USD students’ art featured in exhibit

USD students' art featured in exhibit An exhibition of works by University of South Dakota art students Varinthorn Christopher, Joel Solomonson and Kelly Marshall are on display from now until May 10 in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts located on the USD campus.

A public reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2. The gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. The exhibitions are presented as a fulfillment of BFA program requirements and also serve as the culmination of the candidate's preparation for a professional career in the visual arts.

Christopher, a painting student who studies under Professor Jeff Freeman, will exhibit paintings and installation art, titled "Varinthornism: A Love Story."

Throughout her undergraduate study, Varinthorn has received several awards including the H. J. and A. B. Gunderson Senior Scholarship, Ceramics Student Award, Dr. Dennis A. Klein Purchase Award, and the Dean's Award. Her photo works were also published in the Photographer's Forum magazine's 23rd Annual College Photography Contest in 2003. Varinthorn will pursue a master of fine arts degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Art/Tufts University in Boston, MA.

As part of the installation work, she will be exhibiting live performance art at the public reception.

Solomonson, a student of photography who studies under Professor John Banasiak, will exhibit a selection of photographs and works on paper titled "Accumulations."

Utilizing traditional and non-traditional photographic techniques, Joel creates an experience that is at times highly personal and at others purely visual.

His work was included in the Wilber Stilwell Student Exhibition in 2002 and received honorable mention in 2003. He has also worked under numerous professional photographers in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN.

Marshall is the daughter of Karen and Gary Marshall of Vermillion. Her exhibition is titled "The functional side of pottery: Snippets found in pots." Kelly, who studies under Professor Michael Hill, will graduate on May 10 with a bachelor of science degree in art education. Her works have also been shown in the Annual Stilwell Exhibit.

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