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Creighton BFA candidates spotlight of thesis exhibition, April 21 to May 7

Three Creighton University candidates for bachelor’s of fine arts degrees will hold a thesis exhibition April 21 through May 7 at the Lied Art Gallery in the Lied Education Center for the Arts on the Creighton campus.

An artist reception featuring the three students, Ilisa Ayuindi