Works included digital animations, augmented reality works, prints, paintings and sculptures. The participating students are graduating with Bachelor's degrees in Fine Arts, Visual Arts or Visual Arts: Electronic Media.
Three of the featured students highlighted their inspiration, and how Old Westbury prepared them for the exhibit:
Cecile Clarke, a Visual Arts student from Queens, New York
Isis Ilfill, a Bachelor of Fine Arts student from Rockville Centre, New York
"My work in the gallery focuses on impermanence and remembrance through symbolic still lifes. I chose to work with contemporary items, that reflect our current time, to maintain the notion that life is fleeting. I was inspired to create this project by the early painting style called 'vanitas,' which is also a symbolic still life, working with that same theme.
Several Visual Arts faculty assisted with this project, especially Professor Bernard. In the future, I wish to pursue my master's in art therapy. I feel that Old Westbury prepared me for that goal by allowing me space to be creative, and by providing me unwavering support and encouragement."
Luis Palomo, a Bachelor of Fine Arts student with a minor in Digital Design Marketing from Oceanside, New York.
"As a male deaf artist, I am constantly exploring my identity. I have been painting abstracts about my emotions for a few years now. My work is an expression of my identity both as a deaf individual, and a person living a bicultural experience. I have been wanting to showcase the uniqueness of deaf culture as well as what it is like being Deaf in a hearing world.
I’ve learned that when I am feeling uncreative and experiencing a drawing block initially, I need to accept this period as a time to brainstorm and research, and allow an idea to form. Sometimes, my ideas spring out fully formed when I am in an emotional state. I also learned a lot from my professors who would critique my work and guide the improvement of my artistic skills."After graduation next semester, I would like to become an art teacher for the deaf, which would allow me to gain practical teaching experience. I want to help students improve their skills and creative process. I want the students to be in a place where they can enjoy themselves, and feel relaxed and in a good mood."