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Senior Thesis Exhibition: Ten

featuring Transylvania University art majors
Isabel Barr, Alison Cahill, Sara Escobedo, Allison Fender, Kara Hansel, Ryla Luttrell, Alexis Schuman, Julia Sebastian, Megan Wainscott, and Kayla Weber

APRIL 2-20, 2012
Opening reception: Monday, April 2, 5-8 p.m.
Lexington Gallery Hop Friday: April 20, 5-8 p.m.



Isabel Barr is a studio art major  and education major. She is a Maryland native and grew up in Takoma Park and Bethesda, Maryland where she graduated from Walter Johnson High School in 2008. Isabel is the daughter of Howard and Suzanne Barr. Isabel plans to receive a masters in art therapy from the University of Louisville and to create an after-school program for special needs children. When not working in the studio, Isabel cheers on the Kentucky Wildcats, is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity, and is an active member of Lexington’s’ Jewish Community.

Alison Cahill was born and raised in Richmond, KY. She is a studio art major with an art history minor. Her primary medium is photography and she has recently worked with Triple Play Productions taking sports action photography. After graduation she plans to pursue her passion for art. She is currently looking into the photography and ceramic fields. Cahill dedicates all of her artwork to her family, especially to her father Tim Cahill, her nephew Timmy Holden Cahill, and her art teacher and friend Mr. Richard Dean.

 “My main medium ever since I went to 4-H camp has been photography. I have always been fascinated with capturing moments on film or digitally. I sometimes wish I could have a camera in my eye so I can take pictures of precious moments without always carrying around a camera. My hope is to capture the unseen magical moments and preserve them for people to see. When I see a beautiful landscape, in the back of my mind, I am imagining how I would capture the scene. I want to show the everyday but make it extraordinary.”

Alison Cahill,Untitled (From Dark to the Light series), 2009, projected digital image. A note about the work: This is one image of 16 images of the Washington D.C. Metro system that will be projected in the Morlan Gallery in a tunnel-like setting.

Sara Escobedo, from Wheaton, Illinios, is a senior studio art major minoring in biology and Spanish. She hopes to pursue a career that will lead her to working with animals and expanding her artistic endeavors. She works in digital illustration, ceramic, mixed media sculpture, carving, painting, and costume-making.


 "I have solidified my obsession with animals by studying biology and art together. I am inspired by nature and folklore from around the world, and I particularly love creating characters for epic stories and designing costumes."

Sara Escobedo, See the Coydingo, faux acrylic fur, foam, clay, 2012, Life-sized
See Sara's performance piece as See the Coydingo here.

Allison Fender is a senior art and art history double major from Melbourne, Kentucky. Her focuses are painting and sculpture.

“Art that is big dominates a room and demands attention. It is bold and deliberate, invasive and unapologetic. The act of making big art is similarly brash and unyielding. When I need to create, I need to do it now. The results are linear paintings and quickly formed sculptures. Stitching takes the place of drawing and emphasizes the flatness of the images. Stitches are used to mend and hold together. Thread is used to tie and divide.”

 Allison Fender, Rend (detail),2012, oil, acrylic, thread, on canvas,  8’ x 6’ panels

Kara Hansel is a senior sudio at major from Florence, Kentucky. She focuses mainly on two-dimensional work, exploring most especially painting and mixed media collage. After graduation, Kara plans to pursue the possibilities of establishing a career within the realm of non-profit art organizations.

“Color, if forced to pick one thing, is the central driving force behind my preferences toward art; vibrant, in your face colors. Colors that are so brilliant they make you want to jump into a painting, colors that are so dripping with character and essence that they appear almost wet. These colors are found everywhere.”

Kara Hansel, Sewn, 2012, mixed media collage (charcoal, found images, sewing patterns, acrylic, glitter), 12’’x16’’

Ryla Luttrell chose to pursue art as a forum for discussion. She believes strongly that art plays a vital role in the way that people communicate with each other and is an indispensable part of human life. Being from the yet-small town of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, she understands the need for arts programs in all communities. 


 “The world is ever expanding, and in order to thrive, our knowledge must expand with it."

 Ryla Luttrell, The Museum, 2012, wood, Ceramic, Foam, mixed-media, 10’ x 6’ x 7’

Alexis Schuman is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky. She is a double major in studio art and art history with a minor in classics. She works primarily in three-dimensional sculptures, creating works from a variety of medium and materials. Her current works involve bright colors and naturalistic forms. After graduation she plans to pursue a career in the preservation and conservation of art.

“While stomping around the wild places of the world it is not uncommon to come across skeletons, decay, and death. At first I reacted like most, in disgust of such a process, but the more I came upon it, the more I realized that there was a beauty to the natural destruction of life. When put into a natural context it simply becomes another step in the bigger picture and merely nourishes the beginnings of a new life. There is an innate kind of beauty in that. The knowledge of our impending deaths should not be something that paralyzes us, but instead incites us to act. It makes us bold and forces us to live life to its fullest, for when we leave the earth our memory and deeds stay behind with our bones. It is this aspect of death that I am currently addressing in my work.”

Alexis Schuman, Melting Bones (detail), 2012, ceramic and acrylic interior paint, 66’ x 14’

Julia Sebastian is a senior at Transylvania University. She is a studio art major with a 2-D focus in printmaking. Julia is from Lexington, KY and will be attending graduate school next year.

 "I have an affinity for the printmaking process because it provides my work with cleanliness and precision; this process acts as a tool that clarifies and sharpens the content of my prints. When working with my subjects, I want to visually explain their situation in constructive terms. Through the use of seductive colors and mis-registration, I infuse them with dynamism and vitality. In making my work visually pleasing and I draw the viewer in from a distance; I then challenge the viewer’s expectation of a beautiful surface. As one gets closer, he or she is forced into a deeper reading of the image—my prints reveal subjects suffering from physical imperfections."

Julia Sebastian, Alopecia Totalis, 2011, lithography with hair addition, 30” x 22”

Megan Wainscott is a senior at Transylvania University. She is majoring in studio art with a concentration in ceramics as well as a minor in business administration. Upon graduation in May, she will be joining her family’s restaurant business in her hometown of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. She will be continue art in her and her mother’s studio located in Petersburg, Kentucky. 

 “It is hard for me to explain my art in words, because quite often it evolves from something very personal or so emotionally deep, it is hard to talk about. This is why I make art, to express those feelings in a piece that explains it all without having to make verbal and written conversation. I see my art as being successful when my audience can feel the sense of emotion in a piece.  Those same emotions and thoughts that I, the artist had, as I captured it all into my painting, sculpture, print, drawing, or picture.  I work with a variety of mediums because within each, emotions can be expressed differently and I enjoy the variety of life in art.”

 Megan Wainscott, Work, 2011, oil on canvas, 49”x35”

Kayla Weber is a teaching art major from Lexington, Kentucky. She works mainly in 2-dimensional media and enjoys painting and collage. She draws her inspiration from all of her experiences, one of the most significant being her study abroad experience in Florence, Italy. After graduating she plans to work in Fayette County teaching art.

 “My artwork is mine. Not any one else's. Yet, up until this point in my life I have always been self-conscious about it. When coming to terms with what I should do for this Senior Art Exhibit I was anxious. I have always been told what to create; always prompted in some way, but not this time. This exhibit is me, without the help of anyone else’s ideas or judgments.”

Kayla Weber, Italy, 2011, collage with acrylic and paper, 50cm by 70c

For more information contact Andrea Fisher, director of the Morlan Gallery
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY 40508 USA (859) 233-8142

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