“It’s A Girl” Launches Senior Exhibit Schedule


ST. LOUIS — Museums and city galleries are not the only places to admire the work of some of St. Louis’ up and coming artists. Many can be found at Maryville University. On Monday, Feb, 25, the first of the 2008 Senior Art Exhibits will open in the Morton J. May Foundation Gallery, located temporarily in the Donius University Center. It will feature the work of Katie Wang, a senior fine arts and studio arts major, in an exhibit titled, “It’s A Girl.”

During a reception from 6-9 p.m., February 28, Wang of Omaha, Neb., will talk about the selection and arrangement of her works in the gallery as well as the process behind preparing for the exhibition. This is the first time she will have a solo exhibit and Wang says she is looking forward to her debut. “It’s quite an accomplishment to fill a gallery space with all of my own work,” she commented. “I am looking forward to sharing with family and friends, the work I have accomplished in my four years at Maryville.”

Wang said her work brings to the forefront the societal norms with which she takes issue. Her pieces progress from disgust to enlightenment. Beginning with body image and female stereotypes, she eventually moves forward to celebrate femininity. “I utilize an intense shade of pink as both a metaphor and vehicle for expressing universal femininity,” said Wang. “The colors also provide a formal element which unifies work that ranges from mixed media sculpture and artist’s books, to two-dimensional prints and drawings.” Through her art, Wang said she has discovered her voice and has realized the purpose she has in creating art and the ways in which she likes to create art.

The 2008 Senior Exhibits will continue in the May gallery through May and will include artists Allison Bruenger, Julia Holyfield, Amy Berring, Carla Guernsey, Craig Hoffman, Claire Frandsen and Katie Tulk.

Maryville University is a private institution offering approximately 50 undergraduate, seven master¹s and two doctoral degree programs to 3,422 students. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America¹s Best Colleges, Maryville University prepares its students for successful and meaningful careers. Among Maryville¹s most recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. Approximately 15,000 alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.