Washington and Lee University's studio art majors will present their senior projects in an exhibition that opens in Staniar Gallery on March 24. The show will be up through April 8 with an opening reception for the artists in Lykes Atrium, Wilson Hall, on Thursday, March 27, at 4 p.m.
Each spring, Staniar Gallery showcases work by the Art Department's graduating studio majors in an exhibition that is the culmination of a year-long thesis project. During that year, the students develop a body of work and prepare it for exhibition in a professional gallery setting.
This year's show features a variety of media by three artists. In prints, drawings and a video installation, Ebony Bailey draws on her training as a dancer to explore the relationship between physical motion and static artistic modes of expression such as painting. Hillary Bontempi's process-driven body of work pushes the boundaries of traditional printmaking through a rigorous formal and conceptual examination of a single object. Clare Stevenson's black and white photographs are self-portraits, the double exposures and haunting landscape settings provide a context for her viewer to contemplate their own identity.
Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University's Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.