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Colby-Sawyer College Senior Art Exhibition Features Student Work

NEW LONDON, N.H., March 30, 2007 – The Colby-Sawyer College Department for Fine and Performing Arts will present the annual Senior Art Exhibition, featuring art students' work in multiple media, including drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and graphic design.

The show opened on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. with a talk by Visiting Artist Minna Resnick, a second-generation feminist artist whose representations of women transcend stereotypes prescribed by mass media and traditional art history.

“We can look forward to an eclectic mix of student work that reflect new energies, ideas and approaches to traditional art mediums,” says Rebekah Tolley, gallery director and assistant professor of Fine and Performing Arts, who says that new faculty and upgraded facilities at the college have encouraged students to venture into new directions. “The show will include results of students' experiments with alternative processes in photography, silk-screening and photo-digital printmaking, and some New Media ventures into animation and video.”

The Senior Art Exhibition Reception will be held Thursday, April 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mugar Gallery. The reception will include the presentation of scholarships and awards from the college and local individuals and businesses. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.

The senior art show features the best career work of all senior art students, some of which is recognized with awards. The Presidential Purchase Award will be presented to an artist or graphic designer whose work will become part of the college's Permanent Collection. The Susan C. Harp Memorial Purchase Award will recognize excellence in graphic design, and local proprietor Mesa sponsors several other awards.

Seniors whose work will be featured in this year's exhibition include Kelsey Bacon, Hilary Ballentine, Sharon Belden, Denise Benton, Jeffrey Blood, Stephanie Canty, Kristin Caron, Leah Condon, Siobhan Cooney, Katie Corliss, Kathleen Corr, Daniel Cwirka, Sarah Dorrance, Alexandra Eden, Sarah Ferry, Emily Filkins, Kristina Garrison, Lisa Haedrich, Nicole Hawkes, Suzanne Kaegi, Jessica Kingsbury, Cathy MacDonald, Teresa Marturano, Matthew Merrill, Matthew Stolarz, Adrian Pelletier, Ashley Rodkey and Kristen Young.

While in college, Kathy Corr, a senior graphic design student from Lexington, Mass., has worked as a freelance graphic and web designer for a variety of clients in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. “Many of my pieces have clean lines, simple structures, and utilize color to add interest,” she says.

Sarah Dorrance, a graduating photography student, says her work is inspired by “curiosity, dream worlds, and nightmares.” She adds: “Photography is my great passion and obsession, which I use as a visual language to express my views and thoughts through my conceptual imagery.”

To learn about the Colby-Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Department, visit To view the work of Visiting Artist Minna Resnick, visit

Fine and Performing Arts at Colby-Sawyer

Colby-Sawyer College's Fine and Performing Arts Department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in six concentrations: ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Students may also major in art or art education, through which they earn K-12 certification.

Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and other times by appointment.

Colby-Sawyer, founded in 1837, is a comprehensive liberal arts college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Our students learn in small classes through a select array of programs that integrate the liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional experience.

Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, N.H. 03257 (603) 526-3000