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Lakeland College will spotlight the work of six senior art students when the first of two Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibitions opens on Friday, January 25.
Lori Thenen, Christine Deitte, Tory Hayner, Justin Reminger, Cody Schnell and Craig Dekarske will discuss their work during an opening reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's campus.
The exhibit, which will feature works created by these students during their time at Lakeland, will run through Feb. 24. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
The senior art show is a requirement for all Lakeland art majors. Students gain the experience of having their own exhibit, and are responsible for planning the show, putting the public relations together, hanging their work and any other details.
Thenen is working towards a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic in design and studio emphasis. She is a well-rounded art student who specializes in graphic design. She tutors her peers in Adobe software and writing, and she enjoys working in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. She is currently a graphic design intern for Lakeland's marketing department and is involved in Habitat for Humanity, the Math Club and is a member of the Mortar Board.
"In this pursuit of art, I have explored my fascination with relationships and the vital role they play in our lives," Thenen said. "Relationships grow and evolve or they fade and completely deteriorate. Rarely is there an explanation or validated reason as to why these things happen. Behind these constantly evolving relationships are the emotions that are affected. In all of my works, I try to convey these complex emotions and feelings that I have with my family and friends, as well as their personalities."
Deitte is from Fond du Lac and is an art major with an emphasis in graphic design and a minor in communications. She recently concluded an internship in the Lakeland College Career Development office, where she used her design/layout skills to develop posters for career events. She is a member of the Phi Delta Omega Sorority, a member of the Lakeland track and field team and is a member of Habitat for Humanity.
"When coming up with each theme, I try to convey one of my memories out of them," Deitte said. "I try to do themes that deal with who I am as a person or items that are important to me. I did an original project in drawing II of my best friend, and throughout the piece I used elements that describe who I am as a person. Each of my art pieces shows the type of style I am interested in, which shows the uniqueness of my personality. I use vibrant colors so everything stands out."
Hayner, who is also majoring in art with the graphic design emphasis, brought an impressive resume to Lakeland. She has worked as an advanced Pro/E CAD designer at Kohler Co. since the fall of 2004, and been involved at all levels of product development from brainstorming and concept design to final design approval. Hayner, a Howards Grove resident who earned an associate degree in electronics from Lakeshore Technical College, has won numerous awards at Lakeland student art shows since being enrolled at the college.
"Of all the mediums I have worked with, I do my best with some paper, a few good pencils and a stick of charcoal," Hayner said. "I can correct and change direction with drawing much easier than with painting, ink or other quick drying mediums. Drawing is also relatively fast. My brain, by default, is always in production mode. I can get results and feedback in a very short timeframe by drawing. This quick-response trait has had its positive and negative outcomes. At times, my impatience causes me to miss opportunities in my work".
Reminger is on track to graduate with a degree in art with a graphic arts emphasis and a minor in communications. He has had several years of experience in graphic arts including an internship through Silverwater Production as a video interviewer intern, and has done a lot of graphic design through Lakeland's Career Development office, where he was a special projects intern working on print pieces and social media.
"Art wasn't a direction I saw myself taking right away," Reminger said. "My brother is a sound engineer in Hollywood and was always marking art and researching it. I guess, in a way, I looked up to him, although we have very conflicting styles. While my brother was making darker imagery paintings, I was more inspired by sports and abstract designs for my pieces."