Samatha Synder, Ray Muir, and Melissa May Beutler are three of the few students getting the chance to be a part of the student art exhibits around campus.
There are two small galleries on campus. One of them is in the Humanities Building attached to the main gallery (also known as The Alt Space). The other small gallery can be found in the Eccles Building of Performing Arts (also known as the Annex.)
Some students may have had the opportunity to check out Samantha Synder’s Hail Mary exhibit, which was shown in the Annex from February 8-19.
Synder shares her story about working towards her Associates of Fine Arts and how it inspired her to create Hail Mary. “A lot of times, life got in the way. Getting this AFA is a big deal, being able to continue [my education] is what I have always wanted. Some stars have aligned allowing me to continue. I’m just waiting for the last thing to fall into place…which is getting accepted into an MFA program… I’m going for the Hail Mary.”
If Badgers missed Synder’s Hail Mary, they shouldn’t worry too much. Beutler’s INTROSPECTION IS will be shown from February 22-March 5 in the Annex, and Muir’s LUMINATE is being shown in the Alt Space from February 18-26.
Beutler shares, “[INTROSPECTION] is about the turmoil of deciding what you truly want in life. The hesitancy to choose something for yourself away from what your family wants. I also address the topic of homosexuality in a heavily religious community.”
Muir shares their inspiration for creating LUMINATE. “LUMINATE is a show about my personal identity and growth. Throughout my life, I’ve used symbolism like ocean waves, boats, and lighthouses to make comparisons to myself and how I’ve felt. It’s directly inspired by the nautical themes I’ve always been drawn to, and the struggles I’ve had to become who I am now and who I hope to be in the future.”
These exhibits are free for the most part. All one needs to give is a little bit of their time.