Thursday night, students from the College of William and Mary and members of the Williamsburg community gathered to celebrate art during the public reception for the second annual Senior Capstone Show at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center
Over cheese and crackers, the two groups discussed what seniors had learned in their three semester-long capstone, and how it shaped their art.
“From the gallery’s perspective, this is a terrific collaboration with William and Mary and the art department there,” said Karen Schwartz, the center’s program co-chair.
Mike Jabbur, professor of ceramics, said Brian Kreydatus, professor of printmaking, started the partnership with the Art Center last year.
“(The Art Center) has a history of showing some of our faculty’s shows, so I think there was already some sort of relationship,” Jabbur said.
Jabbur thought this show helped prepare seniors for their final exhibition by giving them experience setting one up.
“I think having a show off campus, in general, is great to expose (students) to the community a little more,” Jabbur said. “Where (with) the Andrews Gallery Show, their audience will largely be faculty, their friends, their family… (the capstone show) is a little more of a professional setting.”
In addition to showing off their work, the reception gave students a chance to discuss it. One senior, Ellie Grace, said her bright colored photographs represented her struggles with chronic illness.
“I have a chronic illness, it made me really, really tired all the time, so I started dressing in bright colors,” Grace said. “It kind of started as a push to make the world around me happier when I felt really tired — so I started incorporating that into my artwork.”
“We’ve all been struggling together in the studio at midnight for the past four years, so it’s satisfying to see it all come together,” said Indigo Cristol, another senior in the show. “(The show) is a little glimpse into how we see the world.”
Both Grace and Cristol said they were proud to see their classmates’ art in the gallery.
“I really like seeing everyone’s work together because we all have such different styles,” Grace said. “I think that’s the coolest part — all together we have such a full body of work (from) the studio.”
“It’s a really lovely show, we were very impressed with (the students’) artwork this year,” Schwartz said. “There’s quite a variety of things you’ll have to come to see.”
Want to see it?
The show is at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, 110 Westover Ave. The exhibition will be on display at the center until March 15.
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