Nine Student Artists Present Works in Thesis Exhibit

Posted: April 28, 2014

Works by nine student artists will be featured in the 2014 senior thesis art exhibition, Altered.

Engage your senses with a variety of media: painting (oil and digital), pottery, sculpture, printmaking, and installation, May 2-16, in the Bauman Galleries and McMichael Atrium, Founders Hall.

An opening reception will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 2. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

Participating artists and their areas of specialization are:

Christopher M. Austin
Originally from Coastal, N.C., Christopher is a candidate for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography. His thesis work in digital painting expresses a desire to understand the impact of pivotal moments on personal narrative. Christopher is a first place and two-time honorable mention recipient for photography in the annual Guilford College Juried Student Art Exhibition. He presented his research and prints on “Early Photographic Processes in the Digital Age” at the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium. Christopher has been a teaching assistant for Photography I & II, and Modern Art History.

Adam P. Faust
From Durham, N.C., Adam is a candidate for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. His work consists of found object sculptures and arrangements that explore life and death, not as opposites, but as a part of one another. This realization occurred while gathering materials from the Guilford College woods not long after the recent passing of his grandfather. A Dean’s List student, Adam has served as a teaching assistant for Sculpture I, received first place for sculpture in the Student Art Exhibition, and was the 2013 recipient of the Merry Moor Winnett Scholarship Award.

Levi Mahan
Levi is a second-generation potter from Seagrove, N.C. His work makes use of local clays and glaze materials. He draws inspiration from traditional pottery all over the world, with a strong focus on his roots in North Carolina clay. His work has been exhibited by the Arts Council of Moore County as part of “The Next Generation of Seagrove Potters” in 2012. Levi participated in The Celebration of Seagrove Potters in 2013 and can be seen in Stephen Compton’s book, Seagrove Pottery Through Time: America Through Time. He is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Shammia McQuaig
North Carolina native Shammia McQuaig is completing her Bachelor of Arts in sculpture. For her thesis, she is creating a series of surreal sculptures that are a response to media and political flaws that undermine the general public’s way of thinking. Along with documentaries, this body of work was inspired by McQuaig’s own enlightenment on the history of inequity. She is the 2013-14 winner of the College’s Rachel and Allen Weller Memorial Sculpture Competition, and she has exhibited in Lancaster, Penn.; UNCG’s Gatewood Gallery; and three times in the Student Art Exhibition.

Fhalyshia Orians
Originally from Findlay, Ohio, Fhalyshia moved to Greensboro to attend Guilford, and is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting with a minor in philosophy this May. Inspired by nature from an early age, she has made her thesis a series of oil paintings that capture the natural beauty of the new landscapes that surround her. In her canvasses she strives to create an environment that captures the depth and intricacies of each unique ecosystem, coaxing her viewer to enter into and explore them. Her work has been exhibited in Student Art Exhibition for the past four years, and she has worked at the Guilford College Art Gallery since her first year at Guilford.

Hannah Reed
From Winston-Salem, N.C., Hannah will complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting in May. Her surreal mindscapes lapse back and forth between the recognizable and abstract, and prompt the viewer’s imagination to apply a narrative that will reflect his or her own personal relations with hidden elements in the piece. She studied for two years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her work has been published in the April 2014 issue of the literary magazine, Plain China. She won first place in both painting and drawing categories in the Student Art Exhibition in 2012 and 2013, and she has served as a teacher’s assistant for Painting II and III.

Alejandro G. Salcedo
From Washington, D.C., Alejandro is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in printmaking. He is exhibiting a shrine installation and a series of linocuts that work together to explore the effects of pervasive and lost cultural images on the subconscious. With particular attention to detail and space, he brings to life a dark and whimsical ecosystem of symbols in which objects and their meanings are distorted though satire and juxtaposition. Alejandro is passionate about many areas of printmaking and has served as a teaching assistant for Intaglio and Relief Printmaking classes. His linocuts and screen prints have been exhibited in the Student Art Exhibition, winning first place awards for printmaking in 2012 and 2013. He also received the Merry Moor Winnett Art Scholarship in 2013.

Daniel Saperstein
While Daniel cut his teeth on functional pottery practices, his work now aims to expand the scope of function and ceramics, with an eye for more abstract gestures. Interested in themes of duality and spatial relationships, his work focuses on the intersection of genre, medium and process. His vessels pair the intimate and vast, utilizing micro-crystalline glazes, and by placing literal sonic elements within the vessels. His work has been exhibited in the Student Art Exhibition three times, winning first place in the ceramics category in 2013. From Washington D.C., Saperstein is completing a Bachelor of Arts in ceramics with a concentration in religious studies.

Kelly L. Taylor
Originally from Syracuse, N.Y., Taylor is a candidate for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Oil Painting. Her works are shadowy still life paintings that illuminate the darkness of tragedy that begs to be remembered and recounted. A Dean’s List and honors student, Taylor is a 2014 recipient of the Guilford College Art Appreciation Club Award for Artistic Merit. She received honorable mention in painting in the Student Art Exhibition and exhibited in We Join Spokes Together in a Wheel, a regional student art exhibition. Taylor is also active in Greensboro’s art community, exhibiting her work in local galleries and participating in art collaboratives.

To participate in Guilford’s optional honors Senior Thesis Exhibition, students must apply in their junior year and have at least a 3.25 GPA in art. Selected students partake in a rigorous program of independent work, group critiques and a professional practices course, which culminates in their final group exhibition.

The Art Department at Guilford College is a fine arts studio program, which provides an in-depth experience in making images and formulating and crafting ideas. Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and ceramics are the primary focus areas.

The classroom/studio is highly interactive and dynamic, and provides one-on-one instruction and guidance, as well as the support and stimulation of interchange with classmates. The distinction of the art major at Guilford College lies in the development of each student's creative potential.

For more information, contact Terry Hammond, curator of the Guilford College Art Gallery, at or 336-316-2438.

Last Updated: May 8, 2014