Lakeland College will spotlight the work of three students when the final Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition for this academic year opens on Friday, Feb. 27.
Alhanna LaRose, Tarah Johnson and Breanna Weber 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 March 30. 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.
LaRose, of Sheboygan, is majoring in art with a graphic art emphasis. She has served a pair of internships, one at Lakeland illustrating books as part of the college's Malawi project, and another at Riveredge Nature Center designing logos, posters and other work. She has produced two comics for the Lakeland College Mirror student newspaper, and she's involved in Shutter Club and Making Spirits Bright on campus.
"I have a strange obsession with comics which anyone that has heard me talk probably already knows," LaRose said. "'Graphic novel-ish' style is present in most of my work because of how I try to explore myself as a person through my characters. As the medium evolves, that's what it has become. It's a very intimate art form, therefore making it the most interesting for me."
Weber, of Sheboygan, is majoring in liberal arts with a graphic art emphasis. She graduated from Lakeshore Technical College in 2012 with an associate's degree in graphic and website design. She is the owner of Breanna Rae Photography & Design and Car Girl With a Camera. She has been a writer, photographer and social media manager for the Mirror, and served photo, marketing and web internships with Dynamic, Inc., and Hyper Tails Agility Club.
"Much of my work reflects my two biggest passions; animals and automobiles," Weber said. "A goal I set for myself when I was a teenager was to somehow make my mark in the world. Not anything big that the whole world knew, but enough that I would be remembered positively somehow. At 23 years old, I can say I have already successfully done that through my artwork and photography."
Johnson, of Sheboygan, is also majoring in art with a graphic arts emphasis. She has a wide range of experience, including internships with The Johnson Inspiration Photography, Breanna Rae Photography & Design and Lakeland's Student Success & Engagement Office. She also works as a freelance photographer, photographing weddings, families, children and couples. She won an honorable mention award for photography in the 2014 Lakeland Student Art Exhibition.