Posted: Friday Mar 8, 2013
March 8, 2013
The Saint Vincent Gallery will present the first of two senior exhibitions this spring from Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 24.
Student Exhibition One opens with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 and will show the work of Brian Flannory II, a graphic design major from Bloomfield, N.J.; Josh Flynn, a studio arts major from Sterling, Va; Chesley Pazer, a graphic design major from Greensburg; Richie Sipes, a graphic design major from Cheswick; and Drew Thomas, a graphic design major from Latrobe.
Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The Gallery is closed on Mondays.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Flannory expects to earn a bachelor of arts degree in May with a minor in computer science. A member of the Visionaries of Hope, he has served as a web design intern with the department of marketing and communications. Ironically enough, it is and never has been my goal to become or be certified as a successful artist,” he commented. “Not with the old-fashioned pencil and paper anyway. Through my knowledge in the different elements and principles of art, I want to use the techniques I’ve learned throughout the years and incorporate them into web pages and the internet as a whole.”
Flynn will graduate in May with a bachelor of arts degree with a minor in English. A student member of The Saint Vincent Gallery staff, his work was exhibited in the Fourth Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition, served as an artist’s assistant at Diane Samuels Studio in Pittsburgh and as an artist’s apprentice at Valentin Melik’s Studio in Leesburg, Va. “The art that I want to make now is not the art that I will want to make at some other time,” he commented. “I am convinced that my role as an artist is to define art as I see fit and to make that type of art.”
“To me, living well is happiness and this includes what you eat,” Pazer commented. “I guess you could say happiness is my main goal in life and I believe I am on the right track. This is why I want to help make others as happy as I am by not only educating people who view my work but also creating work that makes people happy.”
Sipes will earn a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in May. He has studied advanced post-production, Photoshop, typography, drawing and painting and served as a customer service associate in the Allegheny Valley School District. “One of the most notable aspects of my art is the high contrasts that I use,” he commented. “There is just something about blown out contrast that I can’t get enough of. As for my illustrations, the most notable part about them is the scratchy abstract detail that most of them contain. In my photography, you can easily see my love for black and white photos over color.”
Thomas is a graduate of the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center and has served as a photographer for the Crabtree Fair and done restoration work for the Youth Conservation Corps in Ligonier. He explains “Music is also a huge influence upon me as well. It brings out a side of me in which I feel more creative and it also amplifies certain moments which can make me experience things in way I would have never had without it.” He expects to graduate from Saint Vincent in May with a bachelor of arts degree.
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