Fall senior show opens Dec. 3 in Fredonia’s Marion Art Gallery

Submitted photo Kayla Prigg’s “Betty,” oil on panel, 7.5 x 6 inches, is featured in the fall senior show “Expressive Theory” in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at the State University of New York at Fredonia from Dec. 3 to 9.

The fall senior show “Expressive Theory” opens at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at the State University at Fredonia with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

On display through Dec. 9, the exhibition includes artwork by four graduating seniors: Jaivanni Henegan (Drawing/Painting), Faith Kleese (Photography), Kayla Prigg of Silver Creek (Drawing/Painting), and Madeline Keenan (Drawing/Painting and Ceramics). The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibition participants chose the title “Expressive Theory” to describe what their artwork has in common — emotional health and memories. Expressive theory in art is a focus on portraying the unique, individual feelings and emotions of the artist or evaluating art according to those unique, individual feelings.

Prigg writes of her portrait series “After Death,” “each portrait has a gold leaf halo, some solid, some ringed, and some more distorted than others. The halo represents the idea that you do not know if the person in the portrait is dead, alive, or even real.”

“Expressive Theory” is supported by the Department of Visual Arts and New Media, Fredonia College Foundation’s Cathy and Jesse Marion Endowment Fund, and the Friends of Rockefeller Arts Center.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursdayx from noon to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. as well as by appointment. The gallery is located on the main level of Rockefeller Arts Center.

For more information or a group tour of the exhibition, contact gallery director Barbara Racker at 716-673-4897 or barbara.racker@fredonia.edu.


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