Hillsdale art students put together an art gallery this week — including paintings, master copies, photos, sculptures, and graphic designs.
“I think that the gallery is a great reflection of the kind of liberal arts culture that we have created at Hillsdale,” sophomore Anna Bassols said.
Bassols described how unique it is that all the students at Hillsdale can take part in supporting the art department.
“Even if students are not involved in the art department, they still take the time to come visit and support our student artists. I think that is really special,” Bassols said.
Bassols explained how the art gallery can be a reminder to students to take part in things that are good for the soul, despite the stress of college.
“Having a gallery is so important because it reminds us that we can do and create beautiful things despite the chaos of our daily lives,” Bassols said.
It is also important for students to visit the art gallery to encourage the art students who have dedicated a great deal of time on their pieces, said Bassols.
Sophomore Mary Ann Powers added to the gallery with her self portrait, which placed second in the category of drawing.
“I think it is really cool to see what all of the students are able to produce. It was very impressive,” Powers said.
Powers said her favorite thing about the art gallery is how it shows how creative the students are here.
“Sometimes we get caught up in the stresses of studying for exams and finals. The gallery provides a place where students can take a break and look at all the beauty in the world,” Powers said.
Julio Suarez, assistant professor of art, explained how the art gallery provides a wonderful opportunity for all students involved in the art department.
“Having access to the gallery offers art students the opportunity to show their work in a professional setting with the proper lighting and presentation needed for it to be fully appreciated,” Suarez said.
Sophomore Caleb Holm described how special these works of art are because they represent the countless hours students spent on their work.
“This show is special: these are student works,” Holm said. “The art show pulls all the art students’ work on display and gives the rest of the school the opportunity to see the fruits of countless studio hours.”
After many hours of dedication and concentration, Holm encouraged all the students of Hillsdale to stop by.