Six senior art majors are set to have their artwork displayed at ACU’s downtown gallery starting this Thursday.
The show, entitled “Trending,” will see a culmination of pieces from the students’ time at ACU on display.
David Singer, senior graphic design major from Pflugerville, said while every senior art major has a show, Trending is unique. Most senior shows take place in Shore Art Gallery on campus, but six seniors are chosen to present downtown. This show opens in conjunction with ArtWalk, a monthly arts festival held in downtown Abilene.
The combination of presenting the show off-campus and opening with ArtWalk broadens the audience for these seniors.
“It’s specifically opening during ArtWalk so we can get the foot traffic and people from Abilene,” Singer said.
Asja LeÅ¾nina, senior two-dimensional studio art major from Tallinn, Estonia, said holding the show downtown is especially helpful for broadening the audience.
“It’s a good way of getting exposure and getting your name out there. Our show’s downtown, so we get a lot of people who are not ACU community, who are not our classmates and friends to come see it,” LeÅ¾nina said.
The students will display a wide variety of pieces. Four of the six seniors are graphic design majors, and Singer said many of the pieces will be logos, posters, packaging design, and even website designs displayed on computer monitors.
“Most of the graphic designers have things that we’ve done on the side for clients,” Singer said.
The show is being advertised with a pound sign, or “hashtag” as it has been called since the uprising of Twitter. The simplistic yet compelling character is meant to both spark the audience’s interest and reflect the content on display.
“We just wanted something that was really simple that wouldn’t distract from the art but would still be recognizable enough to get people to come,” Singer said.
While one would expect the students to have their best work on display, “Trending” reinforces this thought.
“The name itself says that we’re putting our best stuff in, which is obvious,” LeÅ¾nina said. “If the name was ‘The Best out of the Best’ or ‘Blue Skies and Rainbows’ we would still have picked our best work.”
Though the show opens during Sing Song week, the students do not anticipate it to affect attendance. Many are making snacks for opening night.
“Trending” will display the work of seniors Anna Pinson, 2D studio; Asja LeÅ¾nina, 2D studio; David Singer, graphic design; Evan Marks, graphic design; Keith Jernigan, graphic design and Mallory Ming, graphic design.
Trending: A Senior Art Show opens Thursday, Feb. 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the ACU Downtown Gallery at 1133 N. 2nd.