Held each fall, the Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art Exhibition which features the capstone experience for graduating art majors, the 2014 Senior Art Exhibition represents more than just students’ studio art experiences. For students of the liberal arts, the exhibition is the culmination of their undergraduate careers at Ashland University. Bringing together artwork made by graduating seniors in the Department of Art, the Senior Art Exhibitions opens on November 6 at the Coburn Art Gallery located in the center for the arts on the Ashland University campus. An opening reception will be held from 4:30pm-6:30pm on the November 6, 2014.
The exhibition will include artworks created by Karly Beuck, BFA painting major. Karly Beuck is a fifth-year senior in the BFA program at the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been studying painting for four years as well as art history, and has studied ceramics for two years. Karly also plays goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team on campus and is a member of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity
Karly’s painting series is entitled- Strength: Inferiority Not Consented. The series presents Greek women out of their mythical contexts and challenges their stories by changing the character’s typical demeanor we find in myth into one to be revered and respected in today’s society. Beuck achieves her message by painting such characters as Medusa, Pandora, Artemis, Atalanta, Amazons Penthesilia and Hippolyta II, as well as a couple lesser-known female figures from Greek mythology, Melinoe, and the sphinx that plagued Thebes. It is due to the raw nature inside herself that drives Beuck to be a strong-willed and competitive woman she has been drawn to these fictional females from the past that are not always seen tough in mind, body and spirit. Beuck have given these women today’s confidence in a time where they were not always portrayed as a role model for society. In myth where these women are being defeated, unacknowledged or seemingly unnoticed for their valiant efforts, through these portraits, she is giving them the respect and recognition they never received.
The senior art exhibitions run from November 6-December 14, 2014.