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UC student Brianna Chen presents senior art exhibit


Art student Brianna Chen presents her senior art exhibit in the University of the Cumberlands’ J.M Boswell Gallery. The show will run through Thursday, April 21.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ art department hosted a reception for student Brianna Chen in the campus’ J.M. Boswell Art Gallery on Tuesday, April 19. The reception was held to celebrate Chen’s achievements in her senior art exhibit, “Pharyngula,” on display in the Boswell Gallery during the week of April 18 to 21.

The mediums displayed in Chen’s exhibit include oil on canvas, monoprint and pastel, pencil, etching and oil pastel on mylar. Her inspiration in her work focuses on deep sea creature forms and slide samples of embryos that Chen discovered online.

“I just thought they were really beautiful,” Chen said of the embryos. “I was already working on the deep sea forms and thought they went together really well.”

Although most of the titles are as biological as the pieces themselves, two are named to honor family members, while still maintaining the scientific curve. Chen’s KcMc, for dad and mom Ken Chen and Mez Chen, and ScAc, for sisters Sherry and Amanda, stayed true to the scientific theme by evoking element names.

Chen’s family drove from Charlotte, North Carolina to celebrate with her during the reception, and their pride was apparent as they stood back and took photographs of her work, including their namesakes.

Chen is equally pleased to display her work to the public.

“I’m really proud of it and happy to share it with everybody,” she says. Chen, an art major, is a native of Charlotte.