Whitney Hale


College: Fine Arts

UK Art Seniors Showcased in 'Ecclection'

Published: Dec 5, 2012


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2012) — The University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies is currently sponsoring a senior group art exhibition. The Bachelor of Arts show, “Ecclection,” includes work by 10 students and is on display through the Dec. 7, at the Barnhart Gallery, in Reynolds Building No. 1. A closing reception will be held in honor of the students from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the gallery. Both the exhibition and show are free and open to the public.


"Ecclection" features the work of Kellie Marie Carpenter, Aurora Childs, Mara Ellen Kesterson, Tyler Elizabeth Nelson, Bradley Quinn Nolan, Shawna Rene Robinson, James Michael Serochi, Matthew M. Thompson, Evin Elizabeth Torney and Cassandra Marie Weidner.


Kellie Carpenter will graduate from UK with a bachelor's degree in art studio with a concentration in ceramic arts. Her artwork explores functionality and decorative nuances that reflect a light, whimsical feel that are delicate yet durable. Carpenter has only been involved in clay since 2008, but has developed a strong sense of identity to the medium. She has participated in various ceramic workshops, as well as attended the 2012 NCECA (National Council for Education on Ceramic Arts) National Conference. While Carpenter primarily focuses on clay, she also dapples in up-cycling vintage pieces, photography, do-it-yourself design and interior design.


Aurora Childs recently exhibited in the juried Carey Ellis show and was featured in a group show at Land of Tomorrow Gallery in 2011. Her first solo show is scheduled for March 2013 showcasing work of a wide array of materials installed in different scales. Some works feature whimsical watercolor paintings installed into a diorama. Other works feature lightweight materials such as poly-fill and down feathers, focusing on their easily expandable quality by installing them into a large space. Ceramic sculptures are finished in non-traditional methods, concentrating on design and texture quality. Other new sculptural instillations are made out of string and wax. With materials as her guide, Childs' work is diverse and texture rich.


Mara Ellen Kesterson is a graduating senior whose work focuses in exploration of the human form through different mediums, particularly printmaking and drawing. Using the figure as the basis of her work, she seeks to examine identity through analysis and abstraction of the internal processes in the human body. Her work addresses the unfamiliarity humans have with their own inner anatomy and biological mechanisms often through medical and surgical themes. While Kesterson's work uses etching and drawing to portray these ideas, there are multiple medias and layering techniques incorporated in much of her pieces, usually through the use of paint, ink, thread, chalk, wax and transparent papers.


Tyler Nelson is from a small town called Half Moon Bay, Calif., but attended Lexington's Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. She has been interested in art ever since she was a small child. At UK, she is focusing in ceramics and working on a double major in art studio and art education. Nelson’s inspiration stems from the whimsical and extraordinary.


The main body of work by Bradley Nolan deals with what he refers to as “sexual brokenness” in our culture. His medium of choice is photography, as well as video and audio elements. Nolan's focus has become more aligned with experimenting on how still images will relate to and play off of moving videos, as well as audio interspersed. He believes that our culture has taken an interesting turn sexually, with the mainstreaming of pornography, as well as underground institutions such as erotic literature, prostitution and sex trafficking. He wants people to realize how the actions that they choose to do are affecting not only themselves, but also others.


Shawna Robinson will graduate from UK with a bachelor's degree in art studio with a focus on sculpture. Her artwork explores the inner self, dealing with emotions and how to balance life. Robinson has worked in almost every aspect of art, including painting, drawing, graphic design, multimedia, metal arts and printmaking, but fell in love with sculpture and 3D art. She was born and raised in Louisville, Ky., where she graduated from Seneca High School.  Since she was a teen, Robinson has had a passion for art and hopes to one day share this with a very large audience.


James M. Serochi was born in Omaha, Neb., but has lived the better part of 21 years in Kentucky and will graduate with a bachelor's degree in art studio and a minor in art history. Originally attending UK for architecture, he switched to what he really enjoys which is art. His favorite medium is photography, working in black and white, color, film and digital. Serochi enjoys capturing moments in time that now will not be forgotten. 


Matt Thompson graduated from Scott County High School in 1999, and has lived in Lexington since 2006. His art examines internal conflict through the subconscious using acrylics and ink, referencing German expressionism and contemporary culture.


Evin Torney is a North Carolina native who will graduate from UK with a bachelor's degree in art studio. She came to Kentucky with the hopes of studying equine science and management, but shortly after took a photography class and fell in love with the process. Torney has explored different aspects and genres of art while in school and overall her work consists of natural themes and whimsical retro style. 


Cassie Weidner, the daughter of Chuck and Judy Weidner, graduated from Scott High School in 2008. Throughout her entire college career, she has been extremely active in several events and groups associated with Disciples of Christ churches. Weidner has participated in three alternative spring break trips sponsored by the Christian Church in Kentucky (CCK) organization. These included building houses in Matamoras, Mexico, as well as completing service projects in the Lake Charles, La., area. Also through the CCK office, Weidner has volunteered her time as a summer camp counselor in Yosemite, Ky. She has active membership to two local college ministry programs, claiming titles of vice-president (2010) and president (2011) in the UK Disciples on Campus student organization. Weidner also gained experience as a curator for the semi-annual art fundraising exhibition to support the Central Christian College Ministry program. In summer of 2012, she participated in a study abroad experience to China, in which she attended classes at the University of Shanghai.


Gallery hours for "Ecclection" are 1-8 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 6, and 1-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.


The UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and art education.


For more information about the Bachelor of Arts show "Ecclection," contact senior delegate, Aurora Childs, by phone at 859-381-7181 or e-mail to aurora.childs@uky.edu.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716 or whitney.hale@uky.edu

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