“Ignite” Art Show at Liberty University

“Ignite” art show shows off senior’s work (Print)

by Benjamin Lin

Liberty University’s senior-level art students had their work on display at the Ignite Exhibition, which opened Nov. 13 in the LU Art Gallery.

Taking place on the fourth floor of DeMoss Hall, the exhibition showcased the artwork and projects of 15 graduating studio art majors. Styles ranged from paintings to pottery, photography to character illustration.

“The turnout was phenomenal,” Senior Cassie Foster said. Foster is an employee of the Studio Arts and Digital Arts Department (SADA), as well as a photographer for the event. “This fall we hired a gallery coordinator who has expanded our social media and exposure across Virginia. At this event alone we had over 250 people attend.”

Artists stood by the displays and spoke with guests as they explored the gallery. Artist Uriah Atwood took things a step further, dressing in an apocalyptic-themed costume to match his works, complete with a full gasmask.

“Attendees absolutely loved the show,” Foster said. “We received so many compliments on our set up, and the artists this year were incredible. This has definitely been the best studio art exhibit yet! It had the greatest amount of diversity compared to our other studio arts exhibits.”

The event, which began at 6 o’clock, was packed with attendees from start to finish, all exploring the room from corner to corner.

“The variety is great,” Senior Adam Wilmouth said. “There’s a little bit of everything. And it’s all really good.”

Wilmouth, a graphic design major, attended the event to support his friend, photographer Hillary Wright.  Wright, an art major, stood with her family as attendees inspected her folk-themed photos.

Attendee Benjamin Thorn was dazzled by the sculptures. “I really love 3D models. I’m pretty sure this is the first time the gallery’s ever had anything like it. I hope they have more!”

This event comes after a highly successful gallery which displayed the work of comic book artist Sergio Cariello. That event was the second this fall which showcased the art of a comic artist. Lee Weeks, a seasoned comic artist, visited in Sept.

The Ignite Senior Studio Arts Exhibit was one of the last to take in 2014. It was followed by the Permanent Collection, which will remain open until next year. 2015 promises many more displays from the art gallery. These will include several more exhibits of senior art student’s work, which means anyone who missed the Ignite event will have another chance.

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SADA office “Ignites” enthusiasm for art (Web)

by Benjamin Lin

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  • “Ignite” senior art exhibition opened Nov. 13
  • showcased the work of LU art major in their senior year
  • drew records numbers

An all-time high attendance at their Nov. 13 opening proved that the Studio Arts and Digital Arts Department (SADA) was on to something.

Held in their art gallery on the 4th floor of DeMoss Hall at Liberty University, the “Ignite” Senior Studio Art Exhibit drew record numbers of attendees. Over 250 people turned up at 6 p.m. for the opening of the exhibition, reported Cassie Foster, a SADA worker.

“The turnout was phenomenal. This fall, we hired a gallery coordinator who has expanded our social media and exposure across Virginia,” Foster said.

This is the latest of several high profile art exhibits the SADA team has put together this semester, including displays by renowned comic book illustrators Lee Weeks and Sergio Cariello.

“This is a really nice environment. Like, it just really feels like a real gallery,” Sophomore Julia Whitt said. “This is the second show I’ve been to here this semester, and they’ve both been excellent.”

The big turnout had Foster excited for the future of the SADA department.

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An attendee speaks to photographer Eric Carson about his work. Photograph by Cassie Foster.

“We received so many compliments on our set up, and the artist this year were incredible. This has definitely been the best studio art exhibit yet! It had the greatest amount of diversity compared to our other studio arts exhibits.”

The “Ignite” show focused on the works of 15 arts department seniors presenting their work. Styles ranged from paintings to photography, and sculptures to portraiture.

All the artists were on hand to meet and talk to, and the show went until 8:30 p.m. From then, it remained open until Dec. 3.

For those who missed the show, there’s no need to worry, however. The growing success of Liberty’s art exhibits means that there will be plenty more to see in the spring semester. Four more shows are already scheduled, starting in January.

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Liberty art gallery presents art students’ achievements (Broadcast)

by Benjamin Lin

Click the link here for the news story. Apologies, the embed function was not working.

Liberty University’s Studio Arts and Digital Arts department has put the work of its senior arts students on display//

Fifteen students had the opportunity to present their art to the public/ and they certainly had an audience// The SADA office reported a record number of attendees on their opening night//

Art exhibits showcased everything from photography to sculpture to paintings.

If you happened to miss this exhibit/ don’t fret// The art department is planning on debuting several new shows next semester/ some with even more work from their seniors//

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