The work of Lakeland University senior Amanda Bagnall-Newman will be featured as part of the first Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition for this academic year.
An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 4, 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 Bagnall-Newman during her time at Lakeland, will be on display until Dec. 9. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the university 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.
Bagnall-Newman will be on hand to discuss her work. In addition, The Fret Set II, a jazz duo featuring guitarists Dave Sullivan and Dave Kirk, will be performing live music.
Bagnall-Newman will graduate this December with a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis and a minor in communication.
She is currently visual media editor for the Lakeland University Mirror, creating videos, photos and graphics for this online publication. She's also served the Mirror as website manager and layout manager. She has been graphic designer for United Methodist Church of Sturgeon Bay and Jacksonport, Wis., and is a freelance graphic designer who has worked on a variety for projects for clients.
She's done a pair of internships, one for the Door County Adventure Center that included developing a social media-focused marketing campaign, and one for Lakeland's Student Success and Engagement Team that had her creating print and digital marketing materials.
Bagnall-Newman was born and raised in Wisconsin's Door County area, and she said the beauty of that part of the state has always been a source of inspiration.
"Rarely am I found without a sketchbook in my possession," she said. "Inspiration is hidden around every corner, so I am constantly illustrating whatever thought comes to me. There is beauty to be found everywhere; in the texture of tree bark, white caps of a wave and the cream being poured into your coffee. As a designer, my eyes have developed to pick up on these subtle beauties found throughout a typical day which has allowed me to reflect them into my work."