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Fine Arts Department Showcases Student Achievement

May 05, 2015

Laura Lemire
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Senior Maeve Harrington at fine arts thesis exhibition
As the spring semester draws to a close, the fine arts department has two events showcasing student work and achievement.

Seniors Kendra Beauregard of Pawtucket, R.I. and Maeve Harrington of Salem, Mass. presented their senior theses at the 2015 fine arts senior thesis exhibitions on April 17 at the Dana Center Alcove Galleries.

Harrington, a fine arts major with a studio emphasis and a minor in theater, presented "Photography," a set of nine black and white photographs of people that have made an impression on her life. The backgrounds are void of context in order to show viewers how the subjects appear to Harrington in life or a memory.

"Photography is a medium that allows me to take something that exists in space, capture it, and it then becomes an archival piece of a particular time, giving me a chance to make a tangible recollection," says Harrington. "I hope this body of work tells a piece of my story as a human being, and possibly provokes others to tell theirs."

Senior Kendra Beauregard at fine arts senior thesis exhibitionBeauregard, a fine arts major with a studio emphasis and a minor in web design, presented "Character Design and Animation," an exhibit consisting of works in graphite, gouache, watercolor, ceramics and a digital display.

"This show allowed me to put to work all of the skills I have acquired in the fine arts classes I have taken here at the college and demonstrate how they have developed," says Beauregard. "Using a variety of media in my show also allowed me to explore the way in which different mediums of art interconnect with one another."

Beauregard's digital piece is a two-minute animation of the 1937 radio show "The Cinnamon Bear" by Glenville Heisch. While the story is not well known, Beauregard's family listens to it every year at Christmas and her family provided her inspiration for this project. Now, the story of "The Cinnamon Bear" can be shared with a larger audience.

"I have an interest in illustration and animation and I particularly hope to create stories catered towards children, so really this story was the perfect opportunity to make that connection with something so personal to me," says Beauregard.

student flutists provide musical accompaniment at the fine arts senior thesis exhibition opening receptionFlutists Amanda Field '17 and Caresse Mailloux '17 provided musical accompaniment at the event.

Harrington and Beauregard began working on their theses in the spring of their junior year, reflecting on those thesis ideas working in that media during the summer. They presented any summer work or research in the first of the five senior critiques which take place over the course of their senior year. Fine arts alumni often returned to campus to critique student work and offer their thoughts, which makes it a fun, communal experience says fine arts professor Kimberly Kersey Asbury.

"It's unique that the students have the opportunity to do in-depth research in their discipline," says Asbury. "We want students to go out and be ready with a portfolio."

The exhibit will be on display in the Dana Center Alcove Galleries until September 15, 2015.

Common Hour Concerts
On April 21, music students performed in the Dana Center during the college common hour. Students performed works from Handel, Schubert, and Puccini as well as others.

Meghan Bartlett '15, Emily Barrett '16, Briana Capistran '16, William Endicott '16, Briana Goddard '16, Alexander Lemay-Kimball ‘16, Amanda Field '17, Caresse Mailloux ‘17, Amelia McCue '17, Noelle Michaud ‘17, Ryan Sarasin '17, Thomas Catyb '18, Zachary Horton '18, Emily Rice '18, and Br. Paul LeSage made up the performers.

During the academic year, approximately once a month, the fine arts department organized a concert to showcase students and give them an opportunity to perform in public. This allows students to perform in a more formal setting than studio classes, where students play for each other and receive feedback from their instructor.

Three to four students from each instructor performs at each concert. This is the first year the college has offered courses in voice, piano and flute as part of the fine arts major with a music emphasis.

Associate professor Sean Parr (voice), lecturer Sharon Baker (voice), lecturer Molly Lozeau (piano), lecturer Rebecca Jeffreys (flute) and assistant professor Francis Kayali (piano) teach the courses, and will be expanding the musical offerings in the future, including violin.

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Story by Dominique Del Prete '15
Photos courtesy of Kimberly Kersey Asbury, assistant professor of fine arts

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