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W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents Senior Art Theses The recent graduates’ work will be on display in Lykes Atrium.

Washington and Lee University’s Staniar Gallery will display artwork from the senior theses of Class of 2020 studio art majors in Lykes Atrium from Oct. 20 to Nov. 13. The exhibit features work from recent graduates Angela Delos Reyes, Ashley Gillen and Allison Young.

The senior thesis projects are the capstone of the studio art major and show the culmination of the student’s artistic interests and experiences at Washington and Lee. Typically, senior art is displayed at the end of the school year in Staniar Gallery. However, due to the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19 and the campus closing for students’ safety in March, the projects were only displayed virtually.

Members of the W&L community can now view the artwork in person in the atrium via swipe card access between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The graduates credit their time at W&L as a vital part of their development as artists.

“Attending artist talks on campus and having critiques with those artists have helped me further develop my work as well as gain a deeper understanding behind the purpose of my thesis,” Delos Reyes said.

Each student presented a unique project. Delos Reyes’s work centers around her identity as a Filipino American and reflects that in her art’s different media forms. Gillen creates portraits focusing on the subjects’ unique characteristics to memorialize her connection and time with them. Young’s work combines her creative and academic interests and centers around printmaking and the mathematical concept of sets and set manipulation.

Lykes Atrium is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. For more information, please call 540-458-8861. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Staniar Gallery is only open to the W&L community.