Seniors showcase work in BFA exhibits

Briana Doolan

Grand Valley State University senior and illustration major Randi Ford will have her work on display in the Performing Arts Center Gallery tonight beginning at 5 p.m. on the Allendale Campus along with senior Samantha Dains, a studio arts major with an emphasis in illustration. Dains’ work includes 8 Illustrations from the major arcana of tarot: The Fool, The Magician, The Priestess, The Hierophant, The Emperor, The Empress, The Lovers and The Chariot.

“My work tries to weave the past with the present, and even those unfamiliar with tarot will find the illustrations interesting and understandable through the symbolism used,” Dains said.

Ford’s work features a series of oil paintings and a series of illustrations.

“My series of illustrations are inspired by seasons that take place throughout the year in Western Michigan, and allow the viewer to contemplate humanity’s relationship to the natural world during these seasons,” Ford said.

Lastly, work by senior art and design major Maria Schultz will also be featured at tonight’s reception. She said her work — eight large, photo-realistic charcoal drawings based on snapshots — conveys a lot of emotion to the viewer. “My work is about the time I spend drawing becoming a way of preserving memories,” Schultz said. “The drawings relate to me being a military spouse and how even the mundane memories become as important as the very significant ones. Even though this work is personal to me, I think it contains feelings and themes that many will relate to.”

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