Huntington students to present senior art exhibit

An image created in Adobe Photoshop by Tyler Welker; the monkey is one of his digital media creations.
Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University will highlight the artistry of four seniors through the Graduating Visual Arts and Digital Media Arts Majors Exhibit titled “Telling Stories.”

The Robert E. Wilson Gallery in the Merillat Centre for the Arts will feature the exhibit from April 28 through May 9. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 3.

Tyler Welker, a digital media arts major from Wooster, Ohio, will showcase his character design and short stories in a variety of mixed digital media.

“I hope the audience gains enjoyment and mixed emotions from the short films and also is enticed by the design of my characters,” he said.

Neil Zehr, a digital media arts major from Elkhart, Ind., will highlight his short animated films with a focus on environments and lighting.

A digital media image by Neil Zehr
“I hope that those who view my work will see how environments and landscapes can tell a visual story just as much as characters can,” he said.

Kari Clark and Jonathan Enck, visual arts majors at Huntington University, also will exhibit their work. Clark is a graphic design major from Columbus, Ind., and Enck is a fine arts major from Warsaw, Ind.

A digital media image by Neil Zehr
Clark will exhibit a series of portrait photographs taken in a studio and outdoors, representing the personalities of each of the models. The medium is black and white photography. She also created both the writing and the artwork for a poetry book that she will display.

A poetry book with writing and artwork by Kari Clark
“I hope that people will look at the photos and understand the deeper emotion rather than just saying that is a nice photo,” Clark said. “And for the book, I want people to read it and see that they are not alone in this world, that everyone struggles with something no matter what it is or how big or small it is.”

Enck has dubbed his portion of the exhibit “Once upon a Time...” He will feature portraits of family and friends using the medium of gouache paintings on gessoed masonite. Thematically, they are all psychological portraits more interested in revealing the character Enck sees in the person or couple.

A gouache painting on gessoed masonite by Jonathan Enck
“The traits I’m emphasizing have been given a fantasy spin to allow me to connect to various other symbolic traditions such as Greek mythology, Biblical symbols and so on,” Enck said. “Ideally, a viewer will walk away not only understanding the sides of people I’ve exposed, but also attempting to see if these ideas fit within their own view of the world.”

The Graduating Visual Arts and Digital Media Arts Majors Exhibit is open to the public. The Robert E. Wilson Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., before and after all Merillat Centre performances, and by appointment. For further information, contact Barb Michel, interim gallery director, at (260) 359-4172.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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