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Art, music intersect at collaborative student exhibition

Photo by Shirley Liu for The Lafayette
Taylor Campbell ’25 was one of many students who had their art displayed.

A semester’s worth of work by music students, art students and a cappella performers culminated in a colorful exhibition last Monday.

The exhibition featured work from students in art professor Sun You’s Painting I and II classes, art professor Kath Yarkosky’s Drawing I class and a musical performance from students in professor of music Akiva Zamcheck’s Music 152 class. There was also a performance from the all-female a cappella group, Cadence.

For some students, the exhibition featured multiple forms of their art. Theresa Chua ’23, a student in Painting I and a member of Cadence, had both artistic talent and musical talent on display during the evening.

“It’s really cool that I have this opportunity to showcase this side of me, this different lens of myself,” Chua said.

For a place full of creativity and artistic minds, students such as Lily Dineen ’24 believe it’s very important to have events like these to showcase the talented students within the Lafayette community.

“It was like a good event to just be like, ‘Hey, this is part of your campus, too,'” Dineen, who displayed work from Painting II, said.

The art displayed at the exhibition was the culmination of a semester’s worth of planning, time and drawing or painting and ranged from detailed, personal paintings on large canvases, to pieces that replicated items on a table from different perspectives. According to Chua, You understands the importance of students getting to show off their work that they put so much effort into making, even if they are just in an introductory class.

“[You] does really emphasize the importance of going to galleries and appreciating other people’s art but also giving yourself a space that you can showcase your own,” Chua said. “I think she just wants to showcase no matter where you are, in terms of experience with painting and such, you can create such nice and beautiful pieces.”

While the senior capstone class for art showcased its work in an honors exhibition only for art majors, this exhibition, made up of beginner classes, showcased work from students of many different artistic backgrounds. 

The exhibit had a positive turnout, with people from all across campus – some who may have never visited Williams Visual Arts Building before – attending to support their friends’ work.

Dineen’s mom frequently comes to her track meets and was glad to see this exhibition show off her artistic side. “[This exhibition is] a nice little thing that you can dress up for. It feels important, I can invite my mom. I thought that was cool,” Dineen said.

“I think it’s so important that we showcase the arts as much as going to a sports game or going to a performance and having this event, and being able to emphasize you should be going to this as much as other events. I think it’s so important,” Chua said.

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McKenna Graf
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