Student photos, such as this image taken by Teddy Griffin, will be on display in the McClelland Art Gallery now through January 1.
As part of the fall semester photography class, the photographic works of 14 students will be on display in the McClelland Art Gallery from now through January 1.
Acccording to instructor Bruce Forbes, the annual exhibit is a significant component in the students’ artistic progression and grade. “Student exhibitions are important because they force students to be critical and evaluative of their own work,” explained Forbes. The students are permitted to submit only four photographs for the exhibit, which is often difficult and requires them to be selective of their work.
Forbes believes that it is importance for students to view their finished product alongside others’ in a formal setting. “Students see a print of their work differently than a finished, mounted and labeled photograph hanging in an exhibit,” he said. “I have seen a student’s value or evaluation of their own work completely change.”
The students also understand the statement their pictures can make and conscientiously consider the conversations their pictures may evoke. “Photography proves to be more powerful than most realize,” said Kelly Phipps, a senior communication major enrolled in the class. “We can capture the parts of life that are beautiful and make a statement about that which is not.”
Caleb Colon-Rivera, junior psychology major, also understands the power his pictures have to communicate with the viewer. “The photos I chose relate to the seven deadly sins,” he explained. “I wanted something edgy to catch the eye of students and make them think. It’s a dark concept, but I think it’s important to push people’s limits, and this idea will do that.”
The exhibition will also feature work from Andrew Binder, Megan Bolton, Cori Church, Pablo Colindres, Maegan Downs, Angelina Dudin, Teddy Griffin, Angelica Monroe, Laura Moon, Liza Ngenye, E’saias Strong and Joyelle Worley.
The McClelland Art Gallery is located in the Ortner Center on the campus of Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the gallery is free and open to the public.