By Jessica Schurmann
The third floor art gallery in the Fine Arts Center opened its first senior show of the semester on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Seniors Philip Hanner, Rachel Hoscheit and Juila Opalinski presented a diverse body of work that culminated from their years of work at Viterbo.
Hanner, a printmaking major from Juda, Wis., exhibited six Intaglio Etched prints utilizing etching techniques such as sugar-lift, aquatint, marker-ground, etching and dry point. His style demonstrates unity, a wide range of techniques, and an individual approach that marks his pieces as his own.
One of the prints, entitled “Moon, Pine, and Flower” is a very bold piece with a variety of textures, gradients and placement that brings everything together and highlights the subject matter with life-like accuracy.
Hoscheit is a recent art education graduate from Onalaska, Wis. who focuses on the style of “Idiosyncratic Art.” Hoscheit described the style of art during the show opening as “art that is natural…art that is within oneself.”
For the show, Hosheit displayed six examples of printmaking: one woodcut, two drypoint, one intaglio and two monoprints. She also exhibited two ceramic pieces: a beautiful and realistic tree stump sculpture and an equally beautiful round vessel with a tree stump opening. Much of Hoscheit’s art tied humans and nature together, and all of it flowed together into a cohesive body of work.
A digital photography major from Prairie du Chien, Wis., Opalinski submitted eight works of digital photography to the show, with the intention to show viewers things they may not notice on a day-to-day basis. She brought observers into her world with personal photographs of nature, skylines, interesting architecture, and animals. The photos are of great quality and make viewers think twice about what they pay attention to in the world.
Hanner and Opalinski will graduate in May with Bachelors of the Fine Arts. The three seniors’ show will be open until Feb. 15 and can be viewed during gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.