2011 Art & Design Senior Thesis Exhibit

April 30 through May 20, 2011
Opening Reception, Friday, April 29, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
MPAC Gallery and Studio Theater
Tower Hall, 500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435

Erica Anthony, Peg Caruso, Jenna Goebel, James Green,
Mathew Nosbisch, Juliameera Oliyapurathu, Autumn Panzera,
C’ne Rohlsen and Emily Zajda

The University of St. Francis Senior Thesis Show will feature a wide variety of art from this year’s nine participants. From painting, drawing and photography to sculpture, collage, video, and performance art the show will highlight the University’s diverse range in both traditional and contemporary artistic practice. Erica Anthony of Riverdale, will present a series of fashion portraits taken during various commercial shoots over the past year. Margaret Caruso (Peggy) of Joliet, will be showing picture collages of textures and photo’s of friends and family taken in the 50′s and 60′s in her body of work, “The Fabric of Time”. In “Forming Identity” (working title), Jenna Goebel of Plainfield will be exploring interactive design intended to bring awareness to how the internet determines and controls identity, often to the point of erasing groups of people and institutionalizing a culture of inequality and hate. Joliet resident, James Green’s “Return to Sender” is a commentary on the current trend of communication by focusing on interpersonal relationships in a family environment. Matthew Nosbisch of Metamora’s work “Rialto” is about rediscovering the beauty and legacy of the Rialto Theatre and the Rialto City Center Square in heart of downtown Joliet. Juliameera Oliyapurathu of Naperville will be presenting “Definite Lines,” a combination of various works that look at the life process life through varied formats. In “Apperception”, Autumn Panzera of Joliet will address the duality of the unconscious and conscious minds and the idea of allowing oneself to make a conscious decision to experience each moment. C’ne Rohlsen from Westmont, will be exploring the types of gender construction that are created within a given society, mostly revolving around the female gender and what it means in today’s society to be a woman. Emily Zajda of Joliet will be showing a series of photographs documenting the growth of her cousin’s son with the goal of capturing not only the development of abilities over time, but also the innocence, joy and trials of raising a newborn.

This exhibition is free and opening to the general public. The gallery is hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 12:00p.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information, please contact: Chester Costello, Gallery Director at 815-740-3821 or e-mail: mcostello@stfrancis.edu