Senior Exhibitions 2019

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It is almost time for senior shows! Every winter semester, the Klemm Gallery provides graduating seniors in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program an opportunity to prepare and mount exhibitions of their work. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree will exhibit their work in Gallery 10. Above is the list of graduating seniors and the dates of their exhibitions, as well as the dates of their oral defenses. At an oral defense, the student will state the meaning behind their show, and why they made the choices they did. Below are the titles of each exhibition, as well as press releases from each artist. Check back each week for more content!

BFA Exhibitions:

Skylar Keith: “Where Do You See Yourself”

Cordell Strong: “Two Hearts”

John Bucher: “The Night Show”

Steve Gonzalez: “Bake or BBQ”

KaCee Costello: “Milk & Cookies”

Austin Barnett: “not a dump”

Brandon Page: “Childish, Creative, Confident”

BA Exhibitions:

Ariel Sheets: “Family, Theatre and Flowers”

Enoch Tsibu-Beckson: “Built Different”

Paige Dean: “The Upper Story”

Tim Ford: “Color on Color”

Erin Blohm: “Lir”

Press Releases

Skylar Keith

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Adrian Michigan Siena Heights University senior Skylar Keith will exhibit her show “Where Do You See Yourself” from February 19 through February 27 in Klemm Gallery in Studio Angelico on the Adrian Campus. Keith’s show includes photography, video and sculptural works. Her oral defense will take place on February 20. She will be hosting a reception on Sunday, February 24 from 4 – 6 PM.

Keith’s show represents the daily struggle of living with a mental disorder and how it effects your self-image. She speaks a lot about never expecting to grow up with issues such as body dysmorphia and depression.

In partial fulfillment of her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree, Keith said she wants others to see and experience the way she and others like her feel every day.

Keith is daughter of Stacy Roggelin of Erie Michigan. She is a 2014 graduate of Britton Deerfield Schools.

Gallery hours are 9 AM – 4 PM Monday – Friday. For more information visit www.Studioangelico.com or call (517) 264 – 7860.


Cordell Strong

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Adrian, Michigan. Siena Heights University senior Cordell Strong will be exhibiting his show “Two Hearts” March 12-17 in Klemm Gallery in Studio Angelico on the Adrian campus.

Strong’s show is a compilation of written and illustrated work coming together to create a graphic novel.

His show is a reflection of the feelings of grief he’s experienced with the recent loss of his mother, Lynn Strong. In his exhibition statement Strong says “this is a story to remind me that everything will be okay.”

In partial fulfillment of his BFA degree, Strong says he’s expressing personal experiences through a fictional story.

Gallery hours are from 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday. Oral defense is Tuesday March 12, 2019 at Studio Angelico. For more information, visit www.studioangelico.com or call 517-264-7860.


John Bucher

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In partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Siena Heights University senior John Bucher, majoring in art and minoring in graphic design and art history, will have his exhibition, “The Night Show”, from March 19­ to March 24 at Klemm Gallery in Studio Angelico on the Adrian campus. Bucher’s show includes acrylic paintings on canvas of grotesque figures interacting in dynamic ways to elicit a subconscious and primitive response. Quoting from his exhibition statement, he writes, “The Night Show is a state of mind. The mysteries of the human psyche that govern our suppressed but true behaviors, thoughts, and urges, are represented, explicitly and implicitly, through the interactions of the personifications often provocative in their suggestions.” He will be having an oral defense of his work on March 20 at 3:30 PM and a reception from 5–7 PM on Friday March 22 with food and drinks provided. Gallery hours are from 9AM–7PM Monday–Thursday, 9–5 Friday, and 12–4 PM Sunday. For more information visit studioangelico.com or call 517-264-2860.


Ariel Sheets

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Adrian, Michigan, Siena Heights University Senior Ariel Sheets, will exhibit her show “Family, Theatre, and Flowers” from March 19-24 in Gallery 10 in Studio Angelico on Adrian campus.

Sheets’ show includes photographs and an installation. Her show revolves around Robert A. Sheets Greenhouse, the place she grew up. Her grandparents and non provided her a place to expand her imagination and find her love of theatre.

In partial fulfillment of her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art, Sheets said she focuses on her family and friends, two of the most important aspects of her life, through her photographs and installation.

Sheets is the daughter of Ann Sheets and the granddaughter to Robert and Dorothy Sheets of South Lyon, Michigan. She is a 2015 graduate of South Lyon High School.

Gallery 10 hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday thru Friday, and from noon to 4pm Sunday. For more information email Sheets at a.i.sheets23@gmail.com.


Steve Gonzalez

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Adrian, MI. Siena Heights University senior Steve Almaguer Gonzalez will exhibit his show “Bake or BBQ” from March 26th – March 31st in Klemm Gallery in Studio Angelico on the Adrian Campus.

Gonzalez’s show will include digital media, vinyl graphics, sculptures and video. The closing reception will be from 4pm to 6pm on March 31st.

His show is a reflection of choices that involve emotions working from the aspect of the mind, the heart, and the gut. In his artist statement he says, “My artwork is intended to express how I feel decisions are made; the choice of one path or another intrigues me” 

In partial fulfillment of his Bachelor of Fine Art degree, Gonzalez expresses himself by looking at decisions like snapping a photo, by examining the choice of what pulls you one way or another.

Steve Almaguer Gonzalez is married to Priscilla Gonzalez of Adrian, MI. He is a 1989 graduate of Adrian High School and works for Adrian Public School.

Gallery hours are from 9am to 4pm. Monday-Friday, and from noon to 4pm. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.studioangelico.com or call 517-264-7860.


