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‘Action potential’

Ohio Wesleyan Fine Arts Seniors Showcase Creations April 9-May 7 at the Ross Art Museum

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – When neurons share messages in the body in a burst of electricity, they reach an “action potential”.

Fine arts grads from Ohio Wesleyan University use the phrase as the title of their senior show, using “Action Potential” to describe their four years as OWU students and their future promise as a artists.

The eight student exhibit will be on view April 9 through May 7 at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum of the Ohio Wesleyan, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Featuring works juried by OWU’s Faculty of Fine Arts, the exhibit will open with a free community reception from 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the museum.

The title of the exhibition was suggested by a senior graduate Colin Hister from Delaware, a triple major in fine arts, neuroscience, and psychology.

“I made the connection that we all have the same action potential by transmitting our own messages,” Hiester said, “which, like the brain, can propagate and have a much greater impact than just a person to person.”

The students participating in this year’s senior show are:

  • Olivia Anderson of Toledo, Ohio. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in studio art, focusing on painting and ceramics, with a minor in theater. “I use art to seek solace in the seemingly unfamiliar,” Anderson said. “The American pop art of Wayne Thiebaud and the jazz-influenced abstraction of Stuart Davis drive my aesthetic. These vibrant inspirations are harnessed in tandem with found materials to generate my works. After graduating, Anderson plans to spend the summer working with the Toledo Arts Commission and hopefully join the Toledo School for the Arts in the fall.
  • Jack Beyer of Oakwood, Ohio. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education with a minor in Multi-Aged Education, which prepares him to teach K-12. His art focuses on painting and ceramics. “My artwork reflects my childhood spent making little clay figurines with my siblings and friends, because then and still today, when I make art, I want it to bring me joy. “, said Beyer. “Life can get very dark very quickly if you don’t seek to have fun in what you do and make yourself and those around you smile. By making art that is humorous, weird and whimsical, I am able to do just that.
  • Sarah Bunch of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography and Graphic Design. She is also a minor in botany. “Storytelling has always been a passion of mine,” Bunch said. “Everything from how the story is told and who tells it can influence how others perceive it, which in turn affects the story itself. This is one of the reasons why I was drawn to art, and photography in particular. After graduating, she plans to continue working as a content creator and social media manager for a small business in Tulsa and start her own studio.
  • Pascal Fraire of Chicago, Illinois. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art, focusing on painting and graphic design, with a minor in business marketing. “I work in a mix of abstract painting as well as digital and film photography,” Fraire said. “I focus on the human form, creating shapes that look like figures in my abstract works and creating slightly blurry and distorted images in my realistic works. Distortion is an attempt to capture what the memory of a dream looks like, not quite sharp, but with still recognizable objects. In the fall, he plans to attend Ohio Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program, which includes living and working in New York City.
  • Colin Hister, whose Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art includes a concentration in Drawing. “I work primarily in charcoal because I am swept away by the intense tonal shifts from black to white, and how there are an infinite number of shades in between, and how there are an infinite number of ways to express those shades. “, said Hiester. . “My work revolves around the human form. Our ability to detect subtle details in tone, posture or expression is something inherent in the human race. After graduating, he hopes to attend medical school.
  • Mukami Mboche from Nairobi, Kenya. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art, with a concentration in painting and photography. “In my paintings, I try to capture moments with my friends and family that evoke these nostalgic feelings,” Mboche said. “[T]Through photography, I tend to capture beauty in random and unforeseen moments in my daily life. …I learned not just to think outside the box, but not to create a box entirely, and I hope to continue that growth for the rest of my life. After graduating, she plans to spend time in Kenya before moving to New York in the fall.
  • Julia Mostow of Highwood, Ill. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting. “I love painting and the painting process,” Mostow said. “I think he has a unique subjectivity that gives a deeper look at reality that can’t be captured the way a photograph can. I may not be able to change everyone’s world, but It’s okay. Maybe there’s something special I can give to the world just by reflecting my own. After graduating, Mostow plans to attend graduate school to study history and then become a teacher.
  • harley murphy of Powell, Ohio. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, with a concentration in Computer Imaging and Graphic Design. “My art allows me to feel what I need to feel and work through all the chaos that’s in my mind,” Murphy said. “It allows me to make sense of my thoughts and feelings without expecting to have a solution. … I hope that through my art you can see my journey. Not just my artistic journey, but the journey to become who I am today. In time, she hopes to run her own art business.

During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is accessible to people with reduced mobility and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

Established in 1864, the Ohio Wesleyan Department of Fine Arts was one of the first art departments in American universities. Today, it offers both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Learn more about the department, its majors and minors, and its faculty at owu.edu/finearts.


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