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MAY 2017

Florida School of the Arts students prepare for graduate gallery show

Caitlin Davis, sculpture
Brandon Ridener, illustration
Cody Burke, sculpture
Kayla Hooper
Martha Benitez-Langhorn, digital image

Florida School of the Arts visual art students will display their work at an upcoming graduate exhibition. An opening reception will be held to honor the work of eight graduating students on Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Florida School of the Arts main gallery, located on the St. Johns River State College Palatka campus. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s participants are New Media Design/Graphic Design students Martha Benitez-Langhorne, Adrienne DeGuzman, Michael England, Kayla Hooper and Brandon Ridener, as well as Studio Art students Cody Burke, Caitlin Davis and Zach Gasparini. Studio Art professor Dan Askew said that this will be one of the largest graduate exhibitions in many years, with eight students showcasing their work. “It also promises to be a very diverse show with a wide range of expressions: large scale sculpture, ceramics, video and animation, large scale photography, painting and commercial graphics,” he said.

The exhibits will be on display through the Florida School of the Arts graduation ceremony and reception on June 23. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and during evening Main Stage performances.

Askew said that all visual art students, as part of their required Portfolio Presentation: Capstone Seminar course, are asked to take an introspective look at their development as artists and produce a body of work outside of the normal project-driven FloArts curriculum. “Upon completion of the course, they will install their own exhibition of that work, along with some of their stronger pieces done at FloArts,” said Askew, adding “The opening of these exhibitions also gives the artists the opportunity to share their studio practices and conceptual process with an attending audience who are usually quite inquisitive about the work.”

Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State College and awards the two-year associate degree. The School serves the entire state of Florida and is located on the SJR State Palatka campus. For more information, call (386) 312-4300 or visit online at floarts.org.




PHOTO CAPTIONS:
"Blue Goddess," a sculpture by Caitlin Davis, is among the works to be exhibited at the upcoming Florida School of the Arts graduate exhibition. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. The exhibits will be on display through June 23.

"Creature from the Black Lagoon," a digital illustration by Florida School of the Arts student Brandon Ridener

"CZ-7," a sculpture by Florida School of the Arts student Cody Burke

"Blood Works," by Florida School of the Arts student Kayla Hooper

"Carnival at Night," a digital image by Florida School of the Arts student Martha Benitez-Langhorne

 

 

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