This is Art: The Grand Finale of Studio Art

April 25, 2011








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Photo by Justin Braun

Siobhan Philbin (Class of 2011) created 30 small canvases in honor of her yellow Labrador Retriever, Simon.



Celebrating the accomplishments of graduating students in the Rollins Department of Art, an exhibition titled This Is Art, featuring the works from the Class of 2011, opened in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on Friday, April 22. The event provided a supportive atmosphere for the graphic design, illustration, painting, photography and sculpture students. The works of six senior art majors from the Class of 2011 were featured in the show.

Lacy Goodwyn, Jennifer Hirschmann, Siobhan Philbin, Diego Pinedo, Margaret Rowland and Caitlin Vyborny began preparation during the fall semester by developing bodies of work that they brought to completion for the senior exhibition. Each displayed artistic creations representative of their personality or interests.

Hirschmann’s works on exhibition were three flags made from jeans and other assorted garments. Symbolizing her transnational identity, the inspiration for these pieces was derived from her multicultural background. “These hybrid flags represent the mash up of cultures in my personal identity,” commented Hirschmann, whose roots lie in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States. “The use of many different types of thread illustrates the variety of inner fibers that make up who we are.”

In 30 small canvasses, Philbin highlighted her love for her pet, Simon, a yellow Labrador Retriever. “We have put in so much effort and the result is a beautiful gallery space filled with our work to share with family and friends,” she said. “Whether you are an art enthusiast or have never set foot in a museum, the exhibit is an important culminating event for senior Studio Art majors.”

Vyborny illustrated the breadth of the current recession’s effects on the Winter Park housing market with humor in her exhibited work. Vyborny was directly impacted by the housing crash; her mother is a realtor and her father works in construction. In response, and an effort to remind the general public of continuing damage of the recession, Vyborny employed artistic irony in the creation of mock for-sale signs, which she photographed on the lawns of homes on the market. “I wanted to keep people thinking about the extent of the housing crisis and remind them that it’s still going on,” said Vyborny.

Other works explored the issues of conforming to society, sense of self in a state of transition and interpersonal individual relationships and how they are affected by military service.

“It’s always rewarding to teach this capstone course, as this is where we see our students really excel,” said Dawn Roe, assistant professor of art. “When they know their work will be publicly displayed in a venue with the prestige of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, they are challenged to produce their best work. It’s often not until the works are brought to a complete finish and readied for exhibition that the students really get a sense of how their artwork exists in the world, as opposed to in their studio space.”

In addition to creating the selections for the exhibit, the students worked together to design the invitation and promotional materials for the opening of their show, showcasing their abilities to the community. The exhibition runs through May 8. Find out more information on exhibitions at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.


By Justin Braun (Class of 2011MBA) and Mary Neville (Class of 2013)

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