BA/BFA Notes on a More Personal Level
I am quite partial to a lot of the work in the BA/BFA exhibition, but some of that may simply have to do with the fact that I am friends with several of the artists that are showing. I must say, I am incredibly proud of my peers. The distinctive qualities of each artist in the show is inspiring, and I really think it shows the strength of the art program.
I cannot deny that I am blown away by Mark Monroe’s installation and that I am awfully proud of him. We were in 2D Design together, and to see him transform into the artist he has become has been a treat. I think one of the best moments in the Baum Gallery thus far this academic year has been Mark’s two faculty advisors, Sandra Luckett and Holly Laws, dancing and blowing kisses into the camera, trying to get a reaction out of Mark as he watched in the small monitor in his performance. And it did—it made him smile. It was one of the most endearing things I have ever seen.
Other works I got to see as they were developing, which includes the multiple paintings assembled by Jordan Karpe. I was in Advanced Painting with Jordan last semester, so I actually got to see a lot of these wonderful little paintings as they were being created. On the last day everyone got a chance to see how Jordan was planning on hanging these works in the gallery, and I knew then it would be a hit…and it was. But of course, he surprised us all with a Rauschenberg-esque multimedia painting, which turned out to be one of my favorite works in the whole show.
I could go further, but I think you get the idea. When you are an art student and you’ve seen where most (if not all) the artists have come from, it is thrilling to see them in the BA/BFA show. It becomes personal, and you cannot help but wonder what your show will be like. Regardless, this is a show to see whether or not you are an art student. If anything, it shows the Conway community what a gem we have in the UCA art department.
Until next time.