Fine Art Phenomena

From macro tarantula photography to an animated Eurydice, Pace students have poured their art and soul into their final projects on display through December 18.

In case you missed the opening reception for the Project Studio Show the other night at the Peter Fingesten Gallery in NYC, you still have time to see all of the impressive art pieces that Pace students have been working on this semester. The students of Project Studio, under the direction of Fine Arts professor Barbara Friedman, celebrated the culmination of all their hard work with this gallery exhibition running now through December 18.

The Project Studio class, which Friedman describes as an “opportunity [for students] to develop an independent project and sustain a vision,” is comprised of 13 advanced Pace students, each showing a final project in the medium of their choice. “The show can feature anything, from digital art, painting, and photographs, to something like a performance piece,” says Friedman, who has taught the Project Studio class once before on the PLV Campus.

The students, all of whom were well-equipped with an arsenal of artistic abilities, honed their skills over this semester to create a myriad of interesting pieces. Some of the work included in the show is a series of representational non-literal family portraits, sculptural collages, layered painting, original music compositions, traditional and digital photography, textile art, and an animated short about the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Fine Arts major Megan Elwood ’11, who will be showing a series of macro-photographs of a tarantula, says that being in Professor Friedman’s class “helped give [her] confidence back in photography. This is one of the few projects I am proud of and excited to show off to others.” Megan adds “it’s going to be an exciting and interesting show that even people who are not into art will enjoy. We’ve all been working really hard… and would love if the Pace Community would come and support not just us as a class, but the whole art department.”

If this fine art phenomena isn’t enough to fill your quota, be sure to check out some of Barbara Friedman’s upcoming exhibitions. One of her paintings will be in a group show at the Painting Center in Chelsea that opened on December 2, followed by another showing of work at the Brunswick Window Gallery in downtown Jersey City from May 24 through June 25.