Elmhurst College: 45th Annual Spring Capstone Art Exhibition to Feature Work from 13 Seniors

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45th Annual Spring Capstone Art Exhibition to Feature Work from 13 Seniors

A detailed branding campaign for a craft brewery; an exploration of the self, depicted in classical oil painting portraits; and large-scale reinterpretations of the Major Arcana cards in the Tarot deck are among the compelling projects that will be featured in the Elmhurst College Art Department’s 45th Annual Spring Capstone Art Exhibition.

The culminating experience for every graduating art major, the Capstone Exhibition requires each student to create a body of work in her or his area of concentration—painting, sculpture, digital art, graphic design, printmaking or photography. This year’s exhibition, which runs through June 1, features the work of 13 senior art students, expressed through a variety of media.

Hannah Manocchio, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, undertook a massive project—a reinterpretation of the Major Arcana (a suit of 22 cards in the Tarot deck) as large-format, color reduction woodblock prints. Each examines the historical and symbolical significance of the cards through the lens of a personal narrative.

Carolyn Hartmann, of Villa Park, created five large, conceptual portraits of people she knows. Rendered in oils in the style of classical portraiture, these paintings explore the dichotomies of self through the overlaying of multiple, differing images of each subject.

A.J. Barker created a fictional craft brewery in his hometown of Rochester, Minn., and designed its branding, packaging and promotional materials.

The seniors who will display their artwork are:
•    A.J. Barker of Rochester, Minn. (Graphic Design)
•    Maxwell Cooper of Palatine, Ill. (Drawing and Painting)
•    Kristin Faleni of Lake Zurich, Ill. (Printmaking)
•    Rebecca Foust of Shannon, Ill.  (Painting and Drawing)
•    Carolyn Hartmann of Villa Park, Ill. (Painting and Drawing)
•    Alexander Huang of Barrington, Ill. (Graphic Design)
•    Emily Hufford of Carol Stream, Ill. (Drawing and Painting)
•    Alexandra Johnson of Melrose Park, Ill. (Photography)
•    Nathaniel Jones of Palatine, Ill.
•    Hannah Manocchio of Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Printmaking)
•    Lauren Smith of Hinsdale, Ill. (Graphic Design)
•    Todd Suhs of Oak Lawn, Ill. (Sculpture)
•    Katheryn Traub of Chicago, Ill. (Painting and Drawing)

The Elmhurst College Spring Capstone Art Exhibition runs through Saturday, June 1, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center and the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace. The Frick Center is open daily; the Accelerator ArtSpace is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A public reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

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