The Senior Art Exhibition Will Open in the Lula E. Rackley Gallery on Nov. 30

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Cover image — “Desert Dala,” an oil on wood painting by Kate Barnes

WILSON, N.C. — November 16, 2017 — A thought-provoking and intriguing mixture of painting, graphic design, audio recording technology, and documentary is coming to the Lula E. Rackley Gallery in Case Art Building on the Barton College campus. The Senior Exhibition, spanning the program’s concentrations, will showcase the work of three graduating seniors, Kate Barnes, Shannon Casto, and Brandon Olivera, from the School of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts. Barton Art Galleries will host an opening reception for the Senior Exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4-6 p.m. Gallery Talks by each senior will begin at 5 p.m. The Senior Exhibition will be on view in the Lula E. Rackley Gallery through Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Kate Barnes of Wilson will display work inspired by “fun, femininity, fashion, and fear.” Her works consist of oil paintings, as well as digitally constructed pieces that have been produced using various Adobe programs. She maintains a common element of patterning to create a coherent body of work. Barnes plans to graduate in December, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a dual concentration in Graphic Design and Painting.

Shannon Casto of Goldsboro will showcase a documentary that addresses the question, “What would you do if you had the ability to change the world?” This combination of video, visual effects, and graphic design transcends the commonly-perceived boundaries between fine art and communication. Casto plans to graduate in December, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communications. (“World Change,” a digital image by Shannon Casto)

Brandon Olivera of Tobaccoville will present a music video and album cover for his multimedia project titled “Mani.” He has created a body of work that has been inspired by his reflection on family. This theme is reflected through the mixing and mastering of audio, as well as videography and graphic design. Olivera plans to graduate in December, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Audio Recording Technology. (“Mani,” an oil on wood painting by Brandon Olivera).

For additional information about this exhibition, please contact Maureen O’Neill, assistant professor of art and director of exhibitions & educational programming, at 252-399-6476 or, or Barton Art Galleries at 252-399-6477.



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