Student Art Work Now on Display at Abingdon Arts Depot

Posted on: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Brent Treash
Art students at Emory & Henry College create in a stimulating environment with nationally recognized studio artists and historians. The program is a combination of a liberal arts education with rigorous studio art practice, which provides students with an education for a lifetime.

Emory & Henry College student artists are currently presenting their work INtersect 2016 at the Arts Depot in Abingdon, Va. The show will be on display until March 26, and a meet-the-artists reception will be held during the Town of Abingdon’s “First Thursday” Gallery Hop on March 3 from 6-8 p.m.

Those exhibiting include:

  • Sophia Alonge is from Vienna, Va. and is majoring in art education. Her work explores the topic of special needs children.
  • Cassidy Campbell is a senior graphic design major from Saltville, Va. Her paintings are creative abstractions open to viewer interpretation.
  • Olivia Crockett is from Independence, Va., and is majoring in art education. Her paintings emphasize shading and color to explore depth.
  • Carter Harlow is from Bristol, Va. He is an art education major who enjoys painting.
  • Laura Leonard is a studio art major from Bristol, Tenn. Her gestural paintings, prints and batiks are inspired by the people who surround her. She studied in Florence during the summer of 2015.
  • Marissa Mathis is a graphic design major originally from Sherman Oaks, Calif. Her work is currently focused on animals and the idea that people should view them as a part of nature rather than an object for one’s gain.
  • Birdie Mullins is from Oakwood, Va. and is a junior studying studio art. Her area of focus is painting.
  • Kacy Pennington is from Charleston, W.Va. and is studying French, political science, and religion. Within the last year, she has discovered her love of ceramics and its ability to express complex emotions through texture and color.
  • Aaron Peterson is an oil painter that enjoys tightly rendered scenes that create an environment of simulated reality . Peterson is a double major in art studio and business management. He is from Locust Grove, Va.
  • Lindsey Pratt is from Marion, Va. and is an art and history major. She is planning to teach middle school or high school after graduation.
  • Kaitlyn Pruitt is from Abingdon, Va. and she is a senior art-graphic design and mass communications double major.
  • Kat Rendleman creates her colorful and ambitious abstract paintings from digital drawings she creates on her computer. Rendleman is a senior art major in studio art and hails from Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Autumn Roe is an art education major. She enjoys three-dimensional art and is from Bluff City, Tenn.
  • Samantha Sampson is from Salem, Virginia. She is an art education major with an endorsement in special education.
  • Jessie Smith is an art education major from Chilhowie, Va. She specializes in high contrast chalk and pastel portrait drawings.
  • Lindsay Smith is an art education major from Wingate, N.C. Her photographs are inspired by the Southwest Virginia landscape.
  • Siera Speer is from Marion, Va. She has taken a variety of art, education, and psychology classes. In 2013 she visited Rome, Florence, Siena and Pompeii. This is where the inspiration for her 2015 series entitled Reincarnated.
  • Amber Wilkins is an art education major from Rural Retreat, Va. She is inspired by the places she has traveled and the people who support her. Wilkins primarily uses intaglio and relief printing processes to create most of her pieces.

About the Art Department

Art students at Emory & Henry College create in a stimulating environment with nationally recognized studio artists and historians. The program is a combination of a liberal arts education with rigorous studio art practice, which provides students with an education for a lifetime.

Art graduates from Emory & Henry thrive in a variety of careers including the fine arts, graphic design and teaching. The Emory & Henry art program emphasizes individual student/faculty interaction that ultimately leads to a mentor relationship. This unique feature makes the Emory & Henry art program a success.

At every point, faculty members emphasize serious critical thinking about visual arts problem-solving. Art students at Emory & Henry quickly find themselves immersed in a forward-thinking and challenging art program dealing with current and contemporary issues in art. 


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