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May 11, 2017

Students Present Artwork at 2017 Senior Thesis Exhibition

On Friday, May 5, the Emmanuel College Art Department hosted the opening of the 2017 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition.

Art Therapy Major Holly St. Cyr standing with one of her pieces, called "My Ties."
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Matteson Holtman standing with his artwork.

On Friday, May 5, the Emmanuel College Art Department hosted the opening of the 2017 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition. During the event, the Emmanuel community, as well as students' friends and families, gathered as graduating seniors presented year-long projects within their concentrations.

During this year's show, Erich Doubek, chair of the Art Department, honored five students who demonstrated excellence in their work with Procaccini Awards. This year's winners were: Holly St. Cyr, for Excellence in Art Therapy; Adam Pinheiro, for Excellence in Art History; Emily Dyer, for Excellence in Graphic Design; Keith Becker, for Excellence in Studio Art in Ceramics; and Matteson Holtman, for Excellence in Studio Art in Painting. This prestigious honor was named for the late Dr. Donald Procaccini of the Biology department, who valued the importance of art.

All of the students who presented their work in the senior show demonstrated their passion and creativity. Their projects ranged from ceramics and sculptures, paintings and charcoal drawings, photography, print and web design and the design of smartphone applications.

Emily Dyer accepting her Procaccini Award.

According to Professor of Art Cynthia Fowler, Ph.D., the senior show represents the culmination of a full year of dedicated work on a single project for these students.

"As faculty members, we are always so proud of the works on display at the senior show," Fowler said. "We know how many hours of hard work and dedication go into each project."

Fowler said that the students began work on these projects in the fall when they took courses in which they conceptualized their projects and defined their goals. Throughout the fall term, they took preliminary, then intermediary, steps toward achieving their goals under the guidance of a faculty member. Then, in the spring term, students continued to work with their assigned faculty mentor until their project was brought to completion while receiving comments on their progress from other faculty along the way.

"This process helps to push them conceptually and in the process of making their work," said Fowler. "They have to be open to this type of intensive critique in order to advance with their work. It's not easy, but I think the students in the show would agree that it's worth it in the end," she said.

Sarah Turner standing with her hanging mandalas.

"Art projects require lots of experimentation, and that includes many failed experiments until the goals of a project are realized," Fowler said. "It takes courage and perseverance to move in a new direction after hours of dedication on a project, but that is what leads to the creative and innovative projects that result in the senior show."

Senior show artwork will be available for viewing in the Art Department on the fifth floor of the Administration Building until graduation on May 13.

Seniors presenting their work at the 2017 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition include: Julia Bialko, Renee Contino, Mellyn Costello, Alison D'Angelo, Emily Dyer, Amanda-Theonie Katsarikas, Wojciech Kopacz, Jacqueline McCarthy, Mary Muench, Adam Pinheiro, Juliana Rush, Amanda de Oliveira, Sera Kantor, Holly St. Cyr, Abigail Thompson, Sarah Turner, Matteson Holtman, Keith Becker, Caily Blauss, Kelsey Lynch, Matt Maydoney, Miller Penaflor, Louis Meola, and Colleen Donovan.