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May Issue 2006

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Offers BFA Exhibition

Appalachian State University presents the BFA Senior Studio Exhibition: Spring 2006, at the Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Boone, NC. The exhibition will be on view through May 6, 2006 and will include work by eight artists that are graduating this semester. Works in the show are composed of a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, metals, printmaking, drawing, photography, and fibers.

The Department of Art is pleased to present works from the following artists: Casey G. Dupree, Leslie Lancaster, Ryan Prestridge, Edwin Schneider, Allison Nichole Schumacher, Charlie Slack, Emilie Skytta, Aaron Smith, and Trevor Thorin Waring. For the past year, these students have been working with Lynn Duryea, an assistant professor in the Art Department. Duryea states: "It has been a pleasure working with this talented group of seniors whose creative endeavors encompass a wide range of media and expression. This exhibition is the culmination of their years of study at Appalachian and promises to be an exciting and challenging show. The Art Department is proud of their accomplishments."

Casey G. Dupree was born in Raleigh, NC, in 1984. He now lives in Boone where he is completing an undergraduate degree in painting at Appalachian State University. Working on watercolor paper and a diverse array of media, Dupree strives to create engaging works with bold aesthetic expression. Dupree's current body of work explores the social context of the artist through the use of everyday imagery, paired with personal iconography and mythology.
Leslie Lancaster was born in 1983 in LaGrange, NC. She currently resides in Boone. Her present body of work is a series of pieces inspired by traditional needle working techniques such as crochet, embroidery, lace-making and machine stitching. This body of work refers to clothing and the female form.
Ryan Prestridge was born 1984 in Berlin, Germany; he has lived primarily in Charlotte, NC. His current digital and sculptural work explores a reality where, if a choice is made, an extreme transformation is the result. His work reflects the artist's choices and regrets he has in life.
Edwin Schneider was born in 1982 in Long Island, NY, and currently resides in Boone. Schneider's current body of work involves the creation of figures that combine characteristics of animals and humans. The seven paintings in the series explore the duality of the beautiful and the grotesque, the visual nature of pattern, and the idea of fantasy and escape in an alienating world.
Allison Nichole Schumacher was born in 1982 in Carroll, IA, and has resided in Boone since 2000. Schumacher's most recent work focuses on the relationship between world religions and the characteristics each faith shares with one of seven main chakras of the body. Through printmaking, Schumacher stresses her personal feelings about the importance of mutual respect and tolerance for all people.
Charlie Slack was born in 1978 in North Carolina. He currently resides in Boone. His work deals with the human visage as a mask for repressed memories. His series of paintings investigates social versus private identity.
Emilie Skytta was born in Honolulu, HI, in 1983. She currently resides in Boone. She is finishing her final semester at Appalachian State University and will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in fibers and printmaking. Skytta's recent body of work uses male footwear as objects of desire through the use of sculpture and food. This body of work is ephemeral in that many of the sculptures will be intended for consumption.
Aaron Smith born in Raleigh, NC, in 1982. Smith is a senior painting major at Appalachian State University. He will be graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in May 2006. Smith paints in acrylic and has recently been creating and documenting works in nature. Connecting his various mediums is the constant expression of his faith within all his work.
Trevor Thorin Waring was born in Scofield, HI, in 1982, and currently resides in Boone. His work revolves around his heritage as a product of Germanic, Nordic, and Celtic bloodlines, and the esoteric traditions surrounding these cultures. Currently his focus has been on concepts of protection/restriction, and their relation to vulnerability/freedom.

For more info check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/262-7338 or e-mail at (servonjm@appstate.edu).


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