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Lakeland College will spotlight the work of four senior art students when the Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition opens on Friday, Jan. 29.
Celine Elzinga, Ki Seob Kim, Liz Lange and Samantha Vanden Plas will discuss their work during an opening reception beginning at 4:30 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 four students during their time at Lakeland, will run through Feb. 26. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session. 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.
Elzinga, a Howards Grove High School graduate, is majoring in art with a graphic design emphasis. Her father, Jeff, is a professor at Lakeland, and she lived for a few years in Africa and France.
She is layout editor for The Lakeland College Mirror, served as managing editor of the Lakeland poetry magazine "Seems," worked for the college's marketing department and has been involved with Mortar Board, Campus Activities Board, College's Against Cancer, Student Association and played soccer at Lakeland.
"I like my work to be strong and purposeful," Elzinga said. "When I get an assignment, I like to try and find the connection I have to it. I have a great background and a wonderful and exciting future ahead of me, and when I am creating any piece of work I am simultaneously thinking of that."
Lange is a Kohler native who served in the U.S. Air Force before enrolling in college. She had a lifelong interest in art and developed a love for photography while serving in the military.
"I enjoy experimenting and working in many mediums, and I've grown fond of painting with oils," Lange said. "I use brilliant colors to create an expressive style and mood. I've worked with a variety of subject matter, but enjoy portraiture the most because of its psychological value."
Kim is majoring in art with a studio art emphasis. He earned a degree in digital animation before coming to Lakeland, and would like to attend graduate school and eventually make art his career.
Vanden Plas is majoring in art with a graphic design emphasis. She has worked on campus as a resident assistant, and been active in Habitat for Humanity, Colleges Against Cancer and the Campus Activities Board.