Fresno State seniors show off art


Kathryn Bejarano explains her wood and wire art piece, “Maiz Prieto,” to Natalie Dolarian, at the 2013 Senior Student Art Show in the Conley Art Gallery.
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The Conley Art Gallery was overflowing with students for the 2013 Senior Student Art Show on Thursday.

This semester’s show featured something the exhibition in the fall didn’t – a large amount of photography.

Laura Facciani, a senior art student, had a photography piece presented on the wall.

She said, “There’s a lot more photography, which is really cool because fine art photography has always been disputable in galleries, so it’s really cool how much fine art photography is in it.”

The art show was the first time Facciani has had art featured in a gallery.

“It’s so exciting,” she said. “I’m more on the commercial side of the art major, so I didn’t know if I was going to be accepted, but I was.”

Her piece, titled “Dichotomy,” uses three photos in one frame. This style is known as a triptych. She used her friend as inspiration in her photography.

She said her friend represents duality because she is majoring in agriculture and is beautiful, but also rough-and-tumble as well.

Jeremy Sherman, a student with two pieces in the exhibit, said photography is another way for him to express himself.

Sherman is majoring in graphic design, but dabbles in photography as a hobby.

“I welcome it because the photography that is in here is really well done and done in a darkroom.”

Art professor Nancy Youdelman said the senior art shows always features different types of art because some classes are stronger in sculpture, painting or other mediums. This year was the year of the photographer.

The show didn’t feature only photography. Ceramic works and paintings filled the walls with color and graphics covered with emotion.

There were woodwork pieces like “Maiz Prieto,” by Kathryn Bejarano, to a sculpture of a green deer by Kathrine De Soto.

Youdelman said the turnout to the event was good.

“If you think there’s maybe 40 students [featured in the gallery], then all of their friends and family, and then all of the other students like undergraduates and everybody coming,” Youdelman said. “It amounts to at least a couple hundred, if not more.”

Outside of the gallery, students gathered to socialize, as well as listen to a live band.

Silk-screen pressed shirts were being made with graphics outside by Jason Bonilla, which were available for purchase.

Tamales, punch and wine were served to people who attended the event.

The main focus of the event was the graduating students. Facciani said that it brings the college experience together.

“I think it is really awesome to see something that is really centered around a student experience,” she said. “You come to a university to learn, but when you really get to showcase what you’re learning, I really think it’s awesome. The gallery is really cool in that way, because people can turn and look and see that these are all students. It’s really neat.”