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“One Hot Mess” Highlights Talent of FSU’s Art Students
04/09/2007

“One Hot Mess” Highlights Talent of FSU’s Art Students
From left to right, Elliot Wright, Mandy Martz, Meggin Bittner and Robert Guevara.
The public is invited to check out the talents of four innovative art students who work in a variety of different media during “One Hot Mess,” the first of five exhibitions organized by student artists at Frostburg State University. “One Hot Mess” opens with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, at FSU’s Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery and will remain on view through April 18. The show features work by Meggin Bittner, Robert Guevara, Mandy Martz and Elliott Wright.

“The title ‘One Hot Mess’ I think really emphasizes how we execute things,” Wright said. “Sometimes we are clueless about certain things and follow things blindly, with an unenlightened eye—what ends up happening is, of course, one hot mess! So in short, it really reflects our personalities.”

Bittner works primarily with photography and sculptural prints that address current social issues. She is attending the Master of Arts in Teaching program at FSU and plans to teach after getting her degree. Eventually, Bittner aspires to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in textiles.

Guevara employs steel, wood and stone derivatives (e.g. glass, concrete, porcelain), as well as various printmaking techniques to create forms that express a sociological narrative and a concept of interconnection. Guevara has been accepted into the M.F.A. sculpture program at Towson University.

The narratives in Martz’s images are derived from personal experiences and people she knows, yet most of her images emphasize pure composition and form. Martz plans to graduate in December 2007.

Wright’s body of work consists of large mixed-media photographic emulsion and oil paint that addresses an introverted exploration into the internal dialogue, personal identity and underlying aspects of the human condition. Wright plans to attend graduate school and to pursue a career in studio art.

The Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery has free admission and is open to the public Sunday through Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information about the exhibition, please contact FSU Department of Visual Arts at (301) 687-4797.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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