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Wittenberg seniors display skills at thesis exhibit

Imagine a senior thesis that takes eight months and can be displayed for dozens of eyes at once.

For five Wittenberg University seniors that process finishes Saturday.

The 2014 Senior Student Thesis Exhibition opens at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with a reception in Koch Hall’s Ann Miller Gallery and Thompson Gallery on the Wittenberg campus. It is open to the public to view the students’ works in ceramics, photography and painting.

“This is what the students have worked on for eight months, sort of their version of a research paper,” said Dan McInnis, director of the Ann Miller Gallery and associate professor. “It’s about different concentrations, what a student wants in the medium and how a work progresses.”

Jacob Kuntz and Anna Strecker focused on ceramics. Kuntz has created a set of teapots and tea sets, while Strecker has made 50 to 60 abstract shapes nailed to a gallery wall.

Photography student Kate Causbie formed an interactive piece with organic prints that show a progression over time. They are magnetized and can be put in order.

Carly Sparrow has painted old and new objects for comparison, such as an old toy car from the 1930s and contrasted it with one from today. Angela Chen has created large-scale paintings from places she’s traveled to.

“There’s some thinking outside the box in this exhibition,” said McInnis. “It’s a little unusual and that’s exciting.”

McInnis said this is a smaller class size. Other art concentrations can include silver jewelry, graphic design and illustration.

The artists will be at the reception to field questions about their works and refreshments will be served.

The work will continue to be displayed at the Ann Miller Gallery, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through May 17.

This event concludes the Ann Miller Gallery exhibition season. McInnis said plans for the 2014-15 exhibition series are underway and will be announced at a later date.

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