The Colgate Scene
July 2006

The art of expression

[Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]

Two seniors who had final projects displayed at Little Hall during the annual art and art history exhibition also gave formal oral presentations for the Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works.

Sarah Mattes spoke about her mixed-media project titled Fever, Spectacles, and Dust and Erik Hassert talked about his video project Systematic Bubble.

Mattes said answering questions from people with a keen interest in art and those with just a passing knowledge was an interesting challenge.

"It was definitely a worthwhile test of how I can think on my feet," she said. "It was a great feeling to see that people were listening and trying to understand my work; I like the idea that my work would spur some curiosity."

A total of 28 studio art concentrators, the largest number the Department of Art and Art History has ever had, displayed their work at Little Hall. The senior exhibition included written works by 15 art history concentrators.

The writing projects were overseen by Nadja Aksamija, assistant professor of art and art history, and the studio projects were overseen by Lynn Schwarzer, associate professor of art and art history.

"I am so proud of each of these students, and all for different accomplishments," said Schwarzer. "I pushed them hard and they all responded with first-class work."

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