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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, March 6.
Jared Petrie, Shinobu Nosaka and Benjamin Lutter will discuss their work during an opening reception 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 seniors during their time at Lakeland, will run through April 10.
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.
Petrie, a native of Howards Grove, is majoring in art with a graphic design emphasis. A dean's list honoree, Petrie receives the Worthman Fellowship Award, and has won numerous awards for water color and computer design work in previous Lakeland shows. He is working for Biró Internationale as a graphic designer, has worked for Lakeland as a graphic designer and was an editor on Lakeland's yeardisc.
"I personally feel that I am too young to focus on a specific medium, style or subject matter," Petrie said in his artist statement. "As of now, I am still in my experimental phase and I am simply trying to absorb as much as I can.
"Things that go on every day often play a role in my artwork. I take those personal experiences, like my walks through the woods, and try to seek out new creative processes on how to go about creating that artwork. This is where everyone and everything that has had an influence on me has the chance to be expressed visually. I like to pull from my memory bank and force people to use their own imaginations as they decipher my artwork."
Nosaka, a native of Tokyo, Japan, who attended Lakeland College-Japan before transferring to the college's main campus in Sheboygan, is also working toward the graphic design emphasis. A dean's list honoree, Nosaka won three awards for work as part of the 2007 student art exhibit at Lakeland.
"I like to stick with interesting concepts or ideas when I create my works," Nosaka said. "I am currently enrolled in art, but it really doesn't matter what format I use for my ideas. My ideas can be formatted in music, art, motion pictures, writing or comedy. Now, I am at the stage in my art career where I am searching for the best way to express myself. I am not sure which one I will choose to go with. I might choose everything I mentioned above."
Lutter came to Lakeland from Waupaca, and is also studying graphic design and computer design. He is currently serving an internship at Lakeland designing posters for the Fine Arts Convocation Committee, and he served an internship at Full Armor Creations in Waupaca assisting their graphic artists.
Preview their work here.