Students Showcase Art at Annual Exhibit in Gleeson Library’s Thacher Gallery

In the mood for a good art exhibit? Friday, May 7, through Sunday, June 6, head over to Thacher Gallery on the main floor of Gleeson Library to see over 90 art pieces created by students for the Thacher Art + Architecture Annual showcase. The pieces will be judged on May 7th at 4:30 p.m. in Fromm Hall and a reception will follow afterwards in the gallery.

Over 50 juniors and seniors from USF’s Art+Architecture and Media Studies departments have come together to share their talents with the rest of the school. Senior media studies major and member of the exhibit’s public relations committee, Chloe Schildhause, said the exhibit features, “all types of mediums. From paintings and videos using the latest media equipment to fine arts and graphic design, we have it all.”

The exhibit includes innovative pieces like Olivia Ward’s “Life Cycle of the Salmon,” a flash website where nature scenes are digitally scanned into an animated plot, Ken Kim’s self-portraits that combine graffiti and geometry to create an image of the self and Sarah Wells’s “The Corner Store Project,” color photographs of her social justice project that brings local foods to San Francisco corner stores.

Schildhause helped plan the event from refreshments to speeches to entertainment. She also put together the display in the library and selected the works for the gallery. “This year we received a record amount of submissions that are all created completely by students,” said Schildhause. “With some social justice themes, the pieces are all very unique. Not only will the gallery be classy, but the entertainment for the reception will be as well.” Schildhause noted that there will be three awards given out:the Thacher Award, the Student Award and the Social Justice Award.

There judges for this year’s exhibit are well respected in the art community and come from outside USF. They include Gallery owner Charles Hespe, Paul Madonna from the “San Francisco Chronicle,” architect Eileen Tulmin, and Amy Gustincic, the past president of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design.

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