BEAU Students Transform Campus into Work of Art
We’re an art school, after all, and our students create amazing work. But sometimes they don’t take these pieces home.
Student artwork has become part of the building. Various classes display their work not only in the Kaye Myhre art gallery, but in every corner of the building.
Most recently, the 3D Design I class had an assignment to create and install three-dimensional pieces throughout the school.
Erin Coleman-Cruz, the program chair for the Visual Design program and the instructor for this course, had this to say about the art installations:
“Students were challenged to treat the space of the school as something that is potentially growing, living and breathing. Others took the approach that something was an outcropping or extension of the space. The students were challenged to use a piece of foam core board and any other medium to communicate their concept. So you may see wriggling life forms, delicate stalagmites or transparent figures coming out of the walls.”
Coleman-Cruz continued: “The installations presented show work from beginning students and graduating students, and it is a great opportunity to see how art can transform a space and transport the audience to another place—which really is at the heart of an art installation.”
This is definitely true. You can see stalagmites across the hall from the library, a beheaded body coming out of the wall in the fourth-floor student lounge, and a “beware” sign in the hallway.
This is not unusual, though. At BEAU, our walls are our canvas and our gallery. Walking the third floor you will see examples of photography, life drawing and comic art. Some is even interactive.
“In the third floor commons space is graduate Alisha Prince’s BFA thesis exhibition, ‘Journey,’ which invites viewers to create a work of origami and hang it in the tree in exchange for an origami piece that she made,” Coleman-Cruz said. “Her goal was to give back to her community of classmates—to encourage them in their journeys as artists—in a collaborative space. Each of her origami pieces are made up of projects that she completed while she was a student, and then laboriously folded into the blossom forms.”
It just goes to show that an art education at BEAU is a hands-on experience, and it leaves a lasting impression.