Photographs, web sites, caricatures and more featured in student art show

FOR RELEASE
2002-04-18

Huntington, Ind.— The Robert E. Wilson Gallery of the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington College presents “Works in Progress,” a senior art show featuring works of HC students, Summer Zimmer, Andy Kurzen and Julie Magrum. The show will run from April 22-May 3, 2002. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 6-8 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and before all Merillat Centre performances.

The collection of projects is in completion of each of their Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design. The title, “Works in Progress,” was chosen not in reference to the works displayed, but as a reflection of the artists’ development in their artistic skills, personal growth, and faith over the past four years at Huntington College.

Zimmer, a native of Huntington, Ind., includes several series of photographs and a 2003 calendar in the exhibit. The body of the photographic work focuses on different kinds of flowers as subject matter, but more importantly on different elements of design. The calendar, titled “A Year Gone By,” combines Zimmer’s hand-colored photographs of children with digital photographs of flower petals.

“While my imagery does involve the beauty of flowers, my objective is to create a beautiful photograph rather than a photograph that is of a beautiful object,” stated Zimmer. “The images in the calendar are meant to be universal, something that most people do as children so that when looking at the pictures as an adult, one can say, ‘Oh, remember when we used to wash the car, carve pumpkins, play with sparklers, etc.,’ thus the title, ‘A Year Gone By.’”

Kurzen, a native of Massillon, Ohio, presents two illustration-based projects. The first project is a short story in comic book form entitled, “Nevermind.” The artwork was drawn by hand and then scanned into a computer where it was manipulated and placed in panels with text. The second project is a series of caricatures of the Huntington College men’s basketball team, of which Kurzen is a member. All ten players from the 2001-02 national qualifying team are depicted as well as head coach Steve Platt and assistant coach Ryan Ripke. The caricatures were done with pen and ink and watercolor.

Magrum, a native of Northwood, Ohio, exhibits works that reflect her focus on a global area of interest within the graphic design discipline. The first body of work is a complete media system for the campus student group “Global Vision,” a Christian missions-focused group of which Magrum is involved. The works include identity design, business systems, brochures and the multimedia website. To tie into the first project, Magrum’s second work is an installation piece, also with a faith-based global focus. The piece, spanning 10’ x 10’, is a conglomeration of photographic images of both Huntington College students’ intercultural involvements and images of cultures which lack positive involvement. Laid within a global map, these images are tied together with different statements of her faith, which are the driving force behind her work and passion for intercultural awareness and involvement.

For further information about exhibits at the Robert E. Wilson Gallery, contact Huntington College art professor Rebecca Coffman at (219) 359-4272.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks Huntington among the best in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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