Enoch Tsibu-Beckson

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Siena Heights University senior Enoch Tsibu-Beckson of Berrien Springs, Michigan will display photographs and a video in his exhibition, “Built Different”, running from March 26th to the 31st in Gallery Ten, located on the campus of Siena Heights University.

In partial fulfillment of his Bachelor of Arts degree, this show features photographs with a video element depicting the standards set for the African-American men which often goes unspoken; The ideal African American male body. In these images, Tsibu-Beckson photographs his friends and acquaintances in poses from the neck down. In his artist statement, he states, “My artwork is intended to shine light on body positivity in the African-American male community.”

Gallery hours are from 9am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday.

Tsibu-Beckson is a 2012  graduate of Berrien Springs High School. He is the son of William and Sarah Boadi-Beckson, and is scheduled to graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art, as well as a minor in Graphic Design.


Kacee Costello

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Zeeland’s KaCee Costello Has Senior Show Milk + Cookies April 2-6 at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.

Adrian, Michigan Siena Heights University senior KaCee Costello will exhibit her show Milk + Cookies from April 2-6 in Klemm Gallery in Studio Angelico on the Adrian Campus.

Costello’s show includes graphic design work in a real life application, she is exhibiting three representations of children's bedrooms. She will have an oral defense on April 2nd at 3:30.

Her show is a representation of her hopes for a future career. The show consists of three representations of children's bedrooms designed to be entirely gender neutral. Costello is upset with how gender norms are forced upon children so she hopes to shed some light on the topic through her show.

In partial fulfillment of her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Costello sees her show as a way of making art that she enjoys. She hopes to show people that children's things don't need to be gendered and that toys are meant to be enjoyed by everyone.

Costello is the daughter of Jeff and Sherry Costello of Zeeland, Michigan. She is a 2015 graduate of Zeeland East High School.
Gallery hours are from 9am to 9pm monday through friday, for more information visit www.studioangelico.com or call 517-264-7860.


Paige Dean

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Fenton’s Paige Dean Has Senior Show “The Upper Story” April 2-7 at Siena Heights University

ADRIAN, Mich. Siena Heights University senior Paige Dean will exhibit her show “The Upper Story” from April 2-7 in Gallery 10 in Studio Angelico on the Adrian Campus.

Dean’s show is a metaphor for our own psyches. “The Upper Story” is an invitation to explore one of the oldest areas of Siena’s campus through photography, in order to harbor a sense of curiosity and nostalgia. In her artist statement, she says, “this space, rich in Siena’s history, was an area in which I felt everyone deserved to explore. While this floor is used for storage and is merely a vessel where unwanted items find their final resting place, I felt drawn to the shadows of past students who built the foundation of our institution.”

In partial fulfillment of her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and minors in Graphic Design and Psychology, Dean hopes that her curiosity for unfamiliar things sparks something inside of us, saying, “We’re never too old for an adventure, even through our own minds.”

Dean is daughter of Dale and Jill Dean of Fenton, Mich. She is a 2015 graduate of Fenton High School.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, visit paigecdeandesign.weebly.com or call 810-922-7278.


Austin Barnett

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ADRIAN, Mich. Siena Heights University Senior Austin Barnett will exhibit his show “not a dump” from April 9-16 in Klemm Gallery in Studio Angelico on the Adrian Campus.

Barnett’s show Includes linocut prints, screen prints, and digital prints. He will have an oral defense at 3:30 PM. April 9.

His show is centered around the topic of environmental injustice, the concept that some communities are disproportionately subjected to higher levels of environmental risk than other segments of society, based on race and social class. In his artist statement, he says, “I want to communicate with my viewers to engage, interact, and provoke them.”

In partial fulfillment of his bachelor in fine arts degree, Barnett said that he felt a responsibility to address this topic and bring awareness.

Barnett is a 2012 graduate of Adrian High school.

Gallery Hours are from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, and from noon-4:00 PM. Sunday. For more information, visit www.studioangelico.com or call 517-264-7860.


Tim Ford

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Brandon Page

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ADRIAN Mich. Siena Heights University senior Brandon Page will exhibit his show “Childish, Creative, Confident” from April 23 - May 1 in Klemm Gallery in Studio Angelico on the Adrian Campus.

Page’s show includes hand drawn animations, comics, illustrations, and an animated short film. He will have his oral defense from 4-6pm on April 24.

His show represents the three positive ways he views himself as an artist: childish, creative and confident. In his exhibition statement he says, “My exhibit is meant to bring joy to anyone who walks in. You are figuratively stepping into my mind”.

In partial fulfillment of his Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree, Page said this show is his love letter to the industry he is pursing.

Page is son of Michael and Laura Page of Howell, Mich. He is a 2015 graduate of Hartland High School.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, email him at bpage@sienaheights.edu. Or call 517-295-7280.


Erin Blohm

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ADRIAN, Mich. Siena Heights University senior Erin Blohm will exhibit her show “Lir” from April 23rd to May 1st  in Studio 10 Gallery in Studio Angelico on the Adrian Campus.

Blohm’s show will include digital prints, and interactive video media.

Her show is her own exploration into the art of Video Game design and the process of storytelling. In her artist statement, she says “Through my interest in storytelling, I’ve gathered some of the characters of Celtic Mythology and weaved them into a new story all their own.”

In partial fulfillment of her Bachelor of Arts degree, Blohm says she explores her own interest in the relationship between technology and art through the creation of video games. She looks more to the creation and harmony between the two rather than their differences.

Blohm is the daughter of Kathy and Steven Blohm of Adrian, Mich. She is a 2013 graduate of Adrian High School.
Gallery hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from Noon- 4pm. Saturday. For more information, visit www.studioangelico.com or call 517-264-7860.

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