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Students to present BFA art exhibit
Dec. 3-12 in Foster Gallery

RELEASED: Nov. 24, 2010

'Masquerade' by Dana Sterzinger
'Masquerade,' an oil-on-canvas painting by Dana Sterzinger, is among the student works to be displayed Dec. 3-12 during the Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidates Senior Show in UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery.

EAU CLAIRE — The Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidates Senior Show Dec. 3-12. Ten students who are candidates for bachelor of fine arts degrees will display their work. A public reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 11 in the gallery.

Michelle Beebe, Ellsworth, will exhibit graphic design as a medium. The work will be presented in printed materials such as books, posters, promotional campaign materials and potential signs/packaging. Beebe's style focuses on typography.

Colin Hall, Bloomington, Minn., will exhibit his painting in the form of oil, watercolor and gouache. Hall said his work "seeks to understand the ways we create and define ourselves."

"Through the language of abstraction, the images transcend their specificity and evoke an emotional and personal response from the viewer," Hall said.

Amanda Obenhoffer, De Pere, will exhibit promotion work that focuses on the causes of family farms becoming extinct. The style reflects the major influences of the artist's Midwestern background.

Cory Ploessl, Deerfield, will exhibit a hand-assembled shanty house he fashioned from what he refers to as "locally scavenged materials." Ploessl recently lived in the shanty for seven days with little to no creature comforts in a performance on campus meant to call attention to the millions of people in the world, mostly in developing countries, who live in similar conditions. Ploessl's exhibit includes documentation of the performance through photos and video. According to Ploessl, the style "focuses on the ideas of empathy and understanding, which will contrast the representation of boundaries people put between one another."

Dana Sterzinger, Marshfield, will exhibit abstract paintings in oil and acrylic paint on a canvas. The style will focus on the paint's viscosity and gravitational pull.

"The process is one of alchemy," Sterzinger said. "The resulting composition is reminiscent of nebula materials created by the celestial pull of gravity."

Lydia Gantert, Wausau, will exhibit photographs and a video based on dream imagery. Her work demonstrates a surrealistic quality with a strong focus on lighting.

Theresa Hanson, Durand, will exhibit illustrative painting, mainly in a water-based medium accompanied by clothing. Hanson focuses on the function of clothing within a specific environment and finds clothing to be an outward expression of the wearer.

Ben Larson, Hudson, will exhibit a video projection installation along with various printed materials. The style will focus on a unique and individual experience.

Megan Ekenstedt, Chippewa Falls, will exhibit a series of photographs of surreal images that will incorporate various natural elements and the human form.

Stacie Weisse, Ashwaubenon, will exhibit a variety of wallpaper and wallpaper designs in a variety of print media. The style will focus on the creation of natural environments by use of twisting fruits and vegetables.

"With the influence of William Morris and many other past artists who have produced wallpaper, I intend to construct environments that remind the viewer of the world beyond the wall," Weisse said.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information about gallery exhibits, contact Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener at 715-836-2328.

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