Senior art students’ exhibit opens April 14 at FGCU Main Art Gallery

Senior projects created by graduating FGCU student artists will be premiering at the Main Art Gallery on campus starting on April 14 and continuing through April 29.

The opening reception starts at 5 p.m. with students introducing their work and explaining the media they used to create their pieces as well as the cultural movements and artists that helped inspire them to create it. There will be food, beer and wine at the gallery until 7 p.m.

Nineteen FGCU students will be displaying their senior projects at the gallery. Student artists have already been gathering around the main gallery this weekend, waiting anxiously and excitedly to deliver their introductory speeches at their rehearsal.

Janine Krench, an art major and marketing minor at FGCU, used digital graphics to design a series of pictures representing what the world would look like today if John F. Kennedy had never been assassinated and the space center had continued and expanded its exploration.

Her work, entitled “Sojourn of Future Past,” is being displayed in the lobby of the Main Art Gallery during the exhibit. Krench hopes that after experiencing her piece, people will walk away with a feeling of how much times have changed, particularly for women and minorities in the culture of America today.

Student artist Genie Clarke’s project, “Geometric Musings,” will also be displayed within the Main Art Gallery. She worked with wood, glass and light to create light displays in the shape of mandalas, an Indian spiritual symbol that represents the universe. She was deeply inspired by Eastern philosophies and hopes her project will cause people to feel meditative.

Clarke said visitors can expect to experience “a wide array of artistic mediums” when visiting the gallery exposition. The gallery will feature paintings, digital designs, sculptures and interactive pieces, a smartphone app and many other means of artistic expression.

Though 13 projects will be displayed in the Main Art Gallery, the exhibition extends beyond its doors with three projects featured in the library, two in the gallery’s lobby and one outside of the Arts Complex.