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Exhibit features artworks by candidates for the BFA in studio art degree at Appalachian

BOONE—The BFA Senior Studio Exhibition: Spring 2009 will be on display in Appalachian State University’s Catherine Smith Gallery April 30-May 8. The gallery is located in Farthing Auditorium. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 828-262-7338. A reception for the artists will be held May 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.
The exhibition includes work by 10 candidates for the bachelor of fine arts in studio art degree and is composed of a variety of materials including painting, ceramics, metals, prints, photographs and found objects.

Artists represented are Jackson Campbell, Alex Carter, Kerri Chambers, Rebecca B. Farris, Kristin Foley, Heather Lela Graham, Charlotte R. Jennings, Zach Lindley, Heather Owens, and Ben Wesemann.

For the past year, these students have worked with Margaret Yaukey, a professor in the Department of Art. “Each semester the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at Catherine Smith Gallery gives the Department of Art, the university and the community an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating BFA studio seniors,” Yaukey said. “The depth, breadth and diversity of ideas encompassed by these works is inspiring and a testament to the talent and devotion of each of these young artists.”

About the artists:

Atlanta, Ga., native Jackson Campbell will complete his BFA degree in studio art with a concentration in painting in May. He works predominantly with acrylic, spray paint and enamel.  His work is focused on the convergence of science and spirituality. In his paintings, he explores, draws parallels, and challenges the many ideas and issues behind this convergence. The concepts behind his work are developed from research into mandalas, sacred geometry, physics, the Mayan Calendar, the year 2012, the Occult and theories pertaining to the rapid changes currently taking place within the world and the human psyche. He had a solo show at the
Looking Glass Gallery in Plemmons Student Union this spring.

Alex Carter was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He will complete his BFA degree in studio art with a concentration in sculpture in May. Carter’s work addresses the deforestation in Watauga County, as well as around the world.  He sculpts animal-like creatures from lumber that he gathers from construction site waste piles. The creatures, once assembled and united, stand as the Forestation Militia protecting those trees fortunate enough to be left standing. Carter has exhibited his work in a solo show at the Nth Gallery in Boone. He also has been invited to show his work at Archer Graphics in the monthly Art Walk held in Carrboro.

Kerri Chambers is from Burlington. She will earn a BFA degree in studio art with a concentration in photography in May. Living in North Carolina her entire life has created a desire to travel and experience the unknown.  The “unknown” is an idea often reflected in her art, whether through photographs or paintings.  Other themes throughout her work are growth, the mystical, and the beauty of detail. Her recent work ranges from detailed images of the human eye to capturing a glimpse of the life of the elderly during an ordinary day.  As an artist, Chambers is fascinated with entering into the unfamiliar, whether it be a stranger’s recollection or a dream world in which she does not exist. Chambers’ work was included in Art Expo 2009 in the Catherine Smith Gallery.

Rebecca B. Farris of Raleigh will receive a BFA degree in studio art with double concentrations in painting and photography in May. She will be graduating with Department of Art Honors. Farris pays close attention to detail and is fascinated with the connection between form and meaning. She has recently explored the loss of library book due date cards. Using collected cards, rubber stamps and screen printing, she creates a sense of repetition while still integrating variety within her current work. Farris received an Appalachian State University Purchase Award from Plemmons Student Union this year. She is a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society.  She had her first solo exhibition, “Four and Nine,” in 2008 at the university’s Looking Glass Gallery.  Her work has been included in Art Expo in 2008 and 2009, at the Catherine J. Smith Gallery and HalloweeNth VIII at The Nth Gallery in Boone in

Kristin Foley is from Cuba, New York. She will complete a BFA degree in studio art with concentrations in ceramics and printmaking in May. She is a double major and is also working toward a second BFA in graphic design. Her recent body of work has been a response to some newly formed health issues and the personal growth that has emerged in overcoming them.  When presented with these life-altering health conditions, she was sought alternative methods for her healing and discovered traditional Chinese medicine in the form of acupuncture.  Foley’s work incorporates a layering of media, meaning and material in order to represent the way our lives shape who we are. Her recent gallery inclusions have been at the ArtSpace Gallery in Boone 2004, the Student Printmakers Exhibition at the Jones House in Boone in 2004 and Art Expo at the Catherine Smith Gallery in 2005 and 2009.  Local displays of her work can be found at the Vetro Law Office in Boone and Inflicted Images Tattoo Studio in Fleetwood.  Foley’s work is also online at

Heather Lela Graham of Asheville will complete a BFA degree in studio art with concentrations in both printmaking and ceramics in May. Graham’s current work deals with the stories of women who have found inner strength through external and internal struggles. She combines her technical skills as a printmaker and book artist with an organic approach to ceramic construction.  Graham was selected for the Print Dialogue Days juried printmaking exhibition in 2007 and Art Expo in 2008 and 2009.  In 2007, Belk Library and Information Commons purchased her Trochilidae Series.  She was also awarded the Kabatnik Memorial Scholarship.

Charlotte R. Jennings is from Panama City, Fla. She will complete her BFA degree in studio art with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry design in May. Having beautiful things in one’s life is something everyone should be able to experience.  In Jennings’s body of work, “Life Journey,” the ordinary but exquisite is meant to embellish the owner’s life with a little bit of beauty and to encourage contemplation. Whether drinking from silver, gazing into a mirror with uncertainty, engaging in the everyday battle of the business of life, or remembering the influence of those who have passed into eternity, every piece in “Life Journey” gives reason for reflection.
Jennings received the award for Outstanding Student of Craft Design in 2006 at Gulf Coast Community College. She is a member of the National Scholars Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma, the Society of North American Goldsmith and the Society of American Silversmiths.  Her work was included in Catherine Smith Gallery’s Art Expo 2009.

Zach Lindley is from Sanford. He will complete his BFA degree in studio art with a double concentration in ceramics and sculpture in May. Responding to nostalgic themes of childhood, and the relationships created by adults with objects of the past, Lindley has produced a window display for the Appalachian Antique Mall. The site-specific installation combines ceramic art with antique children’s toys and objects. Viewers are encouraged to make connections between the joy of child’s play, and the way in which we involve ourselves with reminders of our history.

Heather Owens was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but has spent the majority of her life east of the “corn state.” She will receive a BFA degree in studio degree with a concentration in printmaking in May. Owens’s work draws from her love of fairytales, comic books and the kinds of things that make a lot of people feel queasy and appalled.  Everything she makes is composed of charcoal. Owens’s work has been exhibited in Art Expo.

Ben Wesemann was born in St. Louis, Mo. He will complete his BFA degree in studio art with concentrations in sculpture and painting in May. He uses industrial materials to create large formal sculpture that reflect his faith.  He is researching and exploring how Christian art fits into the contemporary art world.  In using personal forms and materials instead of common images or symbols, Wesemann is trying to show that the “secular” world and the “Christian” world are just words and that there is just one world. Wesemann has exhibited his work in Art Expo exhibitions from 2006 through 2009 at Catherine Smith Gallery. He won an Art Expo Drawing Award and a Painting Award and a Plemmons Student Union Purchase Award in 2008. Other exhibitions include The Space Between at the Looking Glass Gallery in 2008 and On The Fence at Beanstalk in Boone in 2009. He will have his first solo show at the Court Street Gallery in Statesville this spring.