Allison Wordes–Staff Writer
This year’s annual junior art show, held from February 17 to March 12, displayed an array of media from graphic design prints to charcoal sketches and even textile. Junior art majors are required to be in the show.
Pre-architecture major Ariel Gomes joined four other juniors as the group presented their portfolios before the art faculty in late January. Gomes said he found it stressful to choose fifteen of his best works for one portfolio.
When the time came to display his works, Gomes, said that displaying them felt “a little show-offy.” This art show was his first on Dordt’s campus.
Graphic design major Brittany Duncan had never had her work featured in a show before, either.
“I was slightly nervous, not knowing what to expect,” Duncan said. But the idea of having her art printed on high-quality paper and displayed for more than just a select few excited her.
Through Gomes’ artwork, the junior applied his knowledge of art history and construction to each piece. Using a sharpie and walnut ink as his media, one of his works portrays the largest ancient cathedral. Gomes also enjoys photography, yet he chose to present gallery pieces that were more pertinent to his major.
The work of art and education major, Lydia Van Wingerden, included a textile sculpture of hand-sewn materials made to look like three envelopes, one fitting inside the other. She also presented ceramic mugs. The art show was not Van Wingerden’s first, however. In fact, at previous art shows President Erik Hoekstra and Provost Eric Forseth purchased her ceramic works. Van Wingerden’s inspiration for her ceramic creations comes from artist Michael J. Strand, who started the Misfit Cup Liberation project, a performance piece involving 1,000 cups from a variety of countries, each cup having a unique story.
Adri Van Groningen, graphic design major and art show participant, said her favorite photography submission was “Beneath the Shadows,” a print featuring a curtain.
“I had no idea what it was going to look like!” said Van Groningen, who finds learning new techniques to be her favorite part of photography. She began taking graphic design classes last year and the art show gave her an opportunity to display something that people could talk about.
“I have an emotional tie to just about every one of my pieces,” said Duncan. She pointed at her graphic design piece featuring a montage of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor called “Freedom, not so Free.” This was her first big project at Dordt and she holds pride and confidence in her accomplishment.
Van Wingerden appreciates the gallery on campus and described it as “low key.” In her opinion, the gallery allows student to display their artwork to the campus without facing pressure of putting on a huge show elsewhere. She is glad to have art on campus, especially one relatively small in size, and Van Wingerden hopes to see the gallery expand in the future.
“Some people are gifted,” said Van Wingerden, “but everyone can learn to do art!” As an education major hoping to work out of the country with other people groups, Van Wingerden is learning to see the potential in all artists, especially hesitant Core 160 students as she helps with the class.
“Even the people who think they can’t do it – they can.”