樱桃影视 2024 Art & Design Senior Thesis Exhibition Now Open

2024 Art & Design Senior Thesis exhibitors

Photo caption: Exhibiting artists for 樱桃影视鈥檚 2024 Art & Design Senior Thesis Exhibition include (left to right) Mazi Niezgoda, Jaclyn Duske, Meghan Grilli, Alvaro Robles, Stephanie Behland and Vada Arndt.

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 The community is invited to enjoy the artwork of University of St. Francis (樱桃影视) seniors as part of the current exhibition at the 樱桃影视 Art Gallery. The 2024 Art & Design Senior Thesis exhibition, which runs through May 31, 2024, highlights work selected from the thesis projects of graduating seniors majoring in Studio Art, Photography, Graphic Design, and Art Education. The exhibition serves as a culmination of their undergraduate experience, celebrating their growth as artists and their commitment to the rigorous process of artistic production. The Senior Thesis exhibition is a testament to the dedication and creativity of the graduating seniors, who have demonstrated their ability to contribute meaningfully to the discourse of contemporary art.

The 樱桃影视 Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday through Thursday and is located 25 E. Van Buren Street in downtown Joliet. For more information on the exhibition or the gallery, contact 樱桃影视 Art Gallery Director Jennifer Moore at jmoore@stfrancis.edu or visit stfrancis.edu/artgallery/.

About the Exhibiting Artists

Vada Arndt – Vada has fallen in love with the landscape and environment all around her. From familiar and nostalgic scenes, to commentary on her family鈥檚 long lineage in the Midwest, Vada has been creating artwork (whether consciously or not) depicting scenes familiar or directly pulled from twenty-something years鈥 worth of observation and admiration.

Vada works mostly in oils, but is also interested in using mediums which most effectively evoke the desired goal of a piece. Vada loves to see what is present around her as if seeing it for the first time, to realize how amazing it all is. The main goal for this project was to challenge herself to share what she sees in a way that allows others a glimpse of the stunning beauty in the ordinary.

Stephanie Behland – Stephanie is a talented Graphic Design major whose journey into the world of graphic design began in high school when she reluctantly enrolled in a computer arts class. This newfound passion led her to switch majors from elementary education to graphic design.

Currently, Stephanie is honing her skills through a marketing internship at 樱桃影视, where she has also worked on design projects for various companies and organizations. Some of her notable clients include South Side XP Volleyball Club, the 樱桃影视 Dance Team, and Blue Taco Restaurant.

When Stephanie is not immersed in the world of design, you can find her dancing or exploring new travel destinations.

Jaclyn Duske – Jaclyn works with both photography and graphic design. While she loves experimenting with many forms of photography, she has found her passion in sport and concert photography. Jaclyn has had her work shown on The Today Show, KTLA, Country Now Magazine, and countless local newspapers. For her senior thesis, Jaclyn is showcasing both her sport and concert photography and design with images, graphic design pieces, screen prints, book designs, and her own concert merchandise designs.

Meghan Grilli – Meghan is a K-12 Visual Arts Educator major. Her thesis project, Little Miss Lilly, is a book series that she has written and illustrated based on real-life experiences. The stories follow Lilly, a young girl of an unspecified age, through her adventures of spending time with animals. The books aim to inform children of how to care for these various animals while maintaining a light-hearted atmosphere. Meghan鈥檚 goal is to extend the series from animals and incorporate educational themes that enlighten young readers on basic visual arts ideas and concepts. The set-up that Meghan has created within the 樱桃影视 Gallery is meant to replicate a young child鈥檚 reading area, much like one would see in real-time as a child were truly reading the stories.

Mazi Niezgoda – Mazi鈥檚 journey with graphic design started when she graduated from Plainfield Central High School. While trying to decide what she was going to do with the rest of her life, she began interning at a wedding photography company where they suggested she take a photography and photoshop course. This led Mazi on a path that fostered her love of graphic design. Mazi received her associate in graphic design at Joliet Junior College and continued her education as a graphic design major at 樱桃影视.

When Mazi isn鈥檛 working on her numerous photography and graphic design projects, you can find her attending rock concerts throughout the summer.

