2016 Honors Art Show Gallery

On Friday, January 29th, the Honors Program had its ninth annual Art Show in conjunction with the Festival of the Arts. This year there were 8 pieces submitted from 7 non-art majors in the Honors Program. Our judge was Julie Martin-Tilmann. These pieces of art can be seen below as well in various locations in downtown Big Rapids throughout the Festival of the Arts.  The winner of this year’s Judge’s Choice was “Teach Me to Breathe” by Amy Jackowski and the Crowd Choice was “David Bowie” by Lindsey Winslow.

"Thoughtless Wonder" by Brittany Trombley. Courtesy of the photographer.

“Thoughtless Wonder” by Brittany Trombley. Courtesy of the photographer.

Artist’s Statement: “Thoughtless Wonder” by Brittany Trombley – “I’m a sophomore in the Hospitality program here at Ferris. The inspiration for this acrylic painting was created by the fact that love has no name. This is something that we should all have without looking at stereotypes and biases. Love is beautiful and pure in the wildest form and the world could use more of it.”

Rhythm Around the World by Janna Goyola. Courtesy of the photographer.

Rhythm Around the World by Janna Goyola. Courtesy of the photographer.

Artist’s Statement: “Rhythm Around the World” by Janna Goyola – The artist is a freshman in the Information Security and Intelligence Program. Her personal statement is as follows: “My piece depicts music notes going across the middle and on the outside of the notes are pictures of different flags from different countries to show that there is music all around the world.”

Teach Me to Breathe by Amy Jackowski. Courtesy of the photographer.

Teach Me to Breathe by Amy Jackowski. Courtesy of the photographer.

Artist’s Statement: “Teach Me to Breathe” by Amy Jackowski – “I am an Environmental Biology Major in my junior year here at Ferris. I am from Pinchney, MI, which is where I always had a particular admiration for art. This piece was inspired by the kind of romanticism of the weight of the world coming down on your lungs. It is based upon a photograph and was more of a practice to refine my oil painting skills and attempt new techniques.”

David Bowie by Lindsey Winslow . Courtesy of the photographer.

David Bowie by Lindsey Winslow . Courtesy of the photographer.

Artist Statement’s: “David Bowie” by Lindsey Winslow – The artist of this piece is a senior Pre-Dental Hygiene student. Her artist’s statement is as follows: “‘Ground Control to Major Tom/ Commencing countdown, engines on/ Check ignition and may God’s love be with you/ This is Ground Control to Major Tom/ You’ve really made the grade/ And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear./ Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare/ This is Major Tom to Ground Control, I’m stepping through the door/ And I’m floating in the most particular way/ And the stars look very different today./ For here am I sitting in my tin can/ Far above the world/ Planet Earth is blue/ And there’s nothing I can do/ Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles, I’m feeling very still/ And I think my spaceship knows which way to go.’ Excerpt from David Bowie’s Space Oddity”

Ashley by Lindsey Winslow. Courtesy of the photographer.

Ashley by Lindsey Winslow. Courtesy of the photographer.

Artist’s Statement: “Ashley” by Lindsey Winslow – The artist of this piece is a senior Pre-Dental Hygiene student. Her artist’s statement is as follows: “This is a depiction of my talented friend, Ashley, playing her violin. The people that I live with are extremely musical. I am fortunate enough to hear live music almost every day. Since moving to Big Rapids, they have inspired me to take up the ukulele. Learning to play music has enriched my life. Ashley is one of many people who have encouraged me to explore this new direction. For that, and for our friendship, I am deeply thankful.”

Release by Sarah Bular. Courtesy of the photographer.

Release by Sarah Bular. Courtesy of the photographer.

Artist’s Statement: “Release” by Sarah Bular – The artist of this piece is a freshman Pre-Pharmacy student. Her artist’s statement is as follows: “This piece is about moving forward. Our life is like an arrow being released from a bow. You first are drawn back by negative things if you hold onto them, like the hand holding the bowstring, you will never be able to move forward with better things in your life if you don’t let go. By releasing the things that are holding you back you will be able to move forward with better things in your life.”

Lay Me Down by Ashley Smith. Courtesy of the photographer.

Lay Me Down by Ashley Smith. Courtesy of the photographer.

Artist’s Statement: “Lay Me Down” by Ashley Smith – The artist of this piece is a junior in the Product Design Engineering Technology Program. Her artist’s statement is as follows: “My piece portrays the raw act of worship and how it is drastically heightened through music. Worshiping through song allows one to transcend the barriers that stand between him/her and God. The thing about worship is that one does not have to even need to understand the music to participate in it. As long as one is dedicating his/her actions to God, one has the ability to worship, one can link themselves closer with God. My relationship with God is what inspired this piece; the intensity I feel while praising Him through song far surpasses many other feelings I have obtained. While painting my piece I had intention, I had a plan. My plan was not to paint myself. That being said, I cannot confirm or deny the identity of the woman in the painting; it could be me, I see a resemblance of her in myself, yet she could also be someone else.”

The King by McKenna McIntyre. Courtesy of the photographer.

The King by McKenna McIntyre. Courtesy of the photographer.

Artist’s Statement: “I am a sophomore Graphic Design student at Ferris and in this piece my goal was to express a moment that captures the unceasing power of the king of the jungle. Drawn with graphite and charcoal, the disorderly arrangement of strokes not only creates texture, but also represents the wild, fearless nature of the lion. A yawn may be thought of as a moment of defenselessness in any creature, however, with his gaping mouth as the focal point, we can’t help but to be reminded of the lion’s true status and power: a ruler and the king.”

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