The Wells College Art Department is proud to announce this year’s Senior Thesis Exhibition. The show consists of the culminating works by Wells’ senior Visual Arts: Studio Art majors Alaina Kelahan, Jasmine Milton, Rebecca Rodas, and Yakeima Simms. The public is invited to attend the opening reception in the String Room Gallery on Monday, May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. where they will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. As always, light refreshments will be served. For those interested who cannot attend the opening, the show will run through May 21st, open by appointment.
Alaina Kelahan (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been working primarily in digital photography since the beginning of her college career. Her current work showcases her interest in small details and fine textures, and is presented specifically to reflect her passion for macro photography. Inspired by a number of contemporary fine-art photographers, she uses various food items to demonstrate the relationship between beauty and imperfection.
Jasmine Milton (Boston, Mass.) is a multi-disciplinary artist. In her current work she uses dance and charcoal to create large-scale, expressive works on paper. She works with dancers to choreograph responses to musical and emotional prompts, leaving behind marks that capture the moment at which they feel most uninhibited.
Rebecca Rodas (Norwalk, Conn.) has been fueled through the emotional and healing processes of art. Inspired by the Pattern and Decoration Movement she uses lace and embroidery to decorate latex paint as a way to embody her frustration about gender inequality in the art world. Rebecca will be attending the School of Visual Arts in the fall to obtain her master’s degree in art therapy and aid others in mental well being through art practices.
Yakeima Simms (Brooklyn, N.Y.) developed her passion for the arts after attending many youth art programs in NYC at institutions such as the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Museum, and Parsons School of Design. In her current work, she uses typography and flat black silhouettes of black men and women to focus on the importance of their beauty and strengths, while her text reflects the struggles of black men and women overcoming the stigmas inflicted on them. Yakeima plans to pursue graduate studies in Curatorial Practices in the near future.
The String Room Gallery is a center for the exhibition of contemporary art in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It is located on the Wells College campus in the southwest corner of the first floor of Main Building. Hours are Tuesday - Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information about the show at Wells, please see the gallery’s website at www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery or contact Professor Katie Waugh at 315.364.3237.