Student art exhibit showcases talent

Pieces of stained, painted sculpture have taken up residence in the Fine Arts Building gallery.

“Stain Resistant,” the senior art exhibit at St. Edward’s University, fills the gallery to the brim with colorful installations, paintings and mixed media pieces.

On any given day, a gallery-goer might see an art appreciation class using the art to demonstrate crucial design principles, or they might see a lone person browsing the works of art.

The wide array of subjects and concentrations within the pieces are meant to leave each viewer with something different.

A book of artist statements is available for viewers to read, or viewers may formulate their own interpretations of the artwork. The interpretations contain information on the artists’ personal journey, as well as background information on their featured piece.

For example, Julia McNutt’s “Songs in Distress #3” primarily resembles a whimsical array of delicate birds and song notes; but upon reading her statement, you’ll find that a part of her inspiration is to preserve songbirds in Texas.

There are all types of media represented in the exhibit. Rianna MacMillan’s “A Better Daughter” is prominently displayed in a corner — an intricate display of scorching red flowers hanging on delicate fishing line, surrounding a stark white sculpted torso.

Liz Newkirk’s “The Pundit” sits on a pedestal in the middle of a gallery. The highly-detailed clay head sculpture is widely open to interpretation. Its detail and intricacy keeps viewers hooked and looking closely.

Ali Goodman’s “Pelagic Beauty” series may simply look like an intricate and meticulously crafted compilation of sea creatures, but, according to her artist’s statement, she crafted it so it can be this and more. It reflects her love for all things relating to the sea, as well as her love for and dedication to marine conservation.

Although the stress and pressure of finals might make it hard to find time for anything else but studying, a well-deserved indulgence in great art could be a good study break. The exhibit runs until May 14.