The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host the annual Division of Art and Design Senior Award Candidates’ Exhibition from May 6 - May 18. Five Art and Design Program students, selected by a jury of Art and Design faculty members, have been nominated for the prestigious Art and Design Division Program Award. Work by these students will be on display through commencement week; the award winners will be announced Saturday, May 18.
Brittany Hill, of Heuvelton, N.Y., is majoring in studio art, specializing in photography, with minors in art history and business. She says that growing up in a small town helped shape the person and photographer she has become. Photography has been a part of Hill's life since high school, and during her senior year was when she really began to explore the medium she realized that it might be a track she wanted to pursue. Hill is now nearing another graduation, this time with a degree in an art form that she is passionate about and enjoys having as a part of her life.
Much of Hill's work focuses on portraits. To learn as much as she could about what makes a great portrait, she worked with portrait photographer Penny Heath, owner of Heath Photography in Redwood, N.Y. (heathphotography.net). In her senior project, Hill continues her work with portraiture, exploring photographic documentation that captures an individual's emotional being.
She writes of her project, "This body of work focuses on emotions, but more than that, it is about people. Emotions are fascinating because they are so raw and fundamental, and we can't control them – they give us insight into who we are. For this project, I chose to focus only on the 'negative' emotions and not include the 'positive' ones, for several reasons. The happier, positive emotions ask no questions of the viewer, so we tend to move on. But the melancholy, negative emotions DO ask questions, and this keeps the viewer interested. As viewers and human beings, we sit and ponder and try to solve the puzzle that the photograph, and the emotion portrayed within it, is asking of us. And often, there is no concrete answer, because each one of us is unique and brings our own experience to the photograph, forever changing the 'answer' that we are looking for."
In addition to having been nominated for the Art and Design Division Program Award, Hill is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership & Success, a student representative for the Middle States Commission on Reaccreditation, and has been on the Dean's List three of her seven semesters. She has been a Cazenovia College Art Gallery assistant to the director, assisting with all aspects of gallery operations, since 2009. She served on the Cazenovia College Yearbook staff, as a photographer of the TONY Exhibition at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, N.Y., in conjunction with the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y.
She as participated in Cazenovia's Alternative Breaks program in Valdosta, Ga.; served as secretary/treasurer of the English Club; was a member of the Drama Club; the Film Society; the Art Club; and participated in fundraising efforts for UNICEF, and Up 'til Dawn, a fundraising project for St. Jude's Research Hospital. www.Brittany-Lynn-Hill.com
Amanda Jones, originally from Granville, N.Y., is majoring in interior design, and is interested in pursuing a career in the commercial design industry. She has interests in several design specialties, as well as building and repurposing furniture; architecture; watercolor painting and scrapbooking.
Her capstone project, titled Re:school, is an exhibition space designed from her capstone research thesis paper. She believes that interior designers should design for the repurposing of abandoned warehouses and factories into productive schooling structures in New York City to help alleviate problems of overcrowding in public schools and to utilize the large quantities of abandoned buildings.
Jones writes, "As an interior designer the focus of a design is based on function, safety and aesthetics. With a focus on function and detailed design, interior design should be a reflection of the client's style and chosen aesthetic creating a personalized design. Through the use of elements such as detail, symmetry and color, as well as various other aspects, a timeless design is created. My personal design style is inspired by a reflection of elements of nature. Through the application of natural woods, an earthy color palette selection, and components of sustainability, nature is incorporated into the spaces to design a comfortable environment."
Jones is a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society. She served as the Student Government Association's treasurer and was a member of the executive board of the Campus Activities Board. She was a certified peer educator; an orientation leader and advisor; a member of the Interior Design Club; and a New York Eleven Student Volunteer.
Kerry MacHugh, of Tivoli, N.Y., is majoring in visual communications, with a minor in business. She has received numerous awards for excellence in academics and leadership, including the 1824 Scholarship, the New York State Merit Scholarship, and a place on the Dean's List every semester.
MacHugh infuses her illustrations and designs with energy through organic shapes and warm, tertiary colors, thus achieving her goal of transforming the ordinary into the beautiful. Based on her work as an intern, she has been hired by the award-winning Syracuse-based design firm, Mindshare, LLC, as a junior designer.
Of the work which is the basis of her exhibition, she writes, "My senior project was the creation of brand identity systems for Revel Theater, a fictional 10,000-seat concert hall in Portland, Oregon, as well as for a concert series and one of the musical acts appearing there.