Alvaro Robles – Alvaro aims to innovate and inspire with his art. He has a strong work ethic and takes pride in doing his absolute best. He is always ready for a challenge and seeks to learn new lessons whenever possible. Alvaro does not like to contain himself to one skillset, as he enjoys venturing into different areas of fine art. His style is very detailed and intense. He incorporates his life into his work. Each big project is a piece of his artistic timeline.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 3,300 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 53,000 樱桃影视 alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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樱桃影视 Announces Annual Contest for High School Artists

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 The University of St. Francis (樱桃影视) Art and Design Department has announced its annual high school art exhibition and competition for Illinois high school students. All submitting artists must be attending high school in the 2023 樱桃影视-2024 academic year and must be residents of Illinois. The exhibition will run from January 13-25, 2024, and will open with an awards reception on January 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the 樱桃影视 Art Gallery (25 E. Van Buren St., Joliet, 60432).

One grand prize will be awarded to an eligible high school senior in the form of a University of St. Francis Art & Design Scholarship, worth $10,000 (see additional details at stfrancis.edu/artgallery. Best of show awards and honorable mentions will be awarded (in the form of Visa gift cards) in the following categories: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Drawing/Works on Paper, Digital/Other. Winners will be announced at the reception on January 13, 2024. Students must claim their prizes in person at the 樱桃影视 Art Gallery.

The University of St. Francis Art & Design Scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship awarded to one student entering a qualified program in the Art & Design Department at 樱桃影视 in the 2024-25 academic year worth a total of $10,000. The Talent Scholarship is stackable with other scholarship/grant awards at the University of St. Francis. To be eligible for the $10,000 Grand Prize Scholarship, students must be seniors (2024) and will be required to upload a digital portfolio (5-10 works) and a one-page statement explaining why they would like to major in art at 樱桃影视.

For more information or to apply, visit stfrancis.edu/artgallery and click on 樱桃影视 ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL EXHIBITION. Submission forms may be completed online until November 27, 2023 樱桃影视, at 11:59 p.m. Drop-off dates for works will be November 28-29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students may submit up to two (2) original works, teachers may submit work from up to ten (10) students.

For more information on the exhibition and competition or the 樱桃影视 Art Gallery, please visit stfrancis.edu/artgallery.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 53,000 樱桃影视 alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Roger Carlson: INNOCENT DAWN Opens at 樱桃影视 Art Gallery

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 The University of St. Francis (樱桃影视) Art Gallery presents Roger Carlson: INNOCENT DAWN, which will run from October 25 through November 30. In his series, INNOCENT DAWN, Carlson attempts to use imagery and words to create a visual understanding of eternity and an afterlife.

The 樱桃影视 Art Gallery is located at 25 E. Van Buren St. in downtown Joliet, and is open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on the exhibition or the 樱桃影视 Art Gallery, contact Jennifer Moore, gallery director, at jmoore@stfrancis.edu.

About Roger Carlson

Artist Roger Carlson 鈥06, combines both traditional and digital media to create reverse paintings on plexiglass. Carlson鈥檚 technique begins with creating digital artwork. The digital works are then painted using a reverse painting technique in which the image is painted on plexiglass using acrylic paint, spray paint, paint marker and ink.

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Paul Erschen: LEACH FIELD Opens at 樱桃影视 Art Gallery

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 The University of St. Francis (樱桃影视) Art Gallery presents Paul Erschen: LEACH FIELD, which will run from August 24 through October 6. Paul Erschen: LEACH FIELD presents painting, sculpture, and prints informed by midwestern post-industrial and agricultural environments.

The 樱桃影视 Art Gallery is located at 25 E. Van Buren St. in downtown Joliet, and is open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on the exhibition or the 樱桃影视 Art Gallery, contact Jennifer Moore, gallery director, at jmoore@stfrancis.edu.

About Paul Erschen

Born in 1975, in Aurora, Ill., Paul Erschen lives and works in Chicago, Ill. Erschen earned a BFA in Painting & Drawing from Northern Illinois University (1998) and an MFA in Painting & Drawing from The Ohio State University (2000). Paul has taught in the Art & Design Department at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., since 2001 and is currently a Professor of Visual Art and Art & Design Department Chair.

