Lakeland College will spotlight the work of two senior art students when the first of two Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibitions opens on Friday, Jan. 24.
Tyler Holman, of Sheboygan, and Jinsu Ryu, of Tokyo, Japan, 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 advertising (creating a poster), mounting the exhibition, speaking at the opening reception and removing all of their work when the exhibit is over. This gives the students a real life experience as a professional artist, which will be very useful after they graduate and continue to exhibit their artwork.
Holman is working towards a bachelor's degree in art with a studio art and graphic art emphasis. He has various art-related work experiences including internships and substitute instructor positions where he has selected and directed student driven designs and instructed his peers.
Holman is also the recipient of several art related awards, a second-place award for his pastel drawing in the Lakeland College Annual Competitive Student Art Exhibition, and a medal in computer illustration from the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Art Show, to name a couple. He is extremely self-driven and has a very unique style.
"There's a structure to the process I use when creating art," Holman said. "It's not painstaking or torturous. That would be silly. Instead, the structure is simple, and makes the event of creation rewarding, desirable and quite addicting. The structure consists of layers that describe who I am, the ideas I have, the field I'm pursuing and the message I wish to convey through art."