"For Revel Theater, my goal was to visually emulate the sense of festivity and 'revelry' one would experience there, through design elements that reflect both the physical space and emotional feeling of the event. The design system I created also had to accommodate and visually compliment secondary visual brands of events and groups appearing at the venue in an integrated way. This was demonstrated with the concert series and band identities I created. The project elements included logos, promotional materials, packaging, and websites. For all elements of the project, I acted as designer, illustrator, and photographer."
MacHugh has received a number of merit scholarships, and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She served as president of the Outdoor Adventure Club was the 2012 captain of the Wildcats Soccer Team September and a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and a Visual Communications Club Supervisor. She was a member of the Alternative Breaks Club's Habitat for Humanity project in Atlanta, Ga., and the Village Mountain Mission Project in the Dominican Republic. She was also a Red Cross volunteer and worked with Caz Cares, in Cazenovia, N.Y.
Jessi Lee Ross, of Macungie, Pa., is a studio art major at Cazenovia. She says that she was born with fingers fond of grasping pencils, hands desiring to mold materials, and a throat yearning to make melodies. Through sensory enticement, Ross says she aims to make you experience a world other than the customary; to remind you of the slight vibrations you constantly feel, the light you never noticed, the scent of a memory you did not know you had. Through her creative output, she strives to bring attention to the limitations of perception and how those limitations compose the definition of reality. She hopes that this understanding may make you cherish the mutual relationship between science and spirituality. But overall, really, she just wants you to feel what it means to be alive.
Of her project, she writes, "Everything is vibrating. Quantum physics proves that at the most microscopic level all matter consists of tiny particles vibrating against one another. When particles vibrate, a sound is produced. Therefore, everything is sound. Your voice is composed of a combination of vibrations. These vibrations in your vocal chords create harmonies, which register within the human ear as a singular tone, or voice, completely unique to you and you alone.
"Due to this unique yet innate quality, the use of a voice is very effective in sound therapy, or neuroacoustic therapy. Arising from inspiration found within neuroacoustic research, these sound narratives manifest from the vibration of my own vocal chords, as well as from my entire being. Since I vibrate, you vibrate, this page vibrates, all matter vibrates; these sounds share the same nature as everything in the Universe. 'Universe' = 'uni' + 'verse' = 'one' + 'song' "
Ross has received several merit scholarships, is a perennial Dean's List student, and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She is a member of Cazenovia College's Sustainability Club, Art Club and Drama Club. She was a master student for the "Clay" First Year Seminar, and assisted international sculptor Alastair Noble's completion of an installation in the Cazenovia College Sculpture Court. She has also served as a studio monitor at Cazenovia College's Jephson Campus from 2009 to 2013.
She has worked as a ceramic and mosaic artist assistant at Katia Tiles, in Doylestown, Pa., and interned at Peace Valley Tile, in Doylestown. She has been involved in a number of arts and crafts exhibitions, both in Syracuse and in her hometown area, and has performed at a number music venues and festivals. www.JessiLeeRoss.com
Maureen Wilson, of Hartford, N.Y., has always had interests in traveling, drawing and designing. She is majoring in fashion design, with a minor in studio art. In 2012, her summer internship at Luckystone Feltworks Studio exposed her to the art of traditional felt-making. This experience proved to have a lasting effect as culture and natural beauty prove to be central in her art and fashion design work. In her Senior Capstone project, "Mongolia Today: A Test of Traditions," Wilson explored the uses of clothing as related to survival.
Her senior collection, shown at the College's 40th Student Fashion Show in April, is titled "5nomads." She writes of her designs, "Inspired by the vanishing culture of Mongolia's nomadic herders, these pieces are a response to the questions, 'what does one need to survive?' and 'what can one go without?' Each ensemble is worn by one of five different travelers in an imaginary world I titled The Jovian Desert. I thought about where they lived, how they lived, and what would satisfy their needs in order to survive. As my understanding of each character increased, my designs became more fine-tuned to their needs. Each of the textiles, designs and accessories aided in their lives. I want to transport the viewer to a world where necessity and desire are one, where people carry what they need on their backs and walk straight in the face of a cold sun. The Jovian desert is cold and vast and relentless. And these are my five nomads."
In addition to her nomination for the 2013 Division of Art and Design Award, Wilson is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and was a Dean's List student. She also received a number of merit scholarships and awards. She was a 2013 Senior Designer, at the Annual Cazenovia College Fashion Show, where she was responsible for choreography, lighting and sound. She studied at Canterbury Christ Church University in England during her junior year, and was a member of Cazenovia College's Art Club, the Outdoor Recreational Club, and the Drama Club and the Cazenovia Wildcats Cross-Country Team.