BFA exhibition draws attention to arts program
Karen Simmons / Sun Star
The Art Gallery, room 313, in the Fine Arts Complex is hosting a Bachelor of Fine Arts group exhibition. The student collaborative is free of charge and officially opens today at 5 p.m. and will remain on display until Nov. 7.
The multi-student effort includes artwork from various concentrations in the BFA undergraduate program. The showcase features various methods in painting, sculpturing, printmaking and drawing throughout the studio room. Though the exhibit has no set theme, colorful representations of animal life are incorporated throughout the gallery’s displayed pieces.
The exhibit’s largest sculpture, Multiplied Mice, is a 42-piece sculpture created by Scott Holladay, a BFA sculpture and printmaking student. The 24 large, one medium, and 16 baby individual mice included in his piece are made from repurposed steel pipe Holladay salvaged and welded together.
The piece came to be after Todd Sherman, CLA dean, commissioned Holladay to create a structure that could hold up and display signs for a College of Liberal Arts event a couple weeks ago. To construct his design, Holladay cut lengths of steel pipe into fourths and welded curved triangular sections of steel. After a while, he didn’t see just metal, but mice. Holladay continued the project, which resulted in Sherman’s 24 banner-holding-mice and his Multiplied Mice exhibit piece. His simplistic creature design consists of a triangular steel plate that is rounded to create the mouse’s body. A thick length of steel, is joined to and anchored by the mouse’s body, giving it a long tail. Each tail has a loop at the tip and reaches straight up at a height of about 6 in. for smaller mice and about three and a half ft. for the larger ones.
Holladay added a large piece of cheese, 16 baby mice and the single slender mouse, or “the female mouse,” as he called it. The mice scatter from a false mouse hole near the gallery’s double doors to the rear wall where they surround a bright yellow-orange wedge of foam cheese. He added the cheese to give the sculpture more substance and a central focus. “I thought the mice needed a purpose,” Holladay said, “and cheese was their purpose.”
There will be a meeting for those interested in knowing more about the BFA degree this Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the UAF Art Gallery. A registration and advising meeting is scheduled the following Friday, Nov. 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. Faculty and BFA students will be available to answer questions and make advising appointments with those interested in pursuing and art degree.