Spring Exhibitions at the CVA Galleries

Please join the CVA Galleries for the May First Friday and the opening recpetions for the following:


Elizabeth King, 65° over 55°, BFA Thesis Exhibition   

Caitlin McMorris, You’re Fine, Capstone Exhibition

Paige Gerhard, Intentional Chances, BFA Thesis Exhibition

Miranda Redhead, Haunted Hearts: Of Laments and Love, Capstone Exhibition

Madison Reames, Exploring Self Identity: A Color Study, Solo Exhibition

James Montes De Orca, Narrative of Hands, Solo Exhibition

Jazmine B. Heard, Stars and Stripes, BFA Thesis Exhibition


Opening Reception: Friday, May 4th, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: May 4th – May 23rd, 2018


Retzlaff Gallery (Art Building): 

65° over 55°, Elizabeth King, BFA Thesis Exhibition  

Through my artwork, I want the viewer to understand the experience of what it is like to live in a modified world. By including larger than life paintings, sculpture, and video, the scale gives a sense as to how overpowering one event may have been. My work visits recurring themes of stiffness in mobility, as well as the emotional stress of the life alterations I coped with at a young age.

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Thorndike Gallery (Art Building): 

You’re Fine, Caitlin McMorris, Capstone Exhibition

My work holds a certain campy weight that has made it an intimate mirror of my persona. As someone who mostly stays in and watches TV, I never expected to be hospitalized with a rare life threatening illness. This new sculptural work is my coping mechanism in response to a near death experience, and a complete turn around from what I have made in the past. It is both beautiful and an informative lesson on self-advocacy.

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Meyer Memorial Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

Intentional Chances, Paige Gerhard, BFA Thesis Exhibition

Control, intention, and chance define my process in working with watercolor and determining the final composition. Working solely with the color pink, and using untraditional methods to apply the paint, I am interested in the marks that are made as a result of my process in applying it, and the process in allowing it to dry/settle. In my work, I want to highlight and emphasize the intricate and delicate details, in addition to the natural qualities of the paint.

Paige Gerhard. Promotional Image.


Boise-Cascade Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

Haunted Hearts: Of Laments and Love, Miranda Redhead, Capstone Exhibition

The inevitability of love and death acts as an ineffable part of the human experience. Through the juxtaposition of dark, yet delicate imagery, I seek to encapsulate that which can only be felt and not described. Horror as a genre permits the mind to indulge in the forbidden; allowing curiosity to conquer fright, disregarding what once forbade our thirst for the unknown. Gentle colors dance in shadows of blackness in a celebration of the marriage between horror and beauty; equal parts gorgeous and grotesque.



Art Department Chairs Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

Exploring Self Identity: A Color Study, Madison Reames, Capstone Exhibition

My capstone project encompasses connection to identity through a color. This color theory started out as an idea that each person embodies a color of their own: call it their aura, their light, their disposition. The theme of identity and color weaves its way into photographs, with the challenge of twenty-seven exposures, or photographs, within a single disposable camera or instant polaroid to tell each participants story of individuality.

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JELD WEN Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

Narrative of Hands, James Montes De Orca, Solo Exhibition

This exhibition was created to tell the story of how people’s hands are similar in form, yet different in representation of themselves and those behind the hands. Even though some may see them as insignificant, each pair tells a unique story of its own. Each individual person has had some sort of connection to my life. This is my representation of telling their stories.

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CVA Gallery Courtyard (Art Department):

Stars and Stripes, Jazmine B. Heard, BFA Thesis Exhibition

I explore the meaning of mood and environment through poetry and everyday objects that may seem obsolete. What it means to be black and poor and silenced. To be murdered or institutionally lynched by systems and micro-aggressions every single day. Stars And Stripes is reminiscent of my own experiences growing up in the Rust Belt of America. It is the home, the personal, and the indebted connection to my ancestors. I honor the dead and bring them to life through the trees and grass. They are a part of my nature.
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Attached photos:

Elizabeth King, Parents Know Best, Mixed media 

Caitlin McMorris, Lung Test 2, Mixed media

Paige Gerhard, Scrape, Watercolor 

Miranda Redhead, Untitled, Photography

Madison Reames, Untitled, Photography  

James Montes De Oca, Untitled, Photography  

Jazmine B. Heard, Oath, Mixed media