Expression Unleashed: Annual Senior Art Show Highlights Emerging College Artists

Hope Wolthuis, San Diego senior, smiles as her pieces, titled “Fluid Femininity,” are displayed before her (Photo by Katherine Simpkins).

On April 1, the Department of Art and Art History held its annual reception for the start of the senior showcase. Titled, “Look Closer,” various pieces were highlighted from senior art majors who were given creative freedom among their classes. Ranging from a sticker vending machine to a wall filled with controversial news headlines, students explored many different art forms to define this year’s theme. 

The gallery is open to the public through the last day of classes, insert date here. General hours are Tuesday/Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Gabriel River, Chicago senior, stands next to his work titled “Fotografía de la noche.” (Photo illustration by Katherine Simpkins).
“The Subtle Patriarchy of Women” by Evelyn Garduno, Dallas senior (Photo by Katherine Simpkins).
“Lesbianism: The Forbidden Fruit” by Evelyn Garduno, Dallas senior (Photo by Katherine Simpkins).
From ceramics and photography to printmaking and News headlines, students showcased their take on this year’s theme “Look Closer” (Photo by Katherine Simpkins).
“Thank you” by Kassandra Stoll, senior from West Branch (Photo by Katherine Simpkins).
“Push, Pull, Print” by Madison Woods, senior from Jackson (Photo by Katherine Simpkins).
“Beyond the Binary” by Evelyn Garduno, senior from Dallas (Photo by Katherine Simpkins).



Correction: On April 10 at 8:00 am, this article has been corrected to spell Hope Wolthuis’ name correctly. 

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Katherine Simpkins, aka "Kat", is a senior from Adrian, MI. She is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Educational Studies. Her passion for journalism started at an early age when she picked up her camera and started seeing life from a different perspective. In her free time, you can find Kat snuggled up next to her cat, Phoebe; named after the best "Friends" character. You can contact her at

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