Dateline: April 9, 2019
“LOOK,” Athens State University’s bi-annual showcase of its studio art, art education, and graphic design seniors, is set to open on Tuesday, April 30 at the Alabama Center for the Arts. This semester’s show will feature seven seniors whose work represents a wide variety of media including photography, painting, graphic design and print. “LOOK” will be on display through Friday, May 17, with a closing reception that evening from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This will be one of the highlights of Decatur’s Downtown 3rd Friday.
“I always find it interesting each semester to see the overarching themes each student explores in their body of work and how those come to fruition in new and exciting ways in varied media,” said faculty show organizer, Dr. Mary Beth Johns. “The students’ investigations of topics and technical skill during their time at Athens State are reflected in these works of art, and it is my desire to help them present that work in the best way possible for the public to enjoy their accomplishments.”
The students featured this spring come from a variety of backgrounds, and their work explores a wide range of themes. Daniel Barr, from Rogersville, Alabama, explores the large scale of the world through the small perspective of a toy in his macrophotography.
Hannah Clemons of Decatur, Alabama works in many media, including paint, printmaking, and digital illustration. Her work makes icons of otherworldly looking disproportionate people with elegant, but creepy, features.
Pamela Phelps of Huntsville, Alabama creates digital oil paintings that free the zoo animals she uses as subjects from their cages when she places them in new fantastical environments of colorful fantasy habitats.
Allie Isbell, a Tennessee native, paints her surroundings by focusing on southern themes of cotton, barns, fields, and livestock on her large-scale acrylic canvases with rich deep textures.
Korie Peek of Joppa, Alabama sees art as a way to express her sense of humor, which she believes is the best medicine. Her work varies in media and subject matter, from a close face-to-face with a crazy ostrich to a cow peeking out a window.
A native of Florence, Alabama, Hannah Richardson considers things like time period hair, fashion, flowers, and color scheme to put a contemporary spin on them when creating her feminine, water-colored beauties such as her “Flower Girl” series.
Shelby Singleton mixes traditional portrait styles with modern elements to explore gender roles and sexuality by juxtaposing femininity, such as in her “Disney Queens” series.