March 31, 2021
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator
Artist: Elliott Ingram
Artist: Madelynn Tahsler
Artist: Sophia Dong
VALDOSTA – The Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery at Valdosta State University presents “Living in Color”, a virtual recognition of 20 graduate students from the Department of Art and Design at www.vsugallery.org. The exhibition opens on Sunday April 18.
“Living in Color” presents a variety of two and three dimensional works spanning multiple mediums – paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, graphics, printmaking, book art, ceramics, jewelry and metalwork – by Jadah Alford, Lo Baker , Rasheem Callender, Daniel Carter, Caroline Closson, Jennifer Delabra, Sophia Dong, Elliot Ingram, Thuy Le, Joellyn Mak, Christian Perry, Arielle Ramey, Isabelle Redenius, Nalla Roberts, Camille Sowell, Jenni Steltenpohl, Madelynn Tahsler, Alex Walden, Malik Williams, and Hannah Wynn.
All students are art majors who plan to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree in May.
“The work featured in ‘Living in Color explores the use of art as a medium of communication,” the graduates shared in their class statement. “This communication can reside in itself as a deeper personal exploration or shine through. with the ability to share our unique experiences in life. Each of us sees the world through such diverse perspectives. This is found in works that express the versatility of the body, the difficulties of living as a person of color in America and the duality of nature.
“Our title, ‘Living in Color,’ represents each of us as unique individuals and artists, and although these colors are different, we can still find appeal in them. Each of us is at different times in our lives, and we each have unique experiences that make us beautiful in our own way. Artists have an exceptional way of seeing the world, tending to see it as it should be rather than as it is. In an age when the world is dark and gray, as artists we aim to brighten up the world by choosing to live in color.
The senior spring exhibition for art majors is usually held inside the Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery at VSU. However, due to the ongoing global health crisis and restrictions on social gatherings, the exhibit has been moved online to allow these students to showcase their work and celebrate years of patience, courage, creativity and of determination.
Fans of “Living in Color” are invited to return to the virtual gallery on Monday April 26 to view each student-artist’s personal video presentation and learn more about their work, as well as their ideas and processes.
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