Two Holy Cross students received prizes for their artwork at the eighth annual Colleges of Worcester Consortium Student Art Exhibition. Lauren Wright ’12, of Biglerville, Pa., won second prize for her sculpture “Expose” and an honorable mention went to Michael Auth ’14, of Chatham, N.J., for his photo “Pomegranate #3.”
The show runs through March 1 at ARTSWorcester’s Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St.
Students from eight area colleges submitted 227 artworks in a variety of mediums. Susan Heideman, professor of art at Smith College, selected 88 works for the juried show. A total of 18 works by Holy Cross students are on exhibit.
“It’s wonderful to see so many students taking the initiative to apply to the ArtsWorcester college exhibition,” says Michael Beatty, associate professor of art and studio division head at Holy Cross. “A juried group show is always competitive and young artists are taking a risk putting their work into that selection process. It’s good to see that the work included by Holy Cross students is across a wide range of mediums including drawing, sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking. For me this reflects the overall strength of the visual arts program and the tremendous dedication and talent of our students.”
Wright, a studio art major in the Teacher Education Program, created “Expose” as part of last semester’s Sculpture course taught by Beatty. The piece consists of a long piece of dead wood (bark attached) sliced in half vertically, another long piece of wood cut horizontally into cross sections (stripped of bar) and inserted into the wood perpendicularly to the former sections forming a zipper-like object.
“The piece is titled ‘Expose’ because the interior of the trees are sliced open in a way that exposes the tree’s vulnerability, yet it also exposes the viewer to the beauty of the patterning of the rings and the fungus within,” she says.
The Holy Cross students who have their artwork on display, along with the titles, are:
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