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2023 樱桃影视 樱桃影视 Student Art Exhibition Open to the Public

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 The University of St. Francis (樱桃影视) Art & Design Department recently held its 2023 樱桃影视 exhibition and competition. The annual competition is open to all 樱桃影视 students from any major. All students were eligible to receive all prizes regardless of major, with the exception of the Coleman Scholarship, which is awarded to an Art major.

The exhibition is open to the public from now through April 13, 2023 樱桃影视, during regular 樱桃影视 Art Gallery hours, which are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (with the exception of holidays and University breaks). The 樱桃影视 Art Gallery is located at 25 E. Van Buren Street (on the corner of Van Buren Street & Scott Street).

The results from the competition include:

  • Coleman Scholarship (awarded to an Art major): Jaclyn Duske
  • Presidential Purchase Award* (cash purchase award and artwork added to the University鈥檚 permanent collection): Jaclyn Duske, Under the Sea (digital photography)
  • Dean鈥檚 Choice Award* (cash purchase award and artwork added to the University鈥檚 permanent collection): Harlie Mast, Spot Light (photography)
  • First Place ($50 gift card): Vada Arndt, Willow Springs, IL, oil paint
  • Second Place ($50 gift card): Lilliana Guitierrez, Frank, wire, paint, paper m芒ch茅
  • Third Place ($50 gift card): Tatiana Ruiz, Drained, paint on canvas board
  • Award of Excellence ($25 Visa gift card): Darcy Ancel, Grey Hound, silver print (traditional photography); Spencer Baird, Untitled, oil paint (painting); Karly Ceci, Old Bones, New Snake, crochet (non-traditional Media); Samantha Gonzalez, View of Joliet, acrylic paint (color theory); E. Porter, Infinity Wave, ceramic (ceramics); Issac Rodriguez, Gone, wire & paper (experimental media), and; Nathaniel Smith, Old Route 66, photography (digital photography)
  • Honorable Mention (art supplies): Gianna Barbaro, Frog Prince, pewter (metal) ; Emily Eagan, Chinook, stoneware ceramic (ceramics); Ayla Gilmer, Mushed Rooms, screen print on cardstock (screenprint); Jareset Lagunas, Do Not Enter, black and white film (Don & Surrealism); Mary Grace McGrath, Self Portrait, acrylic paint (self-portrait); Kadixamayrin Mireles, Vulnerable Heart, wire, paint, paper m芒ch茅 (sculpture); Nicholas Munafo, Will We Ever be Free, linoleum print (screenprint); Mazi Niezgoda, Old Love, photography (studio photography); Sarah Piane, Focus, acrylic paint (Realism); Fatima “Flynn” Villagomez, Ramblings of Students, wire & paper m芒ch茅 (sculpture), and; Alana Wendel, Emile, watercolor (watercolor).

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樱桃影视 Art Gallery Exhibition Featuring Works of 樱桃影视 Alumni

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 The University of St. Francis (樱桃影视) Art Gallery in downtown Joliet invites the community to enjoy the creative works of 樱桃影视 alumni. The Alumni Exhibition, which runs through Thursday, September 29, will feature the works of several 樱桃影视 alumni, including: Megan Altmyer (2013); Jessica Baron (2013); Roger Carlson (2006); Jessica Cuevas (2014); Katia Hunt (2019); Sydney Jarrard (2019); Christopher Jones (2015); Dora Moore (2008); Meghann O鈥橦ara (2001); Autumn Panzera (2011); Boris Peshev (2016); Joe Santillo (2017); Egzon Shaqiri (2014) ;Marguerite Stoiber (1973); Lauren Tuider (2020); Odessa Villarreal (2021), and; Ryan Wolfe (2004). The 樱桃影视 Art Gallery is located at 25 E. Van Buren Street in Joliet, is open to the public Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit stfrancis.edu/artgallery/ for more information. : : The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 53,000 樱桃影视 alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose. # # #
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