Middleground & Qualia* | Painting Senior Exhibition Openings | 5.9.2014 | 7pm-10pm

The BFA exhibition Middleground will open on Friday, May 9, from 7p.m. until 10 p.m., at the Ashmore Gallery in Savannah GA. The show will highlight the individual work of six senior Painting students from Savannah College of Art and Design. The artists, Analuisa Alvarado, Suzanne Aulds, Ty Derousseau, Mariah Howington, Jo Nobile, and Audrey Travis, come from diverse backgrounds and each one brings a unique and exciting perspective to his/her work and process. Art on display will include oil painting on canvas and panel, sculpture, installation, and performance. Middleground will continue until Monday, May 12, and is free and open to the public.

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Qualia* is a BFA Painting exhibition featuring the work of Justin M. Finnegan, Tyler Hentz, Kenzie Adair, Julie Miller, and Rachael Young. The exhibition opens on May 9th, with an opening reception from 7-9pm at the Sicky Nar Nar Gallery (125 W. Duffy St.). The artists exhibiting work in Qualia* explore aspects of one’s individual relationship to people, culture, and the physical environment which surrounds us. This multi-faceted exhibition displays a diverse group of artists and the menagerie of mediums they work in, from drawing, to sculpture, to installation. Sicky Nar Nar Gallery, a quirky coffee house by day, has been temporarily re-envisioned for the hosting of the Qualia* exhibition. The show is free and open to the public, so come out to experience the work, discuss, and socialize at Sicky Nar Nar Gallery on May 9th from 7-9pm.

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Analuisa Alvarado (b. 1987) is a Guatemalan artist who will graduate in Fall 2014 with her B.F.A. in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. She also holds a B.A. in Architecture from Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions in Guatemala City, and in Lacoste, France. She creates small and medium size oil paintings on wood or canvas. Her work currently explores the effects of color and structure as a response to her immediate surroundings. She focuses on consolidating cultural associations between color in Western culture and her own cultural heritage.

Suzanne Aulds (b. 1959) is an international artist who, in Fall 2014, will graduate with her B.F.A. in Painting, minor in Portrait Arts, from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. She also holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and an A.E.C. from the International Academy of Fashion Merchandising and Design, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Aulds was awarded the Prix d’Excellence from the Academy for finishing at the top of her graduating class in 1995. She worked as an interior designer for several years before establishing her own firm in 2002. In 2008, Aulds returned to her roots in painting, and has since exhibited in several venues in the Savannah area. She focuses primarily on oil-based portraiture, and is currently working on a series of paintings that address the issue of generational bonds between women.

Ty Derousseau (b. 1991) will receive a B.F.A. in Painting, with a minor in Sculpture, from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA in 2014. He has participated in group exhibitions in Savannah, GA and Lacoste, France, and has completed internships at the Desotorow Gallery and Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery. Today, he co-owns and directs events at The Warehouse Gallery in Savannah. Derousseau’s work explores narratives and environments through a variety of media.

Mariah Howington (b. 1993) is an artist who will complete her BFA in Painting in the Fall of 2014 from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions in Savannah, Georgia and in her hometown of Fernandina Beach, Florida. She creates large format oil paintings and etchings, in addition to installations and sculptures. Currently, Howington is a studio assistant for Omar K. Bone in Savannah, GA and is investigating spirituality, and contemporary issues in her work.

Jo Nobile (b. 1991) is receiving a BFA in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. His work has been exhibited in New York and Georgia. Nobile’s work explores communication and concept, and is currently influenced by negativity, mental disorder and nihilist philosophy.

Audrey Travis (b.1993) will be receiving a BFA in painting in Fall 2014 from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions in Hilmsen,Germany, Savannah,GA and Fort Worth,TX. In 2013 she completed the Hilmsen Atlierhouse Fine Arts Residency in Hilmsen Germany. Travis creates small format oil paintings on panel as well as installations. Her current projects are based on the ethereal and introspective nature of cave and desert landscapes.

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Justin Michael Finnegan was born in Slidell, Louisiana in 1991. He is expected to graduate with a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, May, 2014. Finnegan exhibited in the VSA National Accelerate project at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center and Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2009. He also exhibited in VSA International’s Revealing Culture at Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center in 2010. Finnegan completed an internship the summer of 2013 at Tulane University under the tutelage of artist Srdjan Loncar. Finnegan current work explores abandoned structures as they relate to America’s industrial progress. Justin Michael Finnegan presently lives and works in Savannah, Georgia.

Tyler J. Hentz (America, b. 1990) will receive a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga. He has exhibited his work in the Ceramics Club Show, Desotorow Gallery Inc, and the Bridge Exhibition, Alexander Hall Gallery, in Savannah GA. Currently, he is creating abstract sculptures addressing gender and art biases of materials through the use of craft materials, like yarn and chenille stems, and modern materials, like clear plastic and wire.

Kenzie Adair (Oklahoma, 1991) will complete a BFA in May, 2014 from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions in Savannah, GA and Lacoste, France. In her recent work, she is examining cultural ideals of women through the reconfiguration of media imagery. The resulting works are small to medium scale collages which magnify the absurdities of specific cultural constructs of femininity. She is currently living and working in Savannah, GA, and preparing for a group exhibition in May, 2014.

Julie Miller (United States, 1992) will soon be completing her BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions internationally including venues in Lacoste, France, and Hong Kong, as well as Ohio and several in Savannah, Georgia. In 2012, she received the Josh Yu scholarship for Chinese Painting. Her work focuses on meditative, repeated gestures that build to create works that are both ethereal and grounded. Currently she is working on a series of paintings that comment on relationships between women and the hyper-sexual filters that society places on even the most intimate of feminine exchanges.

Rachael Young (United States, 1992) will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the spring of 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. Her work has been exhibited within SCAD’s Alexander Hall Gallery. She has participated in-group exhibitions affiliated with SCAD in Savannah, GA. Her work explores the subjective reality of individual human experiences. Currently, she is discovering the attributes of directly applying Fiber Reactive Dyes to textiles to create simplistic variations between bright and muted colors.

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