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April 21-30: Senior art exhibits in Whitaker

FREDERICK, Md.—Three seniors will present their thesis exhibits, including work in ink printing, digital arts and photography, at Hood College April 21-30.

Ashley Holt, Summer Kraft and Cameron Tate will showcase their work in the Whitaker Campus Center Gallery. The exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. A reception will take place April 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Holt’s “Broken Chains” exhibit is a series of ink prints that she says shows how words can affect how others carry themselves. Using the method of monotype printmaking, the images are black, silhouetted figures with a watercolor background. Surrounding the figures are chains that lock and free the figure to the page. The inspiration for Holt’s work is the everyday struggles people have and the different directions in which they are pulled in life. Holt is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in art and archaeology with a concentration in studio arts and a minor in printmaking.

Kraft’s “Familiarity” show will display digital illustrations. Through the melding of the familiar earth and foreign universe through digital illustration, she says viewers are pushed to question their limited interpretations of the universe. The exhibit will feature eight full digital illustrations featuring Kraft’s interpretation of the melding of earth and space. Combining exaggerated colors and surreal landscapes using Adobe Photoshop, she develops a blend of the actual and the idealistic. She draws on four years of experience in the art field, having sold multiple digital commissions, as well as having made physical sales. She is majoring in studio arts with a concentration in graphic design.

Tate’s “Sneakers” exhibit is a collection of photographs that provide a new perspective on footwear. Driven by his love of sneakers, Tate photographs some of his favorite pairs to infuse his love of shoes with his passion for art. He photographs his sneakers in front of white backgrounds in order to direct focus to the shoes. He sees the shoes as a reflection of himself and each pair evokes various feelings. Tate is also skilled in graphic design and web design which influences his idea of making his work functional and relatable. This is his second show; his first was as the featured artist at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C. Tate is an art and archaeology major with a concentration in studio art, and he has minors in graphic design and web development.

For more information, contact Lisa York at york@hood.edu.