Graduating seniors in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts have their culminating works on display at Loyola’s Lakeshore and Water Tower Campuses. “For[e]ward” opened April 17, and “Let’s Get Lost” opened April 21.
The exhibits feature student artwork about concepts of being lost and vulnerable. “For[e]ward” is on display at the Loyola Museum of Art (820 N. Michigan Ave.) on the Water Tower Campus, and “Let’s Get Lost” is at the Ralph Arnold Gallery (1131 W. Sheridan Road) on the Lake Shore Campus. “For[e]ward” features studio art majors, and “Let’s Get Lost” features visual communications majors.
Professor and Co-Director of the Ralph Arnold Gallery Betsy Odom was in charge of running “Let’s Get Lost.” She said the artwork in the show is something any student can connect with.
“Our fine arts students are grappling with the same interest in their personal stories, and interest in reaching out to a larger social mission and talking about bigger ideas,” she said. “I think that will really resonate with the Loyola community at large.”
“For[e]ward” explores vulnerability and personal experience. It’s hosted on the second floor of the Loyola Museum of Art (LUMA), and the artwork includes a variety of mediums such as photography, drawing and interactive pieces.
One striking piece, “Pending,” is a 6-foot-long sculpture of a pregnancy test done by Linh Nguyen. She said she modified a typical pregnancy test to be larger and mimic the shape of a female body.
“The object itself represents fertility or strongly suggests the woman image and it’s an object so by enlarging that object … I also want to enlarge the anxiety or the joyful feeling that women have towards [it],” the 22-year-old drawing and painting major said.
Sylvia Bueltel’s piece called “Surprise!” examines the subject of death. Bueltel, 20, said she wanted to depict her own perception of it.
“It’s sort of my interpretation of how I’ve dealt with deaths of family members in my life and how although we may understand that death is inevitable, we all pass on eventually,” the drawing and painting major said. “But every single time that it does come, it’s always a big surprise to everyone and it hits you hard.”
Matthew Ng, 22, said his photoset titled “You” is about his college friendships and the memories he had with them.
“It’s a journey on how I wish I could relive that freshman year and being with my friends and how we hung out every day,” the photography major said. “Now as a senior we don’t hang out as much anymore, and the [work shows] that I can’t relive the past as much as I want to.”
This exhibit centers around the theme of loss. There were more interactive pieces at “Let’s Get Lost” compared to “For[e]ward”, including Judge’s “In Chaos.” Judge, 21, invited viewers to uncover poetry by washing away black acrylic from a collage of poems.
“All these poems are just about loss, but the good that can come from it,” the visual communications major said. “You have to get up close to uncover the poetry, so it’s more intimate and personal with the person that’s interacting with it.”
Art wasn’t restricted to tangible work, either. Chloe Antrobus created the design for a mindfulness app called “Clarity,” and Shapiro created an abstract video with music he composed.
Similar to “For[e]ward,” the artists created works with personal connections. Rachel Hyland, 22, created an accordion book narrating her adoption story called “The Snake and The Phoenix.”
“I have a Chinese name from when I was adopted, Liu Wenying, but I don’t go by that anymore,” the visual communications major said. “I never thought of myself as a Liu Wenying. I just go by Rachel. So this is me exploring that loss of a name.”
Director of the Fine Arts Department Matthew Groves said the Loyola students should visit the senior exhibitions even if they aren’t fine arts majors.
“Even if they’re not going to be artists, they could come learn something about art and and its value,” he said. “Maybe they can become appreciators of art or they even could become collectors of art. You can support art in a number of different ways.”
“For[e]ward” runs through May 12, and “Let’s Get Lost” runs through May 13.
Loyola seniors Sylvia Bueltel, Michen Dewey (current managing editor of The PHOENIX), Jordyn Doyel, Shelby Foley, Sara Lochmueller, Matthew Ng, Linh Nguyen, Jeffery Phonn, Tara Shafa and Kavya Tiwari contributed to “For[e]ward.”
Christina Amalfitano, Chloe Antrobus, Hali Barany, Natalie Braun, Monique Chevalier, Julia Garcia, Rachel Hyland, Amahn Johnson, Abigail Judge, Katherine Jurewicz, Molly Ketterer, Valeria Kotliarova, Tessa Murray, Alexandra Platt, Megan Rosenberg and Jason Shapiro contributed to “Let’s Get Lost.”