in attendance had thoughtful conversations about the different pieces, prompted by the various perspectives they had.
A particularly abstract photograph that was on display presented itself as a conversation piece among the crowd at the event. The photograph was taken of a spiral notebook, but it was from a unique point of view. The photograph was meant to spark a conversation about what it was and what it represented.
A discussion of the importance of art was also presented at this event. Karly Monfalcone, a sophomore nursing major at Fisher, contributed to the conversation by comparing the way visual art and written word differ when trying to express emotion. “I think it’s important so that students are able to express themselves in ways that they may not be able to through words,” she said.
An art professor at Fisher, Elizabeth Durand, emphasized the importance of preserving the arts not only in higher education but through adulthood.
Events that showcase work from fellow students typically receive positive attention, and usually have a pleasant and conversational atmosphere. This art show was no different. Students attended and participated in this event because it feels good to support artists that with whom they share a connection. “These students are vulnerable enough to share their artwork with the community, so I feel like it is my duty, as a classmate and peer, to get out and support them,” said sophomore Kyra Burns.
The event also featured a reading from Kaitlyn Frasca, a senior who is minoring in Art. She performed three creative writing pieces that were part of her capstone project. The first piece she read was nonfiction prose. The second reading was a unique take on poetry. The final reading was a fictional short story. The audience was fully captivated by the compelling readings, each more suspenseful and thrilling than the last.
For her independent study, Frasca was advised all semester by Professor M.J. Iuppa. Frasca also explained the process of her independent study, as a preface to her readings. Iuppa taught Frasca through readings related to various concepts, such as beauty. Through this process, “I got to develop my personal style and really adapt to other authors’ styles as well,” Frasca said.