Senior Thesis Exhibition, display of Polish posters open April 4 at Museum of Art

"Ashley," an oil painting by Mahala Sacra, on display in the Senior Thesis Exhibition.

An oil painting by Mahala Sacra ’14, “Ashley” is on display in the 2014 Senior Thesis Exhibition.

Ten studio art majors at Bates College show work from their yearlong thesis projects in the annual Senior Thesis Exhibition, which opens with a public reception at 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St.

This year’s Senior Thesis Exhibition artists are Sara El Assaad of Rye, N.Y; Logan Greenblatt of South Berwick, Maine; Singha Hon of New York City; Daniel Huston of Ramsey, N.J.; Kelly Kruger of Kasota, Minn.; Alexis Martinetti of Manchester, Mass.; Julie Polizzotto of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Mahala Sacra of Wayland, Mass.; Nicole Soroka of Houston; and Douglas Welsh of Rio de Janeiro.

"Cyrk" by Witold Janowski.

“Cyrk” by Witold Janowski is on display with other Polish posters at the Bates Museum of Art.

Showing concurrently with the senior exhibition is Polish Posters: Art and Allusion, an exhibition tracing the evolution of the influential graphic arts of Poland from the 1960s into the early 2000s.

The exhibition explores factors that won these works an international following and traces the evolution of Polish graphic arts during the transition away from communism.

The posters will be shown in the Museum’s Synergy Space Gallery, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., and in satellite galleries in Roger Williams Hall, 9 Andrews Road (Alumni Walk) and Hedge Hall, 7 Andrews Road.

In a related event, art scholar Beata Niedzialkowska offers a lecture titled Art on the Streets: The Polish Poster as Cultural Commentary at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Room 104 of the Olin Arts Center. A reception follows in the museum.

Both exhibitions run through May 24. Open to the public at no cost, museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and until 7 p.m. Wednesdays during the academic year. For more information, please contact 207-786-6158 or museum@bates.edu.

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