Second-Year Grad Student Exhibit at OU School of Art

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The Ohio University School of Art’s second-year graduate student exhibition, titled Merges and Dissolves, is on display in the Ohio University Art Gallery, located at 536 Seigfred Hall.

Graduate student work from the departments of Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture is being featured.

This is the students’ second exhibition as a group. Graduate students in the School of Art have the opportunity for a group exhibition in their first and second years, in preparation for solo thesis exhibitions in the third year.

Merges and Dissolves refers to a point in time, a moment at the crux of what came before and the unknown future.

"The title is rather perfect for our last show together," said printmaking major Shaina Davis. "We are merging together for the last time to present our progress over the past year." 

The artists look forward to seeing their peers and colleagues at the exhibition as well as reintroducing members of the greater Athens community to their work.

"Living in Athens has definitely influenced my work," said artist Joey Behrens. "My piece in this show was directly inspired by the ways the architecture here reflects the history of its use through the accumulation of reconfigurations and growth of the spaces."

As a graphic designer, Michelle Ensch focuses her attention on a piece where, in her words, "The viewer is invited to enter the surface and explore the details hidden within the layers to face nostalgia with a hint of kitsch."

Mateo Galvano, a major in the painting program, reflected on his own influences as he prepares for the show.

“In my work, I'm dealing with issues of loss and absence, as well as notions concerning the mysterious realms between life and death," he said.

The scope of the exhibition is an accumulation of the literal and ethereal connections between a community of Ohio University artists living and working in the Athens area.

An artist discussion panel will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at the gallery. In-depth and informal discussions of the artists’ ideas, research and processes will be conducted and everyone is welcome.

The discussion and exhibition are both free of charge and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.