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Lakeland College will spotlight the work of three senior art students when the year's first Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition opens on Friday, Jan. 28.
Darramia Perteet, Yiyun Wang and Jackie Stephan 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 students during their time at Lakeland, will run through Feb. 25. 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.
Stephan, a 2008 Plymouth High School graduate, is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design and studio art emphasis. She is currently working as a designer and photographer at Jacklyn Ann Photography & Design. She was a graphic design intern with Lakeland's career development office, and advertising director with Level Teen Lounge, Inc., in Plymouth.
"When I am creating, I find most of my inspiration in people," Stephan said. "I simply love to watch and observe how people interact with one another. I believe that the human form itself is beautiful. Bones, skins, muscles, eyes, and hair are things that we all have in common. By incorporating human characteristics into my artwork, I believe people will be able to relate."
Perteet, who is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis, was born in Chicago and raised for a few years in Las Vegas, and the lights and glitz of the Strip was a big early influence. She has won numerous awards for both her art and academic work. She works as a graphic design assistant in the college's marketing department, and has assisted several college departments with her talents.
"My current work has a lot to do with what is going on in my life at the time: my relationships, my interests, sports or otherwise," said Perteet, who hopes to land a job as a graphic designer after graduating.
"Nothing I have done has a clear meaning to it - you take from it what you want. My artwork may have a personal message behind it, but I do not like to hinder people's perception of my pieces. I think it is more fun to explore art and make up your own meaning."
Wang is from Jiangsu, China, and is studying to earn a bachelor's in art with a graphic design and studio art emphasis. He painted a mural as Rocky Knoll Health Center in Plymouth as part of an internship. In addition to his work in campus, he has worked at Sheboygan North and South high schools as a Chinese teaching assistant.
"The whole world around me attracts my thoughts," Wang said. "With this in mind, I travel a lot. I am an observational traveler who likes adventure, and I am curious about everything that is new to me, especially different cultures in different lands."