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Lakeland University will spotlight the work of three seniors during the Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition, which opens on Friday, March 17.

Brandon Franke, Callah Kraus and Aspen Thrapp 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 work created by these students during their time at Lakeland, will run through April 13. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when Lakeland 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, displaying their work and any other details.

Anti-Hero ad by Brandon Franke

Franke in on track to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. He has worked on a number of freelance projects during his time at Lakeland, including logo and shirt designs.

"I take inspiration from movies, music, fellow artists and whatever other experiences I have, then wad it up like a ball of color and design and throw it upon this blank surface," Franke said. "I create organically, yet I'm organized. I surprise myself at times. Most of all, I create what I want to create."

Lunch & Learn poster by Callah Kraus

Kraus in on track to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in art with both a graphic design and studio arts emphasis. She is currently working a pair of graphic design internships, one at Lakeland for the marketing department and one at Sun Graphics Media in Plymouth, Wis. She is also working as website and social media manager for Wisconsin Business IT Solutions in Cedarburg, Wis., and she is the website manager for Kraus Custom Forage Harvesting, LLP, in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

She previously served a graphic design internship with Dynamic Digital Advertising Agency in Sheboygan, Wis., and worked as a designer for Delta Publications in Kiel, Wis.

"I want to create work that is exciting and vibrant, but also timeless and identifiable," Kraus said. "My work is a collection I hope will still be relevant years from now. I am most inspired by simple and clean designs, as I believe that these designs have stood the test of time and can still look fresh and transparent."

Clark by Aspen Thrapp

Thrapp is also on track to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in art with both a graphic design and studio arts emphasis. She worked two years as an assistant in Lakeland's art department, and her work has been in the student art show for the past three years. At Lakeland, Thrapp said she's found a love in oil paintings and photography.

"I've embraced the nerd and geek aspects of my life and created an interest in character design and development, as well as honing my creative writing skills," she said. "Now I am entering a new part of my life where I know I can go far, and explore all I have to offer to the world. I wish to join a company where I can give them all of my creativity."

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