TROY – Eleven Troy University art majors are showcasing senior theses beginning Dec. 7 in Malone Gallery on the Troy Campus.
The senior projects are required for graduation and each reflects the students' personal interpretations of the world around them. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. runs through Dec. 16.
A reception honoring the seniors is slated for 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 in Malone Gallery.
Seniors exhibiting are:
Jimmy Derell Banks, a bachelor of fine arts candidate from Frisco City, whose project is based on "Gender Role Reversed in Art;"
Ding Chen, a bachelor of science in Design, Technology & Industry candidate from Shanghai, China, whose project blends contemporary and traditional Chinese cultures in opera facial masks and zodiac signs;
Jiwon Jang, a bachelor of science in Design, Technology & Industry candidate from Luverne, whose project fuses the Korean traditional Han-bok patterns with modern colors to create useful items such as folders, greeting cards and calendars;
Bethany Welch, a bachelor of fine arts in studio art candidate from Troy, whose project was inspired by the death of her grandfather in 2010 and that consists of sculptural representations of the five stages of grief set with interactive sounds and music;
Emily Smith Fennell, a bachelor of science in Design, Technology & Industry (advertising) candidate from Troy, whose project focuses attention on the rapid decline and destruction of coral reefs around the world by creating a jewelry line called the Caye Company, with jewelry designs that resemble coral reefs and ocean life without using coral, pearls or gemstones;
Melissa Enfinger, a bachelor of science in Design, Technology & Industry candidate from Ozark, whose project entitled "GMO Awareness: You have a right to know" draws attention to the presence of genetically modified organisms in today's food through a series of posters, brochures and stickers;
Joseph Melancon, a bachelor of science in Design, Technology & Industry and Music Industry from Grand Bay, whose project creates a fresh comic book publishing company called The World Within Creative Co. and introduces a 32-page first chapter of an on-going comic book series;
Ben Marsh, a bachelor of science in Design, Technology & Industry and Business Administration candidate from Birmingham, whose project presents a commercial that is a part of a campaign aimed at explaining how music and graphic arts send a message to the viewer that, in turn, sells a product, promotes an event or informs of future events;
Tim Kentel, a bachelor of science in Design, Technology & Industry and Marketing candidate from Huntsville, whose project "Hard to Read" promotes tolerance of children with learning disabilities and specifically dyslexia;
Carlous Mack, a bachelor of science in Design, Technology & Industry candidate from Selma, whose project "Achievement at Reach" uses a series of posters and t-shirts that encourage children to achieve at the highest levels of education; and
Tyler Percy, a bachelor of science in Design, Technology & Industry candidate from Troy, whose project "The R Squared Project" uses old rock climbers' rope in new ways in order to reuse and recycle the material while maintaining a sentimental link for the rope owner.