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BFA senior studio exhibition on display at Catherine J. Smith Gallery

BOONE—Appalachian State University presents the BFA Senior Studio Exhibition: Fall 2009 at Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Farthing Auditorium. The exhibition will be on view Dec. 3-11. It includes work by four candidates for the BFA in studio art. Gallery hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artists’ reception will be held Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.

Works in the show are composed of a variety of materials including painting, ceramics, photography and metals.

The artists are Lauren Jonas, Michelle Lavine, Stephanie Sims and Brandon Thompson, who have worked for the past year with Margaret Yaukey, a professor in the Department of Art.

Jonas is completing a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in photography and printmaking in December.  Her recent gallery inclusions are the Photographic Documentaries: Food and Hunger in North Carolina show at the Looking Glass Gallery in Plemmons Student Union and Art Expo at Catherine Smith Gallery in spring 2009. Currently Jonas’s work is on display at the UNC-Chapel Hill Administration Building in Chapel Hill.

Lavine will complete her BFA in studio art with a concentration in painting and a minor in psychology in December.  Lavine came to Appalachian from Jacksonville, Fla., and plans to remain in North Carolina after she graduates.

She incorporates a unique method of using tissue paper in conjunction with paint to expand the depth of color and create a texture that paint alone cannot achieve.

Sims will receive her BFA in studio art with concentrations in both painting and metalsmithing/ jewelry design in December. Sims uses commonly found, organic, decaying objects and combines them with metal to create jewelry and mixed media compositions.

In 2008, Sims received the Plemmon’s Student Union Purchase Award. In Art Expo 2009, she won Best in Show for the Juror’s Selection, Best Painting for the Juror’s Selection, Best Drawing for the Faculty Selection, and the Student Selection for Best Painting and Best Drawing.

Thompson will earn a BFA in studio art with a concentration in ceramics in December.   His sets of functional pottery are fired in a wood-burning kiln with soda ash that is introduced during the firing.

Thompson participated in a group show at the Nth Gallery in Boone in December 2007. He completed summer internships with potters Ken Sedberry in 2007 and Ron Slagle in 2008 and worked as an assistant to Mark Peters for a wood firing workshop in June 2009.

“The bachelor of fine arts exhibition at Catherine J. Smith Gallery provides the Department of Art, the Boone community, parents, family and friends an opportunity to gather together and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating BFA studio students,” Yaukey said. “The diverse work to be shown by this group of seniors will encompass a wide range of ideas, formats, materials and processes.  It promises to be an exciting exhibit of which the graduating students can be proud.”