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Lakeland College will spotlight the work of three senior art students when the Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition opens on Thursday, Jan. 24.
RyunJeong (Julie) Han, Sam Copp and Atsushi Kobayashi will discuss their work during an opening reception on Jan. 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's Sheboygan County campus.
The exhibit, which will feature works created by these two seniors during their time at Lakeland, will run through Feb. 21.
The Bradley Gallery is open from 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
The senior art show is a requirement for all Lakeland art majors. Students gain the experience of having their own exhibit, and are responsible for planning the show, putting the public relations together, hanging their work and any other details.
Han, who was born and raised in South Korea, attended Ansan College (Lakeland's sister school) before transferring to Lakeland. She served an internship at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center last spring, and is a member of Lakeland's Habitat for Humanity chapter and Korean Student Association. She is an art major with a graphic design emphasis.
"After I smelled the art supplies in the art room, I just fell in love with the art because that was what I wanted my whole life," Han said in an artist statement. "My art is not only influenced by my environment, but my college life also affects my art work."
Copp, an Oostburg resident, is also taking the graphic design emphasis. He has won Lakeland's Duwarske Scholarship for his work, as well as a third place award from the Plymouth Arts Center. He works as a graphic designer for the college, designing posters to promote events on campus, and he is a member of the wrestler team and Zeta Chi fraternity.
"Art started out as a small foot note in my life, but through years of practice and dedication I have made art much more a part of me," Copp said. "Religion has also been a major theme in my life. When I got to college I started to use my religious convictions to inspire me in my art. I have done a number of religious pieces in which I look through the bible and find passages. I try to make these passages come to life through my art, and when people look at my art I hope they will be affected in some way."
Kobayashi is from Tokyo, Japan, and also studying the graphic design emphasis of the art major. A transfer student from Lakeland College Japan, he is the recipient of a Lakeland Presidential Scholarship and an Art Department Fellowship who has also earned a spot on the Dean's List. He won three awards for his artwork in the Annual Student Exhibit last spring.
"If I was asked, 'What are the characteristics of your work?' I would say, 'I am not sure, yet,' " Kobayashi said. "I am always willing to make my own design unique, but my works have not reached the quality that I am expecting. I am trying to make my art works based on how I think."
Click to view the senior art gallery.