Graphic design students exhibit in McClelland Art Gallery

“My goal is to affect people’s emotions,” said Zach Posthumus, junior graphic design major. “Even if they don’t like my art or they think it’s weird, I think generating some type of emotion signifies a good piece of art. If it doesn’t make you think or feel anything, what’s the point of it?”

Union College students Devi Halim and Zach Posthumus will display their ink drawings in the McClelland Art Gallery from now through September 3 in an exhibition entitled “Black on White.” Based on early sketches by Posthumus, the exhibit will feature black and white portraits of animals dressed in patterned clothes and other unusual images. “It’s more dark and gothic than my normal style,” said Halim, senior graphic design major. “I usually like to draw cartoons, something cute and colorful, but I like to stretch myself.”

An international student from Surabaya, Indonesia, Halim has loved art since she was young. “I’ve liked drawing since kindergarten,” she explained. “And my parents wanted me to come to Union to study art and Union's scholarships made that possible.”

“A big reason I came to Union was so I could play basketball,” admitted Posthumus, a resident of Michigan. “The recruiters pushed really hard for me to come and Taleah Peters, one of the recruiters, especially worked hard to help me get scholarships. I like it here.”

Both students have displayed and sold work in a local downtown gallery and decided to exhibit together on campus as a summer project. “Zach started first and he inspired me,” said Halim. “He did a drawing of a deer wearing clothes just for fun, and I liked it so he said we should do more together. It’s kind of quirky, but a lot of fun. I hope people will find it entertaining.”

Each artist will contribute between 10 and 15 pieces for the exhibit. Halim’s work will exclusively feature portraits of animals, while Posthumus will include other items in multiple orientations. “I’m really glad we can do something different,” said Posthumus. “I love the creative process and I’m glad to have so much freedom.”

All drawings are for sale, to make a purchase contact Halim and Posthumus directly. The McClelland Art Gallery is located in the Ortner Center on the campus of Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, the gallery is free and open to the public.