Senior art show opens April 18

| April 11, 2014

Four Sweet Briar College students will present their final work during this year’s Senior Art Majors’ Show, which runs until May 17. An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, April 18, in Pannell Gallery.

Titled “I Understand And Wish To Proceed,” the exhibition is a collection of varying perspectives on life and serves as an invitation to viewers to accept the artists’ interpretations of reality, says Brieanah Schwartz ’14, whose focus is photography. Among other media, the show will also feature oil and print works by Leslie Andrade, Maryam Rasoulian and Carley Beatty and is sponsored in part by a fund established by Carl and Barbara Calandra, parents of Amy Calandra Davies ’90.

Detail of photograph by Brieanah Schwartz

Brieanah Schwartz was born in Sarasota, Fla., in 1991. An avid horseback rider since the age of seven, her work is continually influenced by the nature she is exposed to while riding. In the summer of 2013, Schwartz studied abroad in Italy and visited Greece. While traveling, she was deeply influenced by experiencing the countryside from horseback and immersed herself in the deconstructive nature of Europe’s street art culture. Schwartz works primarily in large format, film photography and mixed media artworks. Her photos establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its viewer. Schwartz will graduate in May with degrees in philosophy and studio art.

Leslie Andrade, “She Told Me To Wait By The Lamppost” (detail), oil on panel, 2014.

Born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1993, Leslie Andrade has lived internationally in an artistic environment that stimulated her desire to become an oil painter. She studied abroad in Seville, Spain, where her travels influenced and directed her recent work into becoming contemporary paintings. Working from the subconscious, her paintings stem from the use of color and excessive doodling in order to play with the world of illusion and magical abstraction. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in studio art, minors in art history and Spanish and an Arts Management Certificate, Andrade will work this summer as a curatorial housekeeping intern at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley, Calif.

Maryam Rasoulian, “Judith Triumphant” (detail), acrylic on panel, 2014.

Maryam Rasoulian was born in Atlanta, but spent her early school years in California. Following her parents’ divorce, she moved to Northeast Florida, or, as she likes to call it, “Baja, Georgia.” Comic books were a staple of Rasoulian’s childhood; her father sent them regularly from California, but they only became a distraction when she was introduced to superhero comics in middle school. Rasoulian will graduate in May with degrees in religion and studio art. After graduation, she hopes to earn her M.F.A., as well as an advanced degree in African diasporic religion or Yoruba studies.

Carley Beatty, “In My Life, I Loved You More,” mixed media and collage on paper, 2014.

Carley Beatty was born on a hot summer day in 1992. Throughout her life, she was exposed to a variety of creative outlets in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas. Raised as a flower child, she finds inspiration through the history of the ’60s and ’70s, among other things. These eclectic interests have led her to working in mixed media and printmaking, which allow for a greater variety of artistic expression. Beatty will graduate in May with a bachelor’s in studio art. After graduation, she sees herself exploring different fields of art to expand her path in life.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Leslie Andrade at (954) 397-0154 or [email protected].

Janika Carey


Category: Studio Art