‘Nostos’ art exhibition to highlight graduate students’ work

'Nostos' art exhibition to highlight graduate students' work A master of fine arts (MFA) exhibition of works by The University of South Dakota art students, Ariadne Albright and Laura Melancon will be on display May 2-7 in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

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. A public reception will be held Friday, May 6, 7 to -9 p.m. in the Main Gallery. Their exhibition titled "Nostos" comes from the Greek word meaning nostalgia, to return home, a bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.�

Albright, a painting graduate student from Belle Fourche, who studies under Professor Jeff Freeman, will be exhibiting her paintings and collage work. Albright's paintings are visual narratives informed by children and motherhood, built through painterly abstraction and representational elements.

Albright received the USD Dean's Award in 2003 and 2004 at the Wilber Stilwell Student Exhibitions. Her regional exhibitions include the South Dakota Art Museum, Dahl Fine Arts Center and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology's Apex Gallery. The South Dakota Art Council awarded Albright an Emerging Artist Grant and Visual Artist Grant. Albright earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is currently pursuing a teaching position in studio arts.

Melancon, a printmaking graduate student who studies under Professor Lloyd Menard, will be exhibiting drawings and prints. Melancon's work is about reflections from life. In many of her pieces she includes the female figure interacting with various symbols, allowing her to relate a story or emotion to the audience.

Melancon is very active in the printmaking community. She is an active member of both the Southern Graphics Council and the Mid-America Print Council. She also stays involved through printmaking workshops and working with visiting artists. She received the Faculty Award and a Printmaking Award at the Weber Stillwell Student Exhibition in 2005. Melancon earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is currently seeking a teaching position in foundations and/or printmaking.

The Main Gallery is located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the campus of The University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

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