The Saint Vincent Gallery will present an exhibit by six senior art majors Thursday, March 1, to Sunday, April 8.

The exhibit will open with a reception with the artists from 6 to 8 p.m. March 1. They include Kiara D. Arnold, a studio art major and marketing minor from Brandywine, Maryland; Marcia A. Poliak Croce, a graphic design major and computer science minor from Blairsville; Kaitlyn B. Dudek, a studio art major with a minor in creative writing from Spring Grove; Caitlin E. Kruzynski, an art education major and disability studies minor from Bel Air, Maryland; Mariah N. Singerman, an art education major and art history and concentration in Chinese minor from Apollo; and Kaitlin M. Smith, a studio arts major and art history minor, from Butler. Admission is free and open to the public.

Kiara D. Arnold

Arnold works in chalk, pencil and pastels. The artwork she will be exhibiting shows both African-American struggle and beauty through Afrocentric techniques. “My goal is to be able to send a message and bring awareness to certain issues through emotion and passion,” she commented. “I want my audience to feel emotion and be able to relate to my artwork. I want to give those who do not have a voice a powerful one.”

A member of the Multicultural Club, she is also a varsity basketball player.

Daughter of Saphina Jennings, she is a 2014 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. She said she was attracted to enroll at Saint Vincent because of the women’s basketball program and the beautiful campus. After graduation, she plans to work for a fashion company helping design and create clothing.

Marcia A. Poliak Croce

Poliak Croce works in digital media and photography and will exhibit digital media photography, black and white photography, drawings and pottery.

“My artistic goal is to work in the graphic design field and put my creative ideas out there,” she commented. “Secondly, I want to work with a great graphic design team and create remarkable work. My philosophy is that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and if it kills you at that point it doesn’t matter.”

She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, recognizing excellent academic achievement in her first year of study.

She has served as the design layout editor for the Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education Newsletter.

A veteran of the United States Air Force where she served as a medical lab specialist, she is also a 2010 Louisville Iron Man Finisher. After graduation, she plans to open her own graphic design studio.

She is the daughter of Richard and Dianne Poliak.

Kaitlyn B. Dudek

Dudek works in graphite, colored pencil, stained glass, ink pens and acrylic paint. The works she is planning to exhibit generally have meaning behind them. “I create everything with a meaning or a purpose,” she commented. “Some are more abstract and some have direct references like some pieces that I’m exhibiting have a direct mythological or literary reference or are based off of mythological or literary concepts. I like to work with the art of storytelling in my work.”

“As someone who loves stories and storytelling, as an artist I strive to tell stories with my artwork, whether the stories are my own personal stories or stories that I love from mythology or fairytales,” she added. “I want to bring something into peoples’ lives with my art, bring joy with the stories I tell and help them live a little on the imaginative side. I want to inspire people to be creative and think outside of the box with my art.”

Dudek is a member of the Art Club and is a work/study assistant in the Art Department.

A 2014 graduate of York Catholic High School, she is the daughter of Alan and Margaret Dudek. She said she was attracted to enroll at Saint Vincent by the people and the community. “I liked the sense of family and belonging and of course the great education and brilliant professors and programs,” she recalled.

After graduation, she plans to write and illustrate her own children’s books. “While I work on that,” she explained, “I really want to teach, hopefully art, so I’m attending the University of Pittsburgh to get my teaching certification for PreK-4 and after that, a master’s in elementary education.”

Caitlin E. Kruzynski

Kruzynski works in oil paints and charcoals and has chosen to display a wide variety of works exhibiting her diverse nature among the fine arts. “I often stick to bold themes with high contrast or bright, eye catching colors,” she commented. “More often than not, I prefer to work more gesturally, aiming to capture and communicate an emotion or fleeting idea rather than focusing on realistic representation. Art is a free and safe place for me to do this while exploring materials, methods and myself.”

“I aim to create work that causes people to pause and think, even if just momentarily,” she added. “Art has always been a way for me to experiment and explore, learning more about the materials as well as myself and the world along the way. I hope to engage others in an experience similar to this when they are viewing my work, knowing everyone will have a unique experience. Additionally, I believe there is never a point in life that we are done learning or growing, and I hope that I am always able to push and challenge myself artistically to continue that trend.”

She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society (president), Alpha Lambda Delta (excellent academic achievement in the first year of study), Alpha Chi (scholarship in all academic disciplines) and the Education Club.

A recipient of the Gorka Scholarship, she has been honored by Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities and is a Service and Leadership Awardee. She has served as a Sports Friendship Day Board Member, as a Step-Up Homeschool teacher and as a Bearcat BEST job coach.

Daughter of Bill and Kathleen Kruzynski, she is a 2014 graduate of Fallston High School, Fallston, Maryland.

She said she chose to study at Saint Vincent because of its “homey feeling and dedication to deeper education as well as attention to fostering positive and professional professor-student relationships. I knew both of these elements would be instrumental in my collegiate and future success.” After graduation, she plans to begin working as a full time art teacher in the fall and will prepare to begin graduate school part time in 2019, pursuing a master’s degree in a field of art or education.

Mariah N. Singerman

Singerman works primarily in oil, scratch board and acrylic. “My art in the exhibit is a combination of stained glass pieces, oil paintings and other mixed media,” she explained.

“My work explores the different facets of life, namely the vulnerability and independence of women approaching ideas of religion, relationships and the absence of them and the physical manifestations of solitary states. My artistic goals and philosophy is to explore the range of human experience as far as I can research, apply and understand them in relation to my own unique ideas. I want to experiment with new media and try to incorporate multiple layers of meaning through thoughtful material decisions and other visual components of my work,” she commented.

She is a member of the Art Club (president, 2016-18), Kappa Delta Pi (Psi Iota chapter education honor society), Education Club, National Art Education Association, Pennsylvania Art Education Association and the Saint Vincent College Student Government Association’s Council of Presidents.

She has been honored by Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Saint Vincent College Service and Leadership Award, Student Teaching Award (presented by the Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association) and the Dean’s List.

Extracurricular activities include running a swimming lesson program, Empty Bowl Project volunteer, art activity volunteer with Brookdale Senior Center, Grandparents University participating teacher and SVC Wraps volunteer.

A 2014 graduate of Kiski Area High School, she is the daughter of Mitchell and Marie Singerman. She decided to study at Saint Vincent “because it is a close knit local community, scholarship awards and recommendations about the education department.”

After graduation, she plans to apply for art teaching positions locally or possibly apply for a position teaching English in Beijing, China and plans to complete a master of fine arts degree.

Kaitlin M. Smith

Smith works in charcoal and will be exhibiting a variety of black and white portraits using charcoal on illustrator board.

“My artistic goals are to reach my viewers through emotion and memory,” she commented. “Most of my artwork consists of portraits because I believe humans are beautifully complex. I try to capture the emotion on the face of human beings. Each face, uniquely its own, can take a viewer back to a particular memory or a moment in time.”

She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi (Si Iota chapter) honor society in education and the Art Club.

She has been a member of the Dean’s List for four years and participated in the women’s varsity soccer team in her freshman and sophomore years. She works on campus as a student athletic trainer.

A 2014 graduate of St. Joseph High School, Natrona Heights, she is the daughter of David and Jamie Smith. She is a member of Holy Sepulcher Church in Butler.

Smith said that she was attracted to enroll at Saint Vincent because of the small college environment. “It felt like family,” she added.

After graduation, she plans to apply for work as a paraprofessional and go back to school for a master’s degree in art therapy.

Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and at other times by appointment. The Gallery is closed on Mondays.

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