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Bachelor of fine arts students showcase their work at Foster Gallery May 9-15

| Joshua Thorson

The Foster Gallery in UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center hosted the second part of its exhibition of works by graduating bachelor of fine arts students from May 9-15. A reception with artists was held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

The nine exhibiting students earned comprehensive fine arts degrees from UW-Eau Claire in their areas of emphasis. All nine presented work that displays the knowledge, skill and craft they have amassed through their education.

The range of topics students investigated is as diverse as the students themselves. To help get you acquainted, we’ve included bios for each of the artists as a sneak peak to the show.

  • Marguerite Gilbertson, Eau Claire, is graduating with a major in sculpture and will be exhibiting work that embodies her personal struggles and experiences with anxiety. One piece is a musical collaboration with her brother, and another is a cast sculpture of her own body.
  • Mariah Hamm, Osceola, will present her work titled "Male Brassieres," which provokes conversations about societal norms — specifically the act of wearing a bra.
  • Sara Jessick, Green Bay, is a graphic design major. Her project is a photographic storyboard researching the physical and mental effects of promoting the arts while under intense political pressure.
  • Alexis Kucera, Lakeville, Minnesota, is a graduating graphic design major. Her work is a visual abstraction of sound, as it explores the relationship between her passion for music and love for design.
  • Madeline Ludtke, Stillwater, Minnesota, is a graduating illustration major. Her work includes a wordless picture book that tells the story of a girl longing for an adventure. The illustrations create a mysterious narrative while traveling through different wild, whimsical and imaginative places.
  • Daniella Painter, Granton, is graduating with majors in drawing and painting and in psychology. Currently, she is influenced by social stigmas and stereotypes regarding femininity. Her work explores materials and processes that can both reveal and obscure the body.
  • Lora Statz, Black Earth, is a graphic design major who will be presenting travel bags she developed as part of a travel bag brand. The bags, which together create the brand Roadtrip, produce an opportunity to encourage people to express their individual style by allowing them to customize their own travel bags.
  • Josh Thorson, Plymouth, Minnesota, is graduating with a major in graphic design and will be exhibiting his work on both the products and branding of a custom furniture company. The work examines the relationship between craft and craftsman, and the inimitable nature of wood grain.
  • Lydia Tradewell, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is a graduating graphic design major. Her exhibited work starts with a pen and ink sketch and results in imaginative, digitally illustrated greeting cards and prints.

More information on the exhibition can be found at BFA Exhibtion.