Art Department Presents BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition

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Cohesion will showcase works from four graduating seniors

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Lauren Eichmann

Santa Fe, N.M.—April 18, 2014—The Art Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design will present the work of four BFA graduating seniors during an exhibition Friday, May 2 at the university’s Fine Arts Gallery.

The BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition, Cohesion, will feature works of drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and installation by Erin Haldane, Shelbie Loomis, Deanna Marshall and Shannon Rutherford. The exhibition is an opportunity for the university to share the extraordinary talent and creativity of the school’s art BFA students with the community and the general public.

Loomis, who will showcase her Brother Walter Project, says her artwork is inspired by her relationships with grandfather figures and reflects her fascination with former teachers and mentors who have driven her education and ideas about art. “My artwork takes a look at the construction of social identity through experimental narrative and applications through social networking,” writes Loomis in her artist statement. “I am interested in the creation of a persona and social roles outside in the larger world alongside in intimate and private settings.”

Rutherford said her art is a response to listening to music and being open to what that particular moment has to offer, letting her intuition guide her feeling and emotion behind the overall piece.

“The beauty of art is that it allows us to imagine endless possibilities and combinations, while giving us the freedom to create openly and honestly,” she says. “Through my work, I am directly and indirectly making connections between the music I hear and the emotions and thoughts that arise. I want to represent the artistic thinking process in the most authentic way so that my abstract patterns and design reflect how I truly see the world.”

Haldane — who, earlier this year, was the first intern to begin working on the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/SFUAD Archive Project — says she’s most interested in creating texture through the use of materials, allowing those materials to inform the process and end product of a piece. “My use of imagery also comes down to an intuitive process and the themes that I tend to work with the most hold in them aspects of memory, dreams, whimsy, humor, and absurdity,” she adds.

Marshall’s work in particular will consist of an installation that questions the traditional construction of gender.


BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition

Opening Reception

Friday, May 2 from 5-7 p.m. Exhibition will be open through May 17.

Fine Arts Gallery on the Santa Fe University campus

1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, N.M.

More information:

For more information, contact Nicholas Chiarella at or call 1-505-473-6500.

About SFUAD’s Art Department

TheArt Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers coursework in both materials-based studio art (painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics) and contemporary practice, such as installation, projected image, performance and video. Coursework in art history enriches and contextualizes this study. Faculty members are acclaimed artists with active careers, as well as mentors who support each student in finding his or her artistic voice. Students may earn a BA or BFA degree and can individualize and expand their program with electives from within the department or from other disciplines. They have the opportunity to exhibit in several campus galleries and to pursue internships within Santa Fe’s internationally renowned arts community as they prepare for successful careers as working artists and in arts-related fields. The Art Department is housed in the Visual Arts Center, a striking complex of buildings designed by award-winning architect Ricardo Legorreta.

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