“Inspired by many: art show by Hailey Black”

By Olivianna Calmes, Assistant Arts Editor

Oklahoma Baptist University has another senior art exhibit coming up. Shawnee’s own senior art major and education minor Hailey Black will be showcasing her art this month. The art will be up from the 9th to the 28th.

“I aspire to someday become an art teacher in order to combine my passions of both art and teaching students,” Black said.

Her passion for art has been fueled by numerous people in her art.

“I am extremely grateful for my high school teachers, college professors, my husband, friends, parents, and family, [all] who have encouraged me and invested in me throughout the years,” she said. “My art professors have taught me so much over the last four years, and I have grown tremendously as an artist. I have definitely been inspired by each of them.”

The art professors at OBU are a mix of talented individuals who each have a wonderful portfolio of their own. Senior art students have freedom with their art shows and can choose a medium or theme for their show.

“There is not necessarily a theme for my senior art show,” Black said. “However, I am interested in several different art mediums and techniques, and my show will display that. My art show will feature paintings, charcoal drawings, pottery, weavings, stained glass, mosaics, and macramé.”

Her pieces were influenced by a number of artists with various tastes.

“One of my drawings was inspired by Georges de La Tour and Rembrandt, while another piece was inspired by Claude Monet, etc.,” Black said. “It is hard to strongly see the influence of certain artists in my show, because I have been influenced and inspired by so many.”

Black’s art will also show a variety of mediums, techniques, and forms. She said that she cannot pick a favorite medium, that is why there will be a variance in her show. One example of her work includes her art show advertisement that can be seen around campus, which is illustrated with a photo and text made to look like stained glass.

In terms of the future, Black already has plans. Black will still be exploring art and the different ways to produce and fine tune it even after graduation.

“I am open to teaching art in different settings; such as, a school, camp, personal classes in my home, etc.” she said. “I am still praying for God to open these doors for me. I also plan to continue to make my own art on the side.”

She feels that she’s learned more than just art techniques at OBU because of the art professors.

“I have learned much more about who I am as a person and an artist,” she said. “I have grown tremendously, and I have become a better artist. I have developed more passions for new areas in art, and I have developed new skills. I’m incredibly grateful for my professors who have taught me new techniques, have encouraged, supported me, have given me proper feedback, have pushed me as an artist, and more. I know that if it weren’t for my professors, my senior show would be much different.”

Senior art shows are very important to an art degree at OBU, and it is interesting to see how each senior shine through their different art styles. Black says that OBU also showed her how to show God through her art to bring Him glory.

“In addition, OBU has helped me combine my art studies with my Christian worldview,” Black said. “I know that God is the ultimate creator, and I believe that art can reflect him.”

Senior Emma Williams presents graphic design art exhibit

Emma Williams debuted her award-winning art at her senior exhibit this week. The exhibit includes a suicide awareness campaign and many photography-based pieces.

Photo by Alena Blakley. 

By Abigail MeredithAssistant Arts Editor

Good art comes with a story, and Emma Williams’ senior art exhibit is chock-full of stories. Her show opened Monday, May 8th at 7 pm, and will stay open throughout the week.

From neon light to photography, viewers are invited to come appreciate the stories behind each piece.

“What makes it unique is probably the amount of photography I incorporate into my designs,” Williams said. “I came in with a pretty strong photography background, and I’ve learned how to incorporate that into my design style.”

Sarah Gilstad, a senior art major who was in several photographs on exhibit, said there are difficulties graphic designers can face with their exhibits.

“A really strong show can be difficult to accomplish for graphic designers since studio art is usually more appealing in the context of an art show,” she said.

Despite these difficulties, Gilstad said she had several favorite pieces for Williams’ show.

“I really like her “to write love on her arms” series because it’s for a good cause,” she said. “Also, I like the ‘keep living’ shirt which is a part of the series because it’s a reminder to keep going even when things get tough,” Gilstad said.

Williams also shared some of the stories behind her favorite works.

“My favorite pieces are a shoe campaign I did called “Daphne’s Shoes” and a suicide awareness campaign for the organization To Write Love on Her Arms. The shoe ads are heavily influenced by Roy Lichtenstein, who is one of my favorites. Plus I just love shoes! The other campaign is really important to me because I love the organization To Write Love on Her Arms. I also won an ADDY this year for it, which was super exciting and I didn’t expect it at all.” Williams said.

She also discussed one of her successful projects which played only during the opening night.

“My “Demanding Joy” project went really well. I built a slideshow to play throughout the opening and I’m excited about it. It looks nice and there are a lot of people who were able to be part of it.”

Gilstad explained how much work Williams put into the show.

“Emma prepared by coming up with a theme, actually making the working, figuring out where it’s going to hang, printing labels, business cards, setting up stands, picking out music, planning the food, actually making the food, framing… the list goes on and on.”

Williams offered details.

“A lot of preparation was creating a visual identity for myself, making a playlist because I’m heavily influenced by music, and also my project “Demanding Joy” started last semester and there was a lot of time that went into that.”

Gilstad made it clear the Williams was, luckily, not alone.

“Her mom was coming down and she helped a lot. And just about everyone in the art department has pitched in whether it’s critiquing a project, offering Inspiring ideas or help to accomplish those goals.” Gilstad said.

Gilstad also supported Willaims.

“We always help each other out whether it’s posing for a picture or gluing things together or just helping to clean up the mess.” Gilstad said.

Williams said the art show didn’t come without its difficulties.

“I had trouble printing at first because the nozzles needed to be cleaned. I also had an awkward run in with the guy in the mailroom,” she said.

“I ordered fake blood for a photo and the bottle opened up in the box, so there was a ton of realistic looking blood dripping all over the mail room. The guy looked really concerned and asked if I knew what was in the box. I felt so bad, he must have been horrified,” Williams said.

To see the art behind the stories, check out Williams’ exhibit in the art building any time this week.