Senior Thesis Exhibition 2019

April 26–May 10, 2019
Benton Spruance Art Center

Arcadia University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, in conjunction with Arcadia Exhibitions, is pleased to present the Senior Thesis Exhibition from April 26 through May 10, 2019.

Installation view, Caroline Foglia Empowered Women Empower Women (2019) photo courtesy the Department of Art and Design

For this show the galleries, corridors, and studios of the Benton Spruance Art Center are transformed into a single expansive exhibition space. For the graduating seniors, the bodies of work on view, encompassing a full range of creative disciplines and approaches, represent the concluding research of their intensive, year-long capstone experience.

Installation view, Molly Foster, Untitled (2019) photo courtesy the Department of Art and Design

An end of year exhibition highlighting the work of Arcadia’s graduating art seniors is a tradition that dates back to the Department’s move to the Glenside campus from Jenkintown in 1935. Over time the opening of the exhibition has evolved into a celebration for the entire campus community, marking the end of Arcadia’s Thesis Week, which includes presentations and displays from every major.

Installation view, Rachel Geisinger Porcelain Grey (2019) photo courtesy the Department of Art and Design

Additionally, the first night of the exhibition is a moment when many alumni of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts choose to make their return to campus. They come to support friends, to converse with former mentors, or just to celebrate their connection to the larger community. 

Beginning in 2016, the alums attending the reception are given the opportunity to vote on their favorite individual thesis presentation. This year’s Alumni Prize was awarded to Caroline Patterson. 

The opening reception will be held on April 26, 2019 beginning with a special sneak preview reception for alumni at 7:00 PM. The show opens to the Arcadia community and the general public at 8:00 PM with light refreshments provided.

Installation view, Kalee Shomo Youth Mission House (2019) photo courtesy the Department of Art and Design

The students included in this years exhibition include: Alexandra Altamuro, Paige Boucher, Farrah Bradley, Sardis Disla, Leo Fahringer, Rebecca Fisher, Caroline Foglia, Emma Foster, Molly Foster, Remi Frisby, Rachel Geisinger, Rachel Hirsch, Nikki Ishak, Chelsea Kalman, Christian Lasyone, Jisung Lee, Maya Lewis, Angela Martin, Acacia Masso, Colleen McFillin, Xiaohan Miao, Audrey Myers, Caroline Patterson, Laura Penn, Gabriella Rymshaw, Conner Rivers, Ashley Selig, Kalee Shomo, Ev Smith, Abigail Stevens, Dilen St. James, Maria Vallette, Courtney Vincent, Emily Wolf