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MSU Texas art seniors show off final projects in exhibition

Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 7:22 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - The art students at MSU Texas spent their entire spring semester working on their final projects for the Senior Art Exhibition.

The exhibition is a chance for students to show off after four years of studying, so you can expect to see more than just paintings.

“Essentially, they have complete artistic freedom to do whatever they would like to in whatever discipline that they are interested in,” Steve Hilton, professor of ceramics and art education, said.

Some students push the envelope by mixing different kinds of art. Andi Newberry showed her personality by mixing ceramics with fabric in a few of her art pieces. Each piece has a symbolic meaning.

“The three pieces behind me in the middle kind of deal with a little bit more of the straightforward record keeping way that we think about memory. The two paintings on the end deal with a bit more dream-like memories,” Newberry said.

Fellow student Erica Pastorello took her inspiration from somewhere closer to home, her two children.

“My daughter inspired me in 2021 to start designing for children’s clothing, and so I opened my own small shop on Facebook and I have been freelancing my designs,” Pastorello said.

When Pastorello and her husband discovered most children’s clothes in stores aren’t as colorful and creative, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

“I believe that kids should be surrounded with bright and fun colors. They should be encouraged to be creative, and I want my designs to inspire my children and other children. So that’s kind of why I created this series,” Pastorello said.

Pastorello plans to continue with her freelance business in graphic design, and the Senior Art Exhibition is just one more way for her to show her work to the world.

There will be an opening reception on May 6, and the exhibition will run until May 13. It’s available for people to visit at the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery in the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts.

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