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Art Students Exhibit Work Alongside Professors in Distinctive Exhibit
03.21.13 |

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Art & art history students Lea Laslow ’13 and Taylor Saraiva ’14 were invited to showcase their artwork in a unique exhibition titled, “Course and Discourse: An Exhibition of Professor and Student Artwork,” through May 5 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The project is organized by the Susquehanna Art Museum’s DōSHI Gallery.

The exhibition features the work of students and faculty members from local universities; students work was influenced by the work of their professors.

“‘Course and Discourse’ has provided Lea and Taylor with an opportunity to exhibit their work in a museum exhibition; by showing with a select group, they are demonstrating the strength of the LVC art & art history program,” said Michael Pittari, chair of the art &and art history department.

Laslow’s work, shown at right, will be presented alongside adjunct art professor Karen Beall’s art.

“Professor Beall and I have a similar sculpture style and draw from the same inspiration of the natural world,” Laslow said. “Most of my artwork is strongly influenced by nature and has a very organic feel to it.”

For Laslow, the opportunity to have her work on exhibition is especially exciting.

“I am ecstatic that Professor Beall invited me to exhibit with her in the show; this is the first show outside of LVC I have been invited to participate in. This opportunity will give me experience in exhibiting my work, which I hope to continue throughout my career as a studio artist,” Laslow said.

After graduation, Laslow has aspirations to work in a ceramic studio — not only to create art ¬— but also to invoke passion for the arts in others by teaching lessons.

Saraiva’s work will be presented alongside that of Michael Pittari.

“Taylor’s approach to abstraction is similar to mine: her paintings are created in a very tactile manner and she invests her work with a personally meaningful symbol system that evokes literary and spiritual associations,” Pittari said.

“My work is in direct response to my father’s overall transformation through Parkinson’s disease. My father has experienced transformation of both physical and mental hardships; those hardships are recreated in my five paintings. The green color in each painting reflects hope that is symbolic of the green on a Portuguese flag, where my father was born,” Saraiva said.

Upon graduation, Saraiva plans to work as a scenic designer, so she never thought she would create abstract art — that notion changed once she came to college, and she has enjoyed creating it ever since.

“It’s one thing to have your work create a personal satisfaction for yourself. The idea that I was chosen to exhibit in this show is truly a treasured and humbling event,” Saraiva said.

The mission of the exhibit is to engage the numerous programs of Central Pennsylvania’s higher education institutions. Participating institutions also include Franklin & Marshall College, Millersville University, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Messiah College, Elizabethtown College, and Wilson College.

Images courtesy of Susquehanna Art Museum.

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