An attendee observes an art display at the Senior Art Exhibition

Words by Megan Carroll (’18)
Photos by Zack Berlat (’11)

Many of Gonzaga’s Class of 2017 art majors and minors say their ardor for art began as soon as they could put pencil or paintbrush to paper. Through inspiration from their muses – a parent, public television artist Bob Ross or St. Aloysius Catholic Church’s stained glass windows – 11 student artists produced original works for the 2017 Senior Art Exhibition.

The display included a public walkthrough with the artists. For the first time in art department history, the exhibition occurred off campus at the Richmond Art Collective. Formed in 2013 in response to growing local interest in mixed-use spaces, it has since attracted local and national artists from various disciplines.

“Constructed, Destructed, Untouched” by Carley Schmidt, ’17

A vast majority of the students are interdisciplinary artists similar to Loïe Fuller, who combined dance, theatre and visual arts. Elaina Pignolet (’17) was one Gonzaga student so influenced by Fuller’s extraordinary ability to combine the arts in such an illustrative way. Pignolet combined her love of dance and visual
art to paint modern dance movement ingrained in her journey at Gonzaga and beyond. Bridget Eastwood (’17) garnered inspiration from drawings of human figures and animal skulls – and from four years of studying biology. Art minor Carley Schmidt (’17) earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an additional philosophy minor.

And these are only a small sampling of the students’ interests and pursuits apart from art.

In addition to Pignolet, Sandpoint, Idaho; Eastwood, San Diego; and Schmidt, Yakima, Washington; other student artists featured in the exhibition were: Abigale Anderson, Mead, Washington; Emily Dittig, Bellevue, Washington; Natalie Hoebing, Scottsdale, Arizona; Charlie Kittridge, Duvall, Washington; Lucia Lecce, Richmond, California; Alyssa Severson, Portland, Oregon; Madeline Sloan, Oroville, California; and MiLinda Smith, Spokane.

 

 

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