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Lakeland College will spotlight the work of two senior art students when the Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition opens on Friday, Nov. 7.
Andrew Lorrigan and Asami Tsutsui will discuss their work during an opening reception beginning at 4 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 Dec. 1.
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.
Lorrigan is majoring in art with both a graphic arts and studio emphasis. He has been a Dean's List student for several semesters, and recipient of a Dean's Scholarship and Art Scholarship all four years at Lakeland.
A big baseball enthusiast who started a summer amateur baseball team in 2005, Lorrigan was introduced to design in his father's wood shop and started working with Photoshop on the computer. He served an internship at Lakeland designing posters for fine arts and lectures events on campus, and is currently working as a student assistant to Lakeland's graphic designer.
He enjoys working with colors in watercolor and oil painting, but focuses on black and white in his photograph work.
"Since I was never really exposed to art until college, I am still looking for my influences," Lorrigan said. "As a painter, I tend to find inspiration from many different sources. I try to paint visible brush strokes, much like Impressionism, and I also like to use color to create a mood like Expressionist painters. As a photographer, I try to include elements of Surrealism in my work."
Tsutsui transferred to Lakeland from Lakeland's two-year campus in Tokyo, Japan, in 2006, and after starting as a religion major with an art minor, she switched to an art major with a graphic arts emphasis after a great experience in a printmaking class. She is a Dean's List student who has received a Lakeland Faculty Scholarship and a Helga Duechler Dawurske Art Scholarship.
"Of the all mediums I have used, acrylic is my favorite," Tsutsui said. "With the medium, I can apply colors over other colors and still get the exact colors that I want. Unlike watercolor, acrylic is much more forgivable, opaque, and intense, so it has been always my number one choice when I want bold and non-transparent color."