Rose Sweeney, Contributing Writer
Over the weekend, as the rest of the school raucously enjoyed itself at Spring Formal, unmentionable competitions in Old Mill, brewery tours, etc., the art majors were hard at work frantically finishing their shows and installing them in various locations around campus. Now, all of the shows are up, and the closing receptions are next Friday, May 9. You’re sure to stumble upon a few of these shows in the next two weeks, but I encourage you to attend the receptions and make your way to the isolated art village.
The art majors have worked for many long, strenuous months on these shows, and their receptions are an excellent opportunity not only to see great art, but also to interact with these University of Dallas artists. UD has a top-notch studio art program (ranked highly nationally), producing artists that are well versed in art history, the contemporary art scene and the skills demanded for their crafts. These shows are the culmination of their hard work for the past four years. Having roomed with a painter for these four years, I have witnessed all of the blood, sweat and tears.
It sometimes seems as though the art village is a separate entity, detached from the rest of the school. However, the art department is very much a part of UD and the mission of the university. The study and appreciation of art is an important aspect of a liberal arts education.
UD, in my opinion, is an ideal place to be a studio art major. You get a background in philosophy and art history and the opportunity to witness art in other forms, such as poetry and novels. Being able to participate in the liberal arts conversation is essential for an artist. Ideally, art students should build on the past while contributing to the future. UD produces excellent artists by giving its students an intellectual awareness, allowing them to make a meaningful commentary on the world.
I think a common impression people have of an artist is that of someone who is aloof, and maybe a little pretentious. This is not the case for the art majors. They are UD students who have been guided by the Core and the culture of UD in their search for truth. They are also brilliant. Their art is beautiful, provocative and compelling. The opportunity to discuss the work with the artists themselves, with the common foundation of the Core, is something liberal arts students should take advantage of. Take the time to come and learn more about art and enrich your education.
Here is a list of the studio art majors and their show locations: Abby Bagby — Fishbowl; John Beasley — Science Building; Olivia Cole — Gorman; Kat Dugyon — Braniff; Mary English — Upper Gallery; Judy Gallagher — Art History Building/Thompson Loggia; Brie Underhill — Upper Gallery; Rachel Vaske — Cap Bar; Brigid Vaughn — Art History Building/Thompson Loggia.
Two art history majors, Rachel Hiser and Monica Holman, will be presenting their theses on May 9 as well in the Art History Auditorium.