Art gallery is currently displaying Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition 2021
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the “Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition 2021,” which will be open April 8 through April 22.
The “Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition 2021” exhibition showcases the work of six outstanding seniors from the Department of Art and Art History. The six seniors on display are: Samantha Gaudette ’21, Jeremy Lukasiewicz ’21, Ryan Miech ’21, Madison Squizzero ’21, Kyra Steinmetz ’21 and Victor Aguirre-Williams ’21.
Each senior had thesis projects in art that involved graphic design, photography, illustration and painting. For example, Miech’s project was a card game entitled “Ilu” that depicts mystical beings. All the illustrations were hand inked and digitally colored, and they were sent to a printshop in Wisconsin that specializes in board games.
“It was incredibly wonderful to see all the hard work we put in as individual come together as one cohesive and beautiful exhibit,” said Miech. “While the pandemic made new challenges to overcome, we leaned on each other and grew exponentially from overcoming them. I am personally beyond grateful for all my classmates, my professors and all the others who helped these projects come to fruition.”
Squizzero has always loved horses and riding. When she first started her journey at Salve Regina, she was creating small-scaled paintings capturing moments that reflected her experiences with horses.
“I always push my work to break out of what I refer to as the stereotypical ‘genre’ of horse paintings,” she said. “My current work represents horses at life size, enabling me to fully convey their beauty and physical presence. I began this project with an idea to create something totally out of my comfort zone, a kind of painting that captures the feeling people experience when they encounter these animals.”
Aguirre-Williams loves to stretch the bounds of life to create his own visions of the world through painting. “Through exaggeration and fabrication, I twist the idea of what a typical portrait would look like,” he said. “I strive to show emotion, movement, and a likeness to the subject I’m representing in my paintings. I create work which demands the viewer’s attention and makes them interested in who or what they’re seeing.”
Lukasiewicz used a very specific palette to play with shapes and colors for his artwork. “I compose large shapes that dance into smaller shapes that project a visceral experience for the viewer,” he explained. “I layer each stroke of color for the sole purpose of creating chaos until an order is found. Order is found when the vision of my composition’s core becomes clear. When my eyes see what my mind sees, order is restored to the chaotic canvas.”
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is currently not open to the public, and all exhibits are available exclusively to the Salve Regina community. The gallery is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays and weekends.