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Lakeland College will spotlight the work of six senior art students when the year's second Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition opens on Friday, March 5.
Sarah Roob, Samantha Mohr, Sara Willadsen, Kyoko Yasuda, Jessica Dunning and Tyree Curry 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 April 5. 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.
Roob, a Sheboygan native and South High School graduate, transferred to Lakeland from The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago in Chicago. She said art is a way for her to communicate her thoughts and hopes.
"My intentions were to incorporate my feelings in my artwork and to portray those same feelings to my audience, this sense of peace and happiness I find while I am working on a piece of art," Roob said.
Mohr earned an associate degree from UW-Sheboygan before coming to Lakeland. It's there that she gained experience as graphic artist, but she found her true calling - becoming an art teacher - at Lakeland. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in art education after earning her bachelor's degree.
"I work at the Boys & Girls Club and the reward I get from working with kids everyday is indescribable," Mohr said. "I thrive on being in an artistic environment and I live for being a role model for kids."
Willadsen, a Sheboygan Falls native and Sheboygan Falls High School graduate, has won numerous awards for her work, been part of exhibitions in Plymouth, Manitowoc and Green Bay and served several art internships with local companies. She's focused on a degree in graphic design, but hasn't ruled out art education.
"I am inspired from a diverse number of things when designing, from old medical illustrations to peeling paint on the side of a building," Willadsen said. "This has led me to incorporate unlikely elements in my designs, such as handmade elements like painted backgrounds and illustrations. I feel little touches like these give pieces character, and make them much more appealing."
Yasuda came to Lakeland from Lakeland College Japan in Tokyo and her previous experience includes working at the Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo and the Yokosuka Museum of Art.
"I believe art should be a window to the real world, even clarifying our view so that we might perceive a new meaning from reality," Yasuda said. "A dream doesn't always come true, and what you see is not always what you get. However, I have always tried to think positive to fulfill my dream to be an artist."
Dunning transferred to Lakeland from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and her love for art was shaped in high school at Lynde & Harry Bradley School of Technology and Trade. She hopes to further her career as an art director, and is also considering teaching.
"Other art majors here at Lakeland are more open and willing to help you improve your design, and I love that about this school," Dunning said.
Curry, a member of Lakeland's football team and the Beta Sigma Omega fraternity, has also been attracted to the graphic design field.
"I would like people to get goose bumps when looking at my work, just by the mood I aim for it to bring," he said. "I live in a fantasy world, and I want everyone to see my fantasy through my work."