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BFA seniors move to online exhibit for final projects

Danielle Cecil presented her capstone exhibit in the Winter 2019 semester.

After the coronavirus canceled all public gatherings of 10 or more people, the SVSU Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition has been rescheduled to an online forum.

These exhibitions begin in the BFA Arts Management and Safety Seminar Class, the capstone course of the program. BFA majors are assigned to plan and create the physical exhibitions. They learn how to do this on their own and work with other students to curate the final exhibitions. It takes about one academic school year to get every detail in time.

Now that the exhibitions are moving online, it will take less time and work to set them up compared to a physical exhibition. Students already have most of their work in digital format, making the switch easier for everyone involved, according to Andrea Ondish, who teaches the seminar class.

“It is another way (to curate an exhibit) and maybe even future addition to this assignment,” she said. “It can reach more eyes online than a physical one.”

Ondish said the department is currently looking for a good online gallery website so they can share students’ work outside of the art department website and social media posts.

 Taylor Stone is one of the many students showcasing her work. The original plan was to have a reception to share her work.

“We had to delay the show due to the pandemic,” said Hideki Kihata, the art department chairman. “It is very regrettable that we cannot have an opening reception to celebrate Taylor’s accomplishment.”

The exhibition has been delayed but it expected to be available by May or June.

Taylor Stone, who studies graphic design, was inspired by her childhood stuffed animal racoon named Sniffers.

“My dad brought him to life in my imagination, and I knew when I started art school that little racoon would be a part of my work.”

Her exhibition features a children’s book she created to share the same magical experience she had as a child. She hopes her book “helps spark exploration and curiosity in the children who read it,” she said.

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