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Senior art brings new start

11 May 2014 By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer No Comments

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For the seniors in the art department, Saturday, May 10 was a day to showcase every imaginable form of art, from tiny, wearable jewelry pieces to hand-crafted furniture that was actually functional. The senior show, entitled “NOVI XIV”, was held at Gallery 788 in Hampden.

The show went up on May 8, and will remain on display until the end of the month, however Saturday was the opening reception. Students, family members and artwork filled the two-floor gallery space.

Benjamin Moser’s piece, a table made of cast concrete, was one of the largest in the show. It weighed over 500 pounds, not counting the custom chairs that he had made to go with it.

“Getting it together was probably the easy part,” Moser said. “The hard part was getting it up the stairs.”

The senior show also included paintings, videos, illustrations, advertisements and 3D work. Guests could interact with a number of art pieces: children’s books and pamphlets, created to be flipped through, and a student-created video game on display designed to be played with.

The title of the show, NOVI, comes from the Latin word for new — as in the newest phase of these young artists’ lives as soon-to-be graduates.

Ceramicist and metalsmith Natalie Needham described the process of participating in the senior show and realizing she was about to graduate as surreal.

“It’s going to take awhile to sink in, but I’m really excited to show everyone my stuff,” she said.

“NOVI XIV” will be on display at Gallery 788 until May 22.

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