Twenty-nine artists will be showcased as part of Missouri Western’s ‘Senior Art Exhibition’ at Potter Hall Gallery.

For years, art majors at Missouri Western State University examine and hone their craft. For two weeks, the public can check out their work. 

"I just have seen the growth that they've experienced throughout time. And it's really just like a moment of celebration," Rebecca Foley, associate professor of art at Missouri Western and director of the Potter Hall Gallery, says. 

The first of two "Senior Art Exhibitions" will be showcased until April 5 in the Potter Hall Gallery at Missouri Western. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today. 

Consisting of pieces that range from multimedia presentations, paintings, product designs and sculptures, the showcase is the culmination of years of hard work for 29 students. 

"It's an opportunity to show off what they have learned and developed throughout their coursework (at) the university," Foley says. 

The art exhibit is held bi-annually at the college, in the fall and the spring, to highlight the achievements of the art department's senior class. As a professor, Foley says she feels a huge amount of pride watching the students show off their talents with the public. 

"For me, it's always just a moment of pride just knowing what the students have put in and all the time and energy they've devoted to learning their courses. And just like the pride of seeing it professionally presented. I think it's really, it's really great," she says.

Holding exhibits throughout the year, Potter Hall Gallery sees the biggest attendance from the senior exhibits, as friends, family and art enthusiasts interact with each other. 

"We enjoy seeing friends and family come out to support the students. And then we also see enjoy seeing like the younger students kind of looking up to that and looking forward to when they get their turn," Foley says.

Included in the exhibit are the following artists: Bekah Anderson, Chillicothe, Mo.; Skylan Bolin, Webb City, Mo.; Bernice Brown, Sedalia, Mo.; Paige Daniels, St. Joseph; Ben Hart, Osborn, Mo.; Diana Herrera Sanchez, Kansas City, Mo.; Bethany Jordan, Knob Noster, Mo.; Krystal Meyer, Hannibal, Mo.; Tristen Minor, St. Joseph; Kristen Powers, St. Joseph; Acacia Richardson, St. Joseph; Lorna Webb, Papillion, Neb.; Kenneth Young, Florissant, Mo.; and Sarah Zahari, Fenton, Mo.

The first gallery will be on display until April 5. 

It is open during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 27-April 5 and during performances in Potter Theatre. It is free and open to the public. 

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