TWU serious about fine arts

As the fitting finale to their four-year development as professional artists, Trinity Western University's fourth-year art students are taking their work to the community. In TWU's largest senior art show to date, the graduating art majors will be showcasing their art downtown, at the Art Centre in Vancouver on Saturday, April 22.

The public is invited to check out the variety of art on display, including video installations, encaustic media, paintings, photography, sound art and even children's book illustrations. TWU artists will be present at the centre, available to discuss their work and answer questions. Some artists may be open to selling their work.

As graduates of TWU's Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts (FPSPA), art students display their work as the final component of a year-long capstone course—a requirement for all graduating art majors. By drawing upon the students' developed skills and learned art theory, this course gives them the opportunity to refine and focus their individual voice and style.

“In the Senior Studio, students are put into situations that help prepare them to function as artists outside of the classroom,” explains Doris Auxier, Chair and Assistant Professor of FPSPA at TWU. “They work as a team to handle most of the business aspects of the show, including fundraising, hospitality, set-up, and generating publicity. Their displayed work is the culmination of two semesters of visual experimentation, cultural research and studio work.”

Such personal growth can be a slow process, according to James Moes, TWU student association president and art graduate. “There is something of a waiting for one's voice—or call perhaps—to happen in the class.” Moes switched his major from communications to art two years ago, when the program became available.

Jessica Matthies, also graduating with her art degree, explains that the process of self-discovery often involves dealing with issues that are ignored or left unspoken, which she address in her own work. “Things are not always as simple as we imagine them. [In my piece] I am reflecting emotion as a complex issue.”

Matthies adds that the art department has been invaluable in the development of her individual artistic voice. “The standard of excellence has consistently blown me away,” she says. “It is a rigorous and demanding discipline.”

Matthies is not alone in her experience. The new art major has grown extensively since its inception. New students are continually added and plans are also underway to build more facilities for the art department as well as for all of FPSPA.

Event: TWU Senior Show, entitled: “She Got The Wrong Address And Is Now Walking Up Slides”
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2006
Time: 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Reception at 6 p.m.
Location: The Art Centre, 2nd Floor, 2060 Pine Street, Vancouver.
Cost: No charge

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum