A series of student artwork is on display at Roanoke College, but you won’t find it in Olin Hall’s galleries. You’ll see the art throughout campus in some unlikely places, including in Fintel Library, Trexler Hall and Fox Hall.
Roanoke College students from a fall upper level drawing course piloted this project, called Art Out of Olin.
It showcases students’ work in a public setting, while enhancing the college’s appearance. Each student who participated scouted out locations on campus for potential sites to install a drawing specifically designed for that space. After the spaces were identified, these students created proposals and initial sketches to share with the buildings’ representatives.
Each student met with their clients to review proposals, sign contracts, finalize locations and determine the length of the installation. The students created the artwork as part of a larger body of work and incorporated the experience into a final artist statement.
These art pieces carry a diversity of techniques and styles, ranging from murals to cutouts, traditional pen and ink to mixed media textiles, scientific illustration and even graffiti. Themes also run the gamut from religion to politics, future career paths to personal identity, storytelling and mathematically inspired forms.
The finished and framed artwork went on display this spring.
Student artists include Renae Dower, Jhovan Hernandez, Robin Hernandez, Alex Hollar, Becca Ibarra, Travis Lumpkin, Grant McAvan, Shannon O’Neill, Michelle Pierce, Courtney Robb and Heather Woods
Art Out of Olin has been accepted into Roanoke College’s Pathways Program, which enhances out-of-the-box learning on campus.
-By Allison Shannon ’15