They have at least three things in common: They are all juniors at NAU, they are all 21 years old, and, perhaps most important, they all are passionate about practicing each of their art forms.
Patrick Byrn, Nancy Newby and Tolley Rippon are participating in the Selected Student Show, which will be on display at the Beasley Art Gallery at NAU through March 28.
“I had the idea for the show last semester,” said Christopher Kane Taylor, who directs the exhibitions at the gallery. “I did a juried show for the students. I picked the best of the show. I wanted to honor these guys here. They’re a little bit younger than the kids who are graduating. By giving them a show in a nice big space, it kind of encourages them to continue to work.”
The students hosted a reception on Valentine’s Day, after working hard to install their work earlier last week.
Rippon, a ceramics major, placed his tea cups and teapot on red rock in the gallery space.
“I wanted to make the experience of something that lasts for a short time like a butterfly or flower, and contrast that with something timeless and huge, like rock formations,” he said.
Byrn is a painter, and his large works, with names like “Separation Anxiety” and “Last Breath,” are colorful and perhaps even controversial.
“I guess my themes are humor and depression, and about repeated imagery that is passed off without understanding,” he explained.
Newby creates delicate and detailed intaglio prints, which are displayed on one entire wall in the gallery.
“I was a little nervous at first, just trying to create a big enough body of work, but it’s filling up the wall,” she commented during the installation.
The Beasley Gallery is named in honor of Richard E. Beasley, who was an educator at NAU since 1968 and an administrator since 1987.
The gallery has been the traditional venue for BFA students to hold their final exhibitions and experience the life of a professional artist.
Beasley died in 1992, but he became renowned for his creative genius as a visual artist, and his revolutionary contributions in the calligraphic arts.
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