Arts Extravaganza lets students show off work PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 12:10
BGSU Seniors Chelsea Kopfman, from left, Nichole Heisler, Chelsea Irons, Jacob Parr, and Andrea DePaoli look over posters that will be used for prizes during ArtsX this Friday at BGSU. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Arts Extravaganza, an evening's worth of exhibits, performances and sales at Bowling Green State University, allows students in all artistic media to show off their work.
ArtsX, as it is known, is all about students having "a creative voice," said Lori Young, who chairs of the Division of Graphic Design in the School of Art. Young has been involved in the event since it started in 2004.
ArtsX will take place Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. in the School of Art and Wolfe Center for the Arts on campus. The theme this year is Carnivale.
Jacob Parr said he and his fellow seniors in a graphic design practicum were charged with branding the event, designing materials and marketing.
This gave them a chance to practice all the skills they'll need in the work world, Young said.
"It shows we can work together in a group atmosphere and manage a project," Nichole Heisler said. The inspiration for the Carnivale theme came from team member Andrea DePaoli, who attended the Carnevale in Venice while studying in the university's Studio Art Centers International program in Florence, Italy.
That theme "tied a lot of different elements together," DePaoli said. And for ArtsX with its diversity of activities that's necessary.
Posters that will be used for prizes during ArtsX this Friday at BGSU.
The hallways will be lined with booths featuring student artwork for sale. Student work will also be displayed throughout the building. Music students will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wolfe Center lobby and 6 to 10 p.m. in the School of Art Lobby. Art education students will host activities for children. Visitors will be able to design their own T-shirts and watch them being printed. The annual faculty and staff art exhibit will also open that night.
In designing the poster, the students projected a more sophisticated vision of a carnival in the posters, said Chelsea Kapfman. They stayed away from the more circus-like elements. Still they plan to have someone walking around draped with a snake.
The Carnivale theme also inspired a mask making competition that will take place in the graphic design lab.
Among the prizes being given out will be one-of-a-kind silk-screened editions of the poster.
As seniors, the graphic design students have all experienced ArtsX. DePaoli said in the past she's enjoyed the chance to show her work, and see what other students are working on.
She's also done Christmas shopping. "It's all hand-made, and something you can't find in the stores."
The buzz of activities draws people from Wood  and Lucas counties, Young said. Conceding she sounds like a cheerleader, Young said: "This is an event we can hold to say we're really together."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:43

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