Shuchat Arts Fellowship exhibition features student art

Contact: Ahna J Piatt

Billy Ullmann, Emma Stocker and Sarah Grahn describe their summer art projects that are now on exhibit in the Art Building.

The Shuchat Arts Fellowship Program (SAFP) provides students in art, music or theatre an opportunity to develop their experience and expertise through significant independent summer projects, working closely under the guidance of faculty mentors. This year’s mentor was Assistant Professor Cayla Skillin-Brauchle.

Funding for this program is made possible through a generous, multi-year pledge from Mr. Terry N. Shuchat.

This year, the Shuchat Fellowship recipients in Art are Billy Ullmann, Emma Stocker and Sarah Grahn. The show will run from Aug. 24 through Sept. 4 in the Art Building’s Student Gallery (room 211).

The 2020 Shuchat Projects, in each artist’s own words

Billy Ullmann (Knot Feelings)

Knot Feelings is a family of soft sculptures inspired by internal and external body parts, ideas of connection, and love. Some are filled to the brim with stuff and guts; others are empty inside and void of filling. Each Knot Feeling untangles concepts of femininity, attachment and repetitive actions.

Emma Stocker (Cryptids)

My Cryptids stem from a need to believe in and imagine non-real things in the world we live in. Living in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by mysterious forests and dense wilderness evokes a strong desire within me to see more beyond what we can see with the naked eye. It is from this feeling that I began to imagine these otherworldly Cryptids and strived to give them physical forms to allow others to experience the same kind of fantastical encounters I desire to find myself.

Sarah Grahn (Moss and Meditation)

My Shuchat project was designed as an exploration of Minto Brown Island Park. Mindfulness walks and observational drawing are tools I used to create a more well rounded image of a park that I had originally viewed primarily through a scientific lens. As an active restoration site, Minto brown provides an opportunity to view the relationship between native and invasive species in day to day life. Through my artwork I wanted to explore how I could visually distort and challenge the perceived relationship between native species such as the Spotted Towhee and invasive species such as the Himalayan Blackberry.

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