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‘Episodic’ Highlights FSU Student Talent in Visual Arts

‘Episodic’ Highlights FSU Student Talent in Visual Arts
“Episodic,” an exhibition of artwork by Frostburg State University seniors Caitlin MacDougall, David Baker, Paul Mahan and Kaitlyn Robinson, will be on view from Saturday, Dec. 6, through Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Stephanie Roper Fine Arts Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gallery.

MacDougall will graduate in December 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a studio focus in ceramics. To complement her undergraduate degree in art and design, MacDougall selected a minor in art history. MacDougall generally works with low fire earthenware, utilizing a large range of colors and textures. “My ceramics are not traditional pottery, they are sculptural works,” she said. “Using my hands and other tools for molding and constructing is a large part of my artwork. I want the viewer to be not only entertained by my creativity, but also inspired.”

MacDougall’s work was recently exhibited in the FSU President's Gallery, where it was awarded “Best in Show.” "It is highly unusual for a three-dimensional non-functional ceramics artwork to receive such an honor, and that speaks to the power of Ms. MacDougall's work," said Dustin Davis, organizer of the exhibition and a professor of visual arts at FSU.

Baker will receive his B.F.A. in art and design at the end of the fall 2008 semester. Baker’s specialty is acrylic painting. His paintings are illustrative, and he uses strong linear elements to enhance his subject. Baker will apply for the FSU Masters of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.) in spring 2009 and is hoping to complete his graduate degree during spring 2010. His goal is to enter the world of academia and teach art in either middle school or high school.

Mahan is also scheduled to graduate in December 2008. He will receive a B.F.A. in art and design with a concentration in painting and a minor in art history. His work combines painting and constructed objects that resemble shadow boxes. “My creations are focused through the media of wood, metal and paint (both acrylic and gouache), with a primary medium of glass,” he said. “The direction and charter of most of my work are carried out by the convergence of these mixed materials as well as the subject matter. I make them to be freestanding or mounted on the wall, and I like to produce smaller items over larger ones to preserve a more intimate and intriguing experience for the viewer.”

Robinson is an experienced graphic designer who has already secured a position with a local firm. While still a student at FSU, she worked part time as a graphic design assistant at Biederlack of America, where she helped develop new designs and marketing ideas for current and potential clients. Robinson is also an active member of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity and Phi Eta Sigma. Her graphics are influenced by Renaissance architecture and Hiberno-Saxon decorations as well as 20th-century Russian avant-garde design elements. Many of her works focus on symmetry, balance, harmony, or a combination of the three. This is apparent in her use of repetition of line, shape and color to create pattern in her attention to image placement to satisfy the eye’s need for visual harmony and interest points. She has a tendency to be abstract, yet her sense of abstractions seems to have a quality of precision directly related to her choice of medium. Robinson will be FSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Science’s student speaker for the University’s December commencement. She will receive her B.F.A. in art and design with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in art history.

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 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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