by Alex Roulac
Graduating graphic design students were able to showcase their work in the 46th Biannual Senior Student Art Show reception last Friday.
The senior art show was split into two parts this year; the applied art show was for graphic design and the other was for fine arts majors.
Professor and Art Department Chair Brooke Rogers presented four awards during the reception, which were specifically geared toward the graphic arts.
Stefan Pfeifer, Trevor Brooks, Kathryn Luff and Chelsea Entwistle won awards for Best Packaging Design, Best in Show, Best Portfolio and Best Illustration, respectively.
Entwistle’s work was inspired by street and shock artist Banksy, who uses stencils to graffiti his art in different places worldwide. Entwistle’s “a little more beauty and a little less clarity” is a mixed media, shock art piece with graffiti art from stencils she made of cartoon characters. She has an internship lined up at Robinson’s Screen Printing in Salisbury after graduation.
Other seniors featured in the show included Shaynon Thompson and Megan Cross. Thompson’s works comprised of advertisements for a made-up children’s fruit drink “Munchkins” and a Vitamin Water-like brand for teens. He created a collage with Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator entitled “This is what makes me…. Me,” of a self-portrait using various photographs. Thompson said his self-portrait was his favorite out of his collection and spent countless hours working on it.
Cross said she was proud of her self-promo pieces for her business Fresh Design featured on chocolates and air fresheners in the gallery.
“I like to have a clean corporate style,” Cross said. “So when I do my work, I just try to sit down and get something where the layout is kind of tight and clean and makes sense.”
Cross also featured calendars, brochures and banners she created during her internship for the Department of Homeland Security at the show.
After handing out awards, Rogers encouraged the artists to update the department on their career success, reminding them that the faculty members do care about their students.
The applied arts show ran until April 23. The fine arts show will run May 7-19 in Fulton Hall with an awards reception on May 11.
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