Senior Exhibition II
April 11 — May 4, 2014
DAYS AND HOURS
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 10, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
A graduate of Franklin Classical School, Tenn., Friend has a wide variety of work experiences including serving as an IT intern at CME Engineering, instructor at First Light Arts Academy, host at Mexicali Grill, student assistant at the Latimer Family Library, global news writer for the Review student newspaper and graphic design for Prodigium, LLC. He has been published in Saint Vincent’s Generation magazine and has exhibited at Firstlight Arts Academy in Franklin, Tenn., and Art All Night in Pittsburgh.
“I’m a serotinal, middle of the night, cool blacktop walk artist,” Friend commented on his artistic approach. “I’m a disemboweled dictionary artist. I’m a sloth in the aviary artist. I enjoy working with different mediums, both traditional and digital, and mixing them in experimental ways. I have a passion for color and like to explore the realm of texture. I’m also very preoccupied with the balance of order and chaos, and most of my pieces try to incorporate both precision and freedom. I also have a preoccupation with the relationship between the natural, spiritual and human worlds. Similarly, my works often combine elements of portraiture, landscape and abstraction. They often touch on themes of identity, gender, sexuality, community and isolation. I believe that the truest artworks are at least semi-autobiographical. I also draw heavily from literary works, especially A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
A member of the freshman orientation committee, Miller has also served as a student assistant at The Saint Vincent Gallery. He has studied abroad in Italy for a semester at Florence University of the Arts, and has done language studies at Cuernavaca Language School in Mexico. His work experience includes tech crew and set construction for Saint Vincent Summer Theatre, an internship with John Ritter Illustrations and work as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the East Suburban Family YMCA.
“In my art, I deconstruct myths, fairy tales, Greek and Roman images, and religious icons to present them in a contemporary style,” Miller commented about his art. “Oftentimes, the image is used to display a moment of heightened emotion. I primarily use -- but am not limited to -- oil paint. The methodology behind my art is consistent. Although there might be similarities between different projects, my art is linked by recurring forms and thematic elements.”
Schrott has been active at Saint Vincent in the Art Club which she served as president, Sports Friendship Day and the Empty Bowl Project. She also has experience as a catalogue specialist for the McCarl Gallery, as a sculpting intern for Earthview Studios and in art studio maintenance for the Saint Vincent Visual Arts Department.
“Art explains what words cannot,” Schrott commented about her art. “Sometimes emotions, ideas and thoughts can be so overwhelming that words cannot express the feeling in a way that is satisfying to me, so I turn those things into images. My inspiration comes from my childhood history and social issues in today’s society. These social issues affect all of us, many times in ways we do not understand. The lack of understanding is where I draw my motivation to create. My artwork has a lot of symbolism in the content and the composition. I like to place items within the piece that hint at what I am trying to explain without words. I create my best work after I have read or learned about the issue at hand. Whenever I learn about a new or old issue, I feel the need to express that issue using images. My artwork means the world to me. I want to educate the masses and learn more about myself while doing so. Art has taught me who I am as a person and what I believe in. Now I want to show others who I am using images.”
Waver is a graduate of Webster Thomas High School, N.Y. He has done freelance assignments including designing the band logos and t-shirts for two local bands and designing and painting an artistic piece on a bass guitar. His work experience also includes culinary production for the Aramark Corporation and gallery attendant for The Saint Vincent Gallery where he greeted visitors.
“I make art because I see the world as it is, and as it could be, as things and people that exist and that which does not,” Waver commented about his artistic philosophy. “In the artistic world, things can’t be created that cannot exist in the reality we are accustomed. Yet, my creations are made for the real world; It’s like connecting reality to unreality. These two separate worlds meet, and make one creation. The art, and the response it receives, are like cause and effect. I find inspiration in everything naturally beautiful, from the stars of the sky, to the curve of a smile, to the light radiating from the sun in the evening to the natural curls of a winding vine. Although my own art does not often physically represent that which inspires me, it is purposeful; See, I see not a reason to create that which inspires me, if it already exists. I use their given inspiration as a springboard; to propel myself into a creative state in a world where imagination is the only guide. Oftentimes, I mean to create art that is something unique; that comes across as real enough to believe its reality, but retaining aspects of unreality. I love the nature of science fiction and medieval works, so the majority of my work ends up drawing upon either of the given categories. I try to evoke something moving yet powerful through my use of colors and high contrasts, often ending up in my art having a darker style. I don’t think my work is perfect, not terrible, like all other things of this world. But I think it to be different, and I work hard to make it that way. Does it affect you? That is not for me to decide.”
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eauty, like truth, brings joy to the human heart, and is that precious fruit which resists the erosion of time, which unites generations and enables them to be one in admiration. Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Artists. This Summer and Fall, the Saint Vincent Gallery will host the 5th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition. The primary purpose of the competition is to foster the arts of the Western Christian tradition; other artistic traditions of Christian subject matter are also considered. Artworks must be iconographically recognizable and appropriate for liturgical use, churches, chapels, shrines or home altars.
Subjects sought (but not limited to) include: scenes from the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; other biblical scenes, stories and characters; depictions of saints and their lives; current and historical events in the life of the Church; depictions of the seven sacraments; personifications of the corporal works of mercy, virtues and vices, etc.
Modernization of the subject is acceptable (e.g. Caravaggio’s The Calling of Saint Matthew, which depicts Christ in biblical clothing but those around Him in the contemporary dress of the artist’s times). Ethnic acculturation is also acceptable; thus, works portraying Christ as an African, Asian or other ethnicity are welcome for jurying.
Subjects which will not be considered include: portrayals of noncanonized persons as saints; portraits of clergy or religious; works which are only recognizably religious from their titles; and scenes of the exterior or interior of churches (unless the work is illustrating an important religious/historical event or the administration of the sacraments).
Janet McKenzie, Juror
Janet McKenzie is an artist internationally-renowned for her distinctive iconography of sacred subjects which glow with an inner, spiritual light. It is appropriate for an artist working in the field of religious art to juror a competition and exhibition fostering religious art, both in its traditional forms and in new expressions. Her works have been chosen for exhibition in the three Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competitions she has entered, and she has won prizes twice.
McKenzie is known for sacred imagery that transcends time and place. Her Jesus of the People was selected First Place winner of The National Catholic Reporter’s global competition by juror Sr. Wendy Beckett, the famed art historian and BBC personality. It was revealed for the first time on the Today Show in New York and generated enormous worldwide interest and discussion. The controversial painting challenges stereotypical thinking by including two groups traditionally left out of iconic imagery of Jesus — people of color and women.Janet McKenzie, the 2014 juror, is an artist internationally-renowned for her distinctive iconography of sacred subjects which glow with an inner, spiritual light.
Her art is featured in Holiness and the Feminine Spirit – The Art of Janet McKenzie, which won the 2010 First Place Award for Spirituality from the Catholic Press Association. Another book, The Way of the Cross – The Path to New Life features her Stations of the Cross with reflections by leading religious writer Sr. Joan Chittister, O.S.B.
Her solo exhibitions include: The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee; Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago; Carlow University, Pittsburgh; and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C. Her works can be found in the collections of: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Carnegie, Pa.; St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minn.; Daughters of the Heart of Mary, Holyoke, Mass.; and the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 2013, she was the William Belden Noble Lecturer, Memorial Church, Harvard University.