Four UC Seniors to Present Artwork

Kaylee James, Lydia Huggins and Katie Herrington stand together in the Art Department.

Four seniors at University of the Cumberlands (UC) will showcase their artwork in individual art shows in the J.M. Boswell Art Gallery, beginning April 17.

Seth Hale, a senior from Corbin, Kentucky, and Katie Herrington, a senior from Arlington, Washington, will open their respective shows on April 17 at 5:00 p.m. Then, the next week, Lydia Huggins, a senior from Erwin, Tennessee, and Kaylee James, a senior from Oakley, California, will open their shows on April 24 at 5:00 p.m.

“The senior shows are an important part of the students’ career here at the University because they call upon them to publicly display their work from the past few years in depth,” said Russell Weedman, chair of UC’s Art Department.

Hale’s show will feature sculptures, digital art and graphite drawings that aim to show there is more to life than negative moments.

“The main purpose of this exhibition is to remind people that in every situation, no matter how bad, there is still a bright side,” Hale said.

Herrington’s exhibit, which will share the same gallery, also has an introspective angle. Featuring a range of media that includes sketches, photos, paintings and sculptures, Herrington hopes to challenge viewers to inspect their expectations of the world around them.

“Often the things we regard as the most sure are truly the most vague – including ourselves,” Herrington said.

As the second installment of senior art shows begins, Huggins’ show will feature a series of three: a sculpture, a painting and a relief painting. The three pieces tie together to depict the power of words.

“I hope visitors of the exhibit leave thinking about how much their words impact people,” Huggins said. “My desire is that my artwork encourages people to speak life into their fellow human beings instead of using their words to tear others down." 

James, meanwhile, will use her study of psychology to depict human nature, particularly emotional and thought processes, through oil paintings on canvas, charcoal drawings and mixed media sculptures.

“Human behavior is complex, beautiful and unique,” James said. “If viewers could take that away from my artwork, I would be ecstatic.”

The J.M. Boswell Art Gallery, where all four shows will be hosted, is located in Room 220 of the Luecker Building on UC’s campus.

Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, University of the Cumberlands is an institute of regional distinction offering quality undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and online degree programs. Learn more at ucumberlands.edu.

Pictured, from left to right: Kaylee James, Lydia Huggins and Katie Herrington. 

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