Two shows in one at the Guggenheim this week

Junior BFA Art Shows “Graphic Content” and “Black Out or Get Out” open tonight.

Seven art students fill the Guggenheim Gallery with original pieces this week in the shows “Graphic Content” and “Black Out or Get Out.”

Although the Junior BFA Art Shows are usually in the spring, five graphic design students and two studio art majors are featured this fall because they were studying abroad, are transfer students or were not ready last semester. The show is required for visual art students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, a more rigorous track for art students.

The combined exhibit presents original works that vary in style and theme. Tonight, there is a reception with food and drinks available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“[The show is] a bunch of frickin’ work,” said Bobby Evers, senior graphic design major. “It’s basically our best pieces throughout our entire Chapman career, then taking those pieces and making them better.”

Because the class to prepare for the exhibit is not available in the fall, it was difficult to produce the show, Evers said. No matter when the show is, it takes a lot of money, time and dedication, he said.

Each student is provided two faculty members to prepare, and the group of students receives $100 to put on the show, but they are expected to use their own funds for their pieces.

Senior studio art major Meaghan Tucker, with the help of her family, spent about $1,000 for her 3-D art installment. She used nine canvases and also painted the gallery’s walls surrounding her work.

The studio art show, “Black Out or Get Out,” is on the first floor. Tucker shares this space with fellow senior Cassandra Kottman. They were surprised that their show was at the same time as the graphic designers but think it will be an interesting combination.

“[The graphic design majors’ show] is all about advertising where ours is more contemporary and sleek,” Kottman said.

“Graphic Content,” shown on the second floor, is the graphic design students’ work. Referencing the advisory label warning consumers when a product contains explicit material, the name of the show is a play on words because all work graphic designers make is graphic, said Eric Chimenti, chair of the art department.

Evers and the other artists promoted the event because they want the university’s community to be more involved with the art department.

“It’s going to be a cool, laid back atmosphere,” Evers said. “I’m going to make sure all my roommates come, or else we got beef.”

Richard Turner, co-director of the Guggenheim Gallery and professor of art sculpture, said the show is the public face of the department. It sets Chapman’s art program apart from other undergraduate art schools that might not offer such opportunities, he said.

“[Showing one’s work] is a very important part of being a professional artist,” he said. “Doing that at an undergraduate level is good preparation [for their futures].”

At tonight’s reception, the artists will present their pieces, and there will be a food table located between the first and second floor of the Guggenheim Gallery. The art will be displayed through Friday.

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