April 09, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Kaleidoscope: the Annual Student Art Exhibit can be seen in the Samek Art Museum through April 26

The Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University is hosting the annual student art exhibition.

Kaleidoscope, which showcases the artwork of graduating senior Studio Art majors and Studio Assistants, may be seen through April 26 on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. The Samek Museum's hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Two related events are being held in conjunction with the exhibition. On Friday, April 10, the Samek Art Museum's student organization the Gallery Engagement Team will host a Spring Gala from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Samek Museum.

The exhibiting artists will give snap talks about their work on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre (Room 301) of the Elaine Langone Center. A reception follows in the Samek Museum from 8 to 9 p.m.

The artists describe their work in this joint statement: "We the artists seek to present the audience with a multitude of lenses, a kaleidoscope of ideas. Rather than trying to fit one theme, our show reflects the diversity of thought and experience integral to the human condition."

The exhibition features a range of media including sculpture, prints, painting, animation, video and an interactive project. Artists and their work are:

  • Deanna Boerstler, whose work includes fabric, ceramic and video, is a senior majoring in Studio Art and Education.
  • Kendra Douglas has created an installation and two sculptures, one of which is "Memory and Nourishment." It combines steel, vintage blue mason jars and collected objects. Douglas is a Studio Assistant in sculpture.
  • Ashley Freeby's installation includes a dining table and dresses reflecting her biracial family background. Freeby is a senior majoring in Studio Art.
  • Veronica Hanssens' animation project, "Grubbing in the Ashes," reflects her life growing up in a small castle in Philadelphia to working in mental health services and the bar industry. Hanssens is a Studio Assistant in the Department of Art & Art History.
  • Alana Jajko's mixed media creations use natural elements and recycled materials to explore the boundaries between nature and the man-made world. Jajko is a senior majoring in English (creative writing) and Studio Art.
  • Stephanie Knaus, a Studio Assistant in photography, has included prints and digital video.
  • Alexandra Lamancusa's "The 100 Cats Project" uses watercolor portraits of real cats to explore the relationships between people and animals. Lamancusa is a senior majoring in Studio Art and Philosophy.
  • Lily Robinson has painted a series of Lewisburg and campus landscapes that began as photos taken from a smart phone camera then rendered in watercolor. Robinson is a senior majoring in French and Studio Art.

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