The SCAD painting department presents the juried 2014 Senior B.F.A. Painting Exhibition featuring works in a range of media by painting seniors from the Savannah location. Works explore traditional and contemporary methods of painting as well as new conceptual approaches.
The exhibition was guest juried by Summer Wheat, SCAD alumna (M.F.A., painting, 2005).
The 2014 Award Winners:
Best in Show: Mirielle Jefferson
1st: Cindy Conrad
2nd: Ann Haley
3rd: Julie Thompson
Honorable Mention: Tim Kent and Daniela Guarin
On view May 9th–31st in the Alexander Hall Gallery, the BFA Senior Show features work by 16 undergraduate students who have grown and focused their art practices over the last four years. This final exhibition is an opportunity for students to present artwork they have developed through extensive research, critical thinking, and dedicated studio time.
In the 1960s, artists began to use a range of new products that changed the possibilities of painting and sculpture. Synthetic polymer paints popularly known as acrylics became the first widely used alternative to oil, a material that had dominated painting since the Renaissance. Unlike oil, these water based colors dried quickly and to a uniform surface. Artists such as Morris Louis explored their physical properties, especially their ability to stain and be poured directly on raw canvas. Medium and support could merge and become equal. These new approaches advanced one of the fundamental ideas of modern painting: acknowledging flatness and painting’s status as both image and object.
A decade ago artists, designers, historians, and art educators worked in an environment very different from the one we presently live in. Disciplines are changing and students have grown up in an unparalleled period of globalization, as well as rapid social and technological change. These conditions require an increased need for a better understanding of diverse communities, cultural and aesthetic practices, and histories.
The BFA Senior Exhibition features work from students who have a tremendous understanding of painting’s history, achievements and concerns. The students participating in this exhibition are: Daneielle Aras, Cindy Conrad, Justin Finnegan, Daniela Guarin, Ann Haley, Kenzie Jarman, Mirielle Jefferson, Kyle Joseph, Tim Kent, Julie Miller, Nam Nghiem, Nicole Niederman, Jo Nobile, Julia Thompson, Sami Woolhiser and Rachel Young.
The work of Ann Haley, Kyle Joseph and Cynthia Conrad exemplify the influence of technology and sculpture on painting. Cynthia Conrad’s “In A Complicated Relationship” blurs the distinction between painting and sculpture by retaining many of the traditional qualities of painting and expanding the work into three-dimensional space. Motivated by a desire to manipulate and adapt not just the imagery of the work but the surface and space it inhabits allows the artist to concentrate more closely on the expression of the medium itself.
In “I Don’t Think You’re Ready For This Jelly”, Ann Haley’s use of video explores the accumulation of fragmentary footage, a process not dissimilar to sketching, which is followed by an intensive period of ‘painting’, in which gestures are spliced and the viewer is made aware of the threshold between a gesture with paint and the digital mediated image.
Mirielle Jefferson’s painting “Art Histories VII” reconsiders the history of the represented image and plays with the subjective nature of perception; what initially appears non-objective is actually, upon closer examination, highly representational. Her work demonstrates what can happen when an artist decides to view subjects in a non- traditional manner.
Through the innovative use of materials, each of the works presented in the BFA Senior Show offer a different approach to painting. Some students approach painting by fostering painting’s academic progress and advancing its continuum. For other’s, painting is a language and pliable tool, an inexhaustible resource for creating new meaning. The exhibition’s curators were focused on featuring the diversity of practices within painting and interested in providing a space for interpretation and reflection on the definition and future of painting represented by the dynamic work produced by SCAD’s 2014 BFA painting seniors.
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.