Seniors Exhibit Their Work in Nutting Gallery

Photo Provided West Liberty University senior Mimi Albon of Martinsburg stands by a mural that she painted at the entrance of Shotwell Hall.

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s Senior Exhibition this mont features five senior student artists: Mimi Albon, Emily Artimez, Matt Layton, Shelby Moore and Isabella Pozell.

The artwork represents the students’ capstone projects and is for class credit. Each student came up with a concept, created art and designs and provided a formal artist statement to accompany thework, which is on display through Thursday in the Nutting Gallery on campus. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

“Our senior art shows provide the opportunity for our students to focus their energies on a unique capstone experience. The public display of the work is a highlight for our art majors,” said Jim Haizlett, who is the professor in charge of the Senior Exhibition class.

Albon, who is from Martinsburg, created and painted a mural in the entrance of Shotwell Hall, the new location of the International Student Center, for her capstone project. Her colorful design incorporates polka dots and waves to represent different climates and shows mountains along with other land and water formations.

“My message was meant to help people change their perspective or global view and to see the world as one planet, a place that is the residence of humans, rather than a collection of different people and countries. To see it as a landscape rather than different countries,” she explained.

Acrylic was Albon’s medium. She worked for several months to complete her design.

Artimez, who is from Moundsville, created branding and packaging for a company called Rachel’s Lab.

“One of the reasons I chose to help brand Rachel’s company is because she is my friend and she didn’t have a brand for her small business of handmade soap and natural beauty products,” Artimez said. “I chose to go with a modern, clean-cut design to help it stand out from other homemade soap companies.”

Artimez created packaging and a booklet with an info-graphic to illustrate the products.

Layton, who lives in Dallas, created packaging and point-of-purchase display designs and materials for a made-up company that he calls Mike’s Country Jerky. Layton tried to stay away from typical rural stereotyping and came up with a clean, modern design for the jerky brand, using red, green, blue and orange.

“My small town lifestyle has influenced me not only as an artist but also as a person,” he said, adding, “The way of life in my area rarely leads to getting a college education and even less with wanting to be a graphic designer. I am very proud of how far I have come since I began college.”

Moore, who is from Martins Ferry, created an imaginative branding design for the WLU music program and the Marching Hilltoppers.

She worked directly with the WLU Music Department to develop visual promotions to highlight its program. She relied on brand colors, but created her own design elements.

Pozell, who hails from Glen Dale, went back to her roots for her design work.

“As the granddaughter of Italian immigrants who came to the United States in the 1960s, my heritage has played an integral part of my life,” Pozell said. “In the summer of 2017, I had the opportunity to visit Sicily to reconnect with relatives and immerse myself in the Sicilian way of life for five weeks.”

The project included establishing a brand identity, packaging, promotional pamphlet and display for her Isola line of handcrafted jewelry that she began to make after her visit to Sicily. The designs were based on symbols and patterns found in traditional Sicilian folk art.

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