The Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) Branch hosted its first Visual Arts Fair Thursday, March 3 with the intention of provoking thoughtful discussion and recognizing the talent of students of all types. The Visual Arts Expo was produced in collaboration with the Coalition of Black Artists.
Located at Talley Student Union, the program gave artists the opportunity to showcase their work and network with other students. Unique Patton, a third-year design student, shared her art at the exhibit.
“I love creating stories with my art,” Patton said. “I use a lot of abstract themes with a mission to amplify the voices of underrepresented or unknown people.”
Patton learned about the exhibition through his membership in the Black Artist Coalition. She credits the exhibition with providing an opportunity to present different perspectives.
“I’ve only just started calling myself an artist. It takes a lot of courage to know your worth and say, ‘I’m an artist’ or ‘I’m a designer,'” Patton said. the first time I present my work to the public.”
Patton combines her favorite mediums – acrylic painting and web design – to create abstract pieces. His inspiration from other artists informs Patton’s interests in abstract art.
“If I could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, then I would choose Jackson Pollock,” Patton said. “I love the energy he puts into his art and the fact that it’s completely abstract in the extreme.”
In addition to prints, visual arts include jewelry. First-year history student Lee Chavis-Tartaglia displayed her pearl earrings at the exhibit.
Chavis-Tartaglia, a native of Lumbee, represents native spacea living and learning village at NC State, and the Native American Student Association (NASA).
“I’m excited to show indigenous craftsmanship and show how we have different cultures. For many nations and tribes, beadwork has been around for centuries,” Chavis-Tartgalia said. traditions and, in a way, to decolonize our spaces.”
Chavis-Tartaglia promotes the art of beading on its social networks — LumLeesBeads. At the exhibition, their designs incorporated many aspects of the natural world, including butterflies and mushrooms.
“I draw inspiration from the world,” Chavis-Tartaglia said. “It could be anything – anything I can find.”
Third-year computer science student Madeleine Jenks draws inspiration from concept sketches. She names Pokemon as her biggest inspiration.
“I’m really good at visualizing what I want to draw,” Jenks said. “I tried to get into a lot more fan art than original art because it connects better with people. It is also in my own interest.
Jenks uses several mediums to capture his art. Her display table featured crochet, digital media and freehand drawings.
“I think I get bored with a medium after a while,” Jenks said. “So I’m going to wear myself out. I want to switch to different mediums to stay productive.
The relaxed atmosphere of the expo appealed to Jenks, who credits a friend for encouraging her to attend.
“I’m used to selling in markets,” Jenks said. “It’s more central. I like that people come here to see art and not just to buy.
Students who missed the Visual Arts Expo will have another opportunity to interact with the art of their peers at Student Art Sale 2022held on Friday, April 15.