The senior art exhibit featured in Shipman Library ran until April 5. The exhibit featured artwork by senior Courtney Brayman, Sarah Brooks, Benjamin Coffman, Christina Cranmer, Bridget Dill, Bailey Dolson, Brittany Hall, Carrie Kline, and Mariah Postlewait. Their work was featured in the Nicolay Heritage Room, Stubnitz Conference Room, and Valade Gallery. Each artist represented something different, all with a unique purpose.
First was Courtney Brayman. Brayman’s style emphasized color.
“I combine the realistic proportions seen in natural observation with the expressive massed color present in the work of impressionists,” said Brayman in her artistic statement.
Sarah Brooks wanted to connect her learning style to others through her art. She took inspiration from her childhood. She wanted to change how children looked at learning.
Brooks wanted to “bring children’s science concepts in an entertaining and informative matter,” she said in her artistic statement.
Benjamin Coffman wanted to leave his impression in the art world.
“My work is the expression of creative self and myself in that moment of creation,” said Coffman in his artist’s statement.
Fourth, there was Christina Cranmer. She focused on animals and people.
Specifically, Cranmer tried to capture the emotion of a person’s face on that of a face of an animal.
Cranmer uses black and white because, “it creates an emotional aspect that can be used as a focal point for the audience to concentrate on facial expressions,” she said in her artistic statement.
Bridget Dill had a special style different from others. It emphasized specific things that could trigger the inner emotions of a person.
Bailey Dolson worked with oil on canvas. It was apparent through Dolson’s artwork that sailing is a huge passion in her life. She has worked for a sailing magazine, and dreams of sailing Lake Michigan.
“Sailing is a love in my life,” said Dolson about her artwork.
Brittany Hall’s work was powerful. Hall’s pieces were massive oil/charcoals of people. Each drawing had a specific relationship to her as well. She began drawing at nine, and always found it enjoyable. Eventually, Hall decided she wanted to pursue art as a future.
Carrie Kleine’s work focused on photography. Her purpose was to show her strengths and weaknesses through a camera lens.
“I step behind the camera in order to capture a more uncontrolled or unplanned photo of myself,” said Kleine.
The final artist was Mariah Postlewait. Postlewait’s work was created through photography that portrayed an older time period. Each photo was set in black and white.
If you missed any of the seniors’ exhibits, you can contact them individually for viewing or purchases.