Visual Artists' thesis projects are on exhibit at SECCA
For the first time, senior thesis projects by students in the Visual Arts Program at UNCSA are on exhibit at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) through April 14. The exhibit includes work by Tamera Lepore, winner of a national gold medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Located at 750 Marguerite Dr., SECCA is open every Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
High school seniors work independently for four weeks to develop a body of work for the final exhibition, said Will Taylor, Director of the Visual Arts Program, which is a component of UNCSA’s School of Design and Production. “The students propose their body work to the faculty and are advised along the way,” he said. “Students work with faculty on all phases of the exhibition from promotion, artist statements and installation.”
Taylor said the exhibition has traditionally been held on campus. “We’ve been interested in honoring the quality and creativity of our students by giving their work greater exposure in the community,” he said. "We’re very grateful to SECCA for the opportunity to showcase our graduating seniors.”
The exhibit will include paintings, drawings, photography, animation, sculpture and art installations.
Lepore, who is from Hubert, will attend Scholastic Art’s national awards ceremony at New York’s Carnegie Hall in June. She is one of only six students in the Eastern North Carolina Region to win a national gold medal. She also was awarded an American Visions Medal and two silver medals in the national competition.
Other students who will exhibit their work at SECCA include: Alex Barsony from Winston-Salem; Jay Bennett from Elon; Tess Crabtree from Hickory; Emma Day from Winston-Salem; Victoria Ding from Cary; Anna Ervin from Cape Carteret; Allison Johnson from Lexington; Lily MacLachlan from Winston-Salem; Amira Oguntoyinbo from Hillsborough; Mary Song from Raleigh; Paloma Soto from Penland; and Maya Whitaker from Winston-Salem.
The artists have been accepted to colleges and universities including Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the School of Design and Production at UNCSA.