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Seniors celebrate their works of art

The story behind the “Amalgamated” exhibition

(L to R) Seniors Isaac Beaverson, Izzy Spitz and Nick Yonce have artwork in "Amalgamated." (Photograph by Riley Hochstedtler)

(L to R) Seniors Isaac Beaverson, Izzy Spitz and Nick Yonce have artwork in “Amalgamated.” (Photograph by Riley Hochstedtler)

By Elizabeth Carrier | Echo

Dictionary.com defines amalgamated as: “to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine.”

The senior design show “Amalgamated” is the merging of 11 students’ unique work into one display. This show is a celebration of Taylor’s graduating illustration and graphic design majors. In this capstone project, students create their brand, their portfolios and their displays for this event.

Senior Leslie Clouse will be displaying her personal brand that she named “Lesco.”

“It’s a nickname that stuck and now I call it my brand,” Clouse said. “Within my personal brand I wish to capture delicate, authentic details found in design and photography. I am passionate about beauty in people and products, desiring to leave lasting impact on those who encounter my work.”

These design students are moving on to pursue different careers through their studies as artists.

Senior Ryan Bartz has a job lined up at a small publishing company called Child1st Publications in Grand Rapids, Michigan that creates schoolbooks for struggling learners.

Countless hours have been put into these displays and portfolios. This show is something they have been looking forward to since their freshman year.

A lot of work has also been put into coordinating the event itself. Seniors Isaac Beaverson, (design team coordinator), Rae Kinsel (project manager) and Izzy Spitz (exhibition team coordinator) have worked hard to put together a great show for themselves and their friends.

Senior Jacie Smeltzer works on art for the exhibition (Photograph by Riley Hochstedtler)

Senior Jacie Smeltzer works on art for the exhibition (Photograph by Riley Hochstedtler)

“I am honored to coordinate this show for my friends,” Kinsel said, “They are incredibly gifted, hard-working and dedicated. They deserve to have the show they have envisioned for the past four years. If I can help make that happen, all the worries and stresses leading up will have been worth it.”

Kinsel has been the project manager for this show and will also be displaying her own work.

Kinsel says these students have worked through four years of critiques, doubts and celebrations together, and thinks this show will be the perfect start to the next chapters of their lives.

The reception for “Amalgamated” will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Metcalf Gallery and the work will be displayed until April 20.

These artists all have their own unique styles but in the spirit of “Amalgamated” they have conglomerated to create a show that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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