April 27, 2013 7:33:06 PM
The artwork of 11 Mississippi University for Women seniors will be displayed through Saturday, May 11 at MUW's Eugenia Summer Gallery in the Art and Design Building on campus.
The eclectic exhibit is a requirement of all Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts students planning to graduate from MUW with a degree in the arts. Blaine Gerrard and Kalyn Fuller of Columbus are among the group.
Raised by a father and mother who both painted, Garrard, 23, has consistently drawn on restaurant napkins, cardboard and any other available surface since childhood, which has helped shape his style. While he has been influenced by the people and their stories around him, the 2008 Heritage Academy graduate didn't fully realize his own style until 2012, when he came into his own as a "monster-loving, pizza enthusiast."
"The juxtapositioned world of brightly colored monsters scarfing down slices of Pizza Hut is where my home lies," said the student, who will graduate with a degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design.
Fuller, 24, has worked toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts throughout her husband's two deployments and the birth of her first child.
"This has been a very long, stressful, but fulfilling process," said the 2006 New Hope High School graduate. "I'm so thankful for my wonderful husband and family who have supported me through the whole journey," added the developing artist who incorporates structure, typography and doses of sarcasm into her work. At the completion of this semester, Fuller will graduate with a degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design.
Other artists included in the show are Kacie Roberts of Columbus, Kourtney Riley of Starkville, Nisa Moody of Rienzi, Kelsey Smith of Baldwyn, Natalie Thomas of Madison, Olufemi Sobayo of Lagos, Nigeria, Tiffany Dugger of Hazlehurst, Mysti Guthery of Smithville and Ariana Davis of Pascagouila.
The Eugenia Summer Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located in the Art and Design Building on the Southwest corner of the MUW campus, next to Stark Recreation Center. For more information, call 662-329-7341 or 662-329-7291.