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'Dilating Perspective' BFA thesis show at Dishman Art Museum

Lamar University’s Dishman Art Museum will host an opening reception for “Dilating Perspective” from 7 to 9 p.m. April 29. Eleven students will fulfill their requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree by presenting their senior thesis projects, ranging from painting, photography, printmaking and drawing to computer graphics.

“This show promises to be quite a sensation,” said Jessica Dandona, art historian and director of the Dishman Art Museum.“From documenting graffiti to exploring the emotional aftermath of a car crash, our students have made a study of the human condition and produced works that are startling in both their honesty and their methods."

James Bamburg (Tarkington), who will receive a BFA in graphic design, created a children's book titled “Solar Bear: The Arctic Astronaut,” designed to educate children on the solar system.The book will be exhibited at the show.

Sunni Brannan (Lumberton), BFA in graphic design, will present “Sticks and Stones,” focusing on issues of bullying within grade school.

Chelsy Broussard (Groves), BFA in photography, will exhibit “Paraphilias,” which explores contemporary sexual deviances and taboos.

Craig Cormier (Hamshire/Fannett), BFA in graphic design, incorporated computer graphics and hand-cut stencils to promote graffiti art in a positive and artistic manner.

Elizabeth Gressett (Hamshire), BFA in studio art, is an abstract painter.Her thesis work, “Juncture,” concentrates on the emotional aspects associated with automobile accidents.

Joshua Gressett (Hamshire), BFA in photography, will present “Aesop's Fables,” a series of photographs that narrate different aspects of the human condition by documenting graffiti found in public spaces.

Chris Leger (Beaumont), BFA in graphic design, will present “Creating a Concept,” which focuses onproducing a dynamic brand identity for an emerging wakeboard company.

Abel McBride (Beaumont), BFA in graphic design, will present “Ethos,” which centers on bringing awareness and resolve to issues within the church.

John Puckett (Beaumont), BFA in graphic design, focused his thesis project on increasing public awareness for Some Other Place, a local non-profit.

Dan Robinett (Lumberton), BFA in printmaking, will present his thesis “Contaminated Beauty,” which utilizes digital and traditional printing media to express environmental concerns in imaginative ways.

Edgar Rodriguez (Nederland), BFA in graphic design, centered his graphic design/photography thesis project, “DREAM Act Awareness Campaign,” on bringing awareness and change to the difficult situation faced by undocumented youth living in the United States.

Light refreshments will be served at the reception on April 29. The exhibition will run through May 13. Admission to the reception and the exhibition is free.

The Dishman Art Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located at 1030 East Lavaca, Beaumont, Texas. Free museum-dedicated parking is available in front of the Dishman during museum hours. Call (409) 880-8959 for more information or visit lamar.edu/dishman.