May 17, 2017

Princeton University Presents “Senior All Star Show” 

“&thunk”:  This collage by Princeton University senior Aubrey Andres explores the incomplete narratives that form because humans are unable to communicate what they truly mean. Ms. Andres’s work is on display at the Lucas Gallery at Princeton University. (Photo Courtesy of Lewis Center of the Arts)

The Visual Arts Program in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present an exhibition of recent work in a wide range of media by 20 graduating seniors in the program. The exhibition, “Senior All-Star Show,” will highlight work by students completed as part of their senior thesis projects and will be on view from Thursday, May 18 to Friday, June 9 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. An opening reception will be held on May 18 from noon-2 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Lucas Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special additional hours during the University’s Reunions Weekend will be offered on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The work featured in this exhibition has been selected from among photography, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, film, video and multimedia installations created by students earning a certificate in visual arts along with a degree in their major or a studio art degree. Each presented a solo exhibition or a screening of new work during the past semester as a requirement of the program.

Examples of some of the projects exhibited this year from which work for the “Senior All-Star Show” will be drawn include: an exhibition of gummy bears, jelly, bugs, and paint exploring the relationship between beauty and disgust; playful selfie-based portraits and text-based paintings; a multimedia retelling of the Garden of Eden creation story, reacting in part to the artist’s upbringing in a conservative Christian environment in Texas; an exhibition exploring the representation of women on Instagram, memory, and childhood; tapestries, murals, sculptures, and mirror prints exploring family roots and oral histories of farming, slavery, and the South; an examination of technology, cognition, and the digital aesthetic through pop art and optical illusion; an exhibition of paintings, prints, video, and audio exploring the evolution of two great-grandmothers’ stories and their place among family lore and facts; and an exhibition of large format analog photography exploring visual representations of Muslim identities through notions of gender, power, family, and history.

This multimedia show, including film work showcased on monitors in the gallery, features the work of seniors Aubree Andres, Tiffany Cho, Dominique Fahmy, Alex Ford, Alexis Foster, Anna Kalfaian, Sydney King, Adam Locher, Emily Madrigal, Nathan Makarewicz, Walid Marfouk, Yankia Ned, Chanyoung Park, Charles Park, Zahava Presser, Crystal Qian, Alex Quetell, EJ Weiss, Louisa Willis, and Simon Wu.

Many of the seniors plan to continue working in the visual arts field when they graduate, while others will take what they have learned as student artists into a career in another field.

To learn more about the exhibition, the Program in Visual Arts, and the more than 100 performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings, concerts and, lectures presented each year at the Lewis Center, most of them free, visit