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Olivet College students accepted into Michigan Small Colleges' Art Exhibition
Feb 06, 2013

Thirteen Olivet College students will be featured among Michigan’s most promising young artists during the 2013 Michigan Small Colleges’ Art Exhibition Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, March 10 at the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery in Alma College’s Clack Art Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, features the work of students from Adrian, Albion, Alma and Olivet colleges.

Olivet students who were accepted for the exhibition include: Alex Alvarez, a junior from Eastpointe, carved plaster titled “Chrome Bottle;” Andrew McLain, a junior from Charlotte, charcoal and graphite titled “Impression Session;” Alyssa Meny, a junior from Marshall, carved plaster titled “Skeleton Key;” Chris Floyd, a senior from Hastings, cast stone and plastic titled “Gamer Pride,” and charcoal titled “Pikmin in My Palm;” Emily LaPorta, a senior from Hamilton, digital photos titled “Undisturbed Water” and “Tranquility Along the Shore;” Esteban Russell, a sophomore from Dewitt, graphite titled “Standing Vans;” Genie Gagnon, a senior from Vermontville, graphite titled “Shoes;” Hannah Foster, a sophomore from Eaton Rapids, acrylic paint titled “Ichthus;” Mahalia Stelter, a sophomore from Coloma, charcoal and pastel titled “Memento Mori,” and charcoal and carbon dust titled “Peephole;” Naomi Haralson, a senior from Bellevue, oil on canvas titled “Gone Fishin’” and “Olive Massacre;” Stephanie Craw, a senior from Marshall, oil on canvas titled “Fire (Element Series);” Taylor Misel, a senior from Three Rivers, carved plaster titled “Men’s Ugg Slipper;” and Therri Smith, a senior from Battle Creek, graphite titled “Nude.”

A juror will select 14 prize winners from more than 100 entries during a reception and ceremony Sunday, March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gallery.

This year’s juror is Karen Bondarchuk. In her mixed media sculptures and drawings, Bondarchuk explores the artificial nature of most humans’ relationships with animals. As part of the art faculty at Western Michigan University, she is the Foundation Area Coordinator. Having earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture/video from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, she exhibits widely and is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. The gallery will be closed Saturday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, March 3.


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