Senior Exhibition opens at Bates Museum of Art

Thirteen Bates College seniors will show their work in the annual Senior Exhibition, on view April 7 through May 28 at the Bates College Museum of Art. The exhibition opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Bates Museum of Art. Also on view will be “Inner Perspectives,” curated by Bates Museum of Art intern Lana Vogestad and featuring artists from the Peregrine Press. The public is invited to attend, and admission is free for the reception and both exhibitions.

Visitors to the Senior Exhibition will be treated to a broad range of media, including sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics and quilts. Kate Burakowski of Derry, N.H., has made a sculptural installation that addresses her personal response to issues of homelessness. Joseph Guanci of Burlington, Mass., will feature a series of large color photographs that are a record of the social world a group of his friends inhabit. Anna Israelsson of Seattle, Wash., has made quilts that are pictorial and diaristic. Marin Magat of Chapel Hill, N.C., will feature large-scale drawings that incorporate figurative and abstract elements with handwriting. Adam Masterman of Phillips, Maine, will feature paintings that juxtapose images of Asian art with images that address the United States’ involvement in southeast Asia.

Weston Noyes of Salt Lake City, Utah, will feature a series of constructions that combine imagistic, painted panels with materials ranging form acoustical ceiling tiles to sheets of glass. Alexis Revilock-Frost of York, Maine, made a series of large gestural abstract paintings that investigate the relationships between drawing and painting. Paige Kobert of Hackettstown, N.J., will feature fabric paintings, using brightly colored material she hand dyed. Christine Sugrue of Milford, Conn., will display a series of large gestural drawings that fragment her face and can be read as psychological self-portraits. Adam Thompson of Portland, Maine, has worked on groupings of functional ceramics that are strongly influenced by Japanese artists working in the early 20th century. Katherine Whitney of Bar Harbor, Maine, has drawn a series of portraits of friends and acquaintances from the Bates community. Lana Vogestad of South Salem, N.Y., will feature paintings on foam rubber egg crate material that include brightly colored butterflies from a novelty shop. Jessica Young of Thetford, Vt., has painted on large maps, using systematic patterning that responds to and contradicts the systems on the maps themselves.

“The Senior Exhibition is one of our perennial favorites,” said Anthony Shostak, education coordinator at the Bates College Museum of Art. “The work on view is selected from focused explorations of specific themes and media. Without fail, the diversity and freshness of the work attracts thousands of visitors.”

“Inner Perspectives,” located downstairs in the Bates College Museum of Art, will feature prints by 13 artists of the Peregrine Press, including “Piper with Sphinx” by Susan Amons, “Summerwood” by Dale Lewis, “My Heart/My Drum” by Peter Spano and “Geothe’s Poem” by Kate Chappel. Vogestad, a studio art major at Bates, says most of the prints are monotypes and represent a variety of styles and approaches, and that she selected works based on their “consistent painterly quality and the manner in which they complement each other.” Vogestad curated “Inner Perspectives” as an intern with the Bates College Museum of Art and plans to pursue a career in curatorial work.

Regular hours at the Bates College Museum of Art are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Guided tours for schools and other groups are welcome. Call 207-786-6158 for more information.

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