Exploring Aesthetics

Fourteen studio art majors from Bates College show work from their yearlong thesis projects in the annual Senior Exhibition. The show opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the Bates College Museum of Art, 75 Russell St.

The exhibition runs through May 30. Open to the public at no cost, the museum's regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please call 207-786-6158 or visit www.bates.edu/museum.xml.

The Senior Exhibition artists are:

H. Lincoln Benedict of Shaftsbury, Vt.;

Sarah Codraro of Hancock, Maine;

Hannah Davis of Bainbridge Island, Wa.;

Ryan Dean of Cranston, R.I.;

William Gardner of Waitsfield, Vt.;

Rachel Kaplan of Westport, Conn.;

Jessica Kase of Chappaqua, N.Y.;

Elise Kornack of Dover, Mass.;

Madeline McLean of Evergreen, Colo.;

Elizabeth Mitchell of Auburn, Maine;

Hwei Ling Ng of Selangor, Malaysia;

Tyler Schoen of Wilton, Maine;

Jason Tsichlis of Winchester, Mass.;

and Margot Webel of Locust Valley, N.Y.

As their senior thesis requirement, studio art majors at Bates create a substantial and cohesive body of work through studio practice and critical inquiry. The yearlong process is overseen by faculty and culminates in this exhibition.

The requirement allows students to develop independence and consistency. They achieve greater depth with their artwork and learn to work both critically and productively.Student artist Elise Kornack ;09 of Dover, Mass., (in orange print dress) with her parents Margaret and Fulton, and her brother Evan '06 (in dark turtleneck), looking at Elise's work.

The 2009 Annual Senior Exhibition focuses on the works of 14 artists whose images explore aesthetic issues raised in their training.This exhibition traditionally attracts a large crowd, including students, faculty, staff, parents and members of the community.

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