Senior Art Explores “Degrees of Separation”

By Scott Craig   |   March 29, 2018
Frannie Richardson’s photo “Yarn Bomb Milk”

Fourteen graduating art majors will offer their capstone art projects, which span painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber sculpture, digital prints, welding, assemblage, and a charcoal animation from April 5 to May 5 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Degrees of Separation: Westmont Graduate Exhibition” is Thursday, April 5 from 4 to 6 pm at the museum.

Nicole Nicodemus oil painting “untitled”

“The range of content for artwork stems from the student’s investigation into themes that have emerged during their education at Westmont,” says Nathan Huff, assistant professor of art. “The students jointly came up with the exhibition title ‘Degrees of Separation’, which acknowledges both the collective experience that they have journeyed as art majors at Westmont and also celebrates the unique visions that each artist explores in the context of the show.”

Concepts include concerns about social justice, stewardship of the environment, and encourage empathetic viewing of another person or perspective. “There are works that explore the personal nature of faith, some that disclose individual hardship, and others that attempt to challenge societal norms,” Huff says. “Each spring, I look forward to celebrating the hard work, developed skill, and sincere vision from our graduating seniors.”

The artists include Rianne Banuelos, Mikayla Fish, April Harper, Janna Jensen, Erika Lee, Izzi Mata, Makayla Monahan, Nicole Nicodemus, Meredith Olson, Frannie Richardson, Chelsea Roberts, Ian Stephenson, Nathan Tarr, and Daniel Thiel.

Ken and Francie Jewesson are sponsoring the exhibition.  

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and on college holidays. For more information, please visit or contact the museum at (805) 565-6162.


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