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Senior Theses Exhibition to Run from March 30 to April 10 in Staniar Gallery

Six Washington and Lee University studio art students will present their senior projects in an exhibition that opens at Staniar Gallery on March 30. The show will be on view through April 10. Featuring works in all different media, the Senior Theses Exhibition is an opportunity for graduating seniors to showcase their work in a professional gallery setting.

There will be a reception for the artists on March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s atrium, which is open to the public.

Amira Hegazy’s life-size self-portraits on paper resemble paper dolls with articulated limbs that can be manipulated into different positions. Through the contorted arrangements of the figures, she explores the emotions evoked by disjointed human images and embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Alee Johnson’s mixed media landscape paintings blur the distinctions between sky, water and land to emphasize the transcendental experience of the natural world.

After being inspired by the large group portraits of the Dutch Golden Age, Hannah Paulk staged photographs that exhibit the characteristics of traditional Dutch painting. By using herself as the model playing multiple parts in a contemporary setting she makes the images relevant to life today.

Using light and form as symbols of the conceivable and potential, Ryan Johnson’s non-representational prints explore the veil between our world and a sacred world beyond.

Nicki Ross’s etchings are inspired by her observations of the intricate patterns found in nature, notably the delicate lacing of veins in leaves. Her installation will present the works strewn across the floor, in an effort to compel viewers to interact with and hold the pieces for a more intimate interaction.

Eileen Small’s prints reflect her upbringing in an oil-rich area in Texas where the landscape is dotted with refineries. To her young mind the machines shared similarities with her fairytale dreams, inspiring the images in her work.

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (540) 458-8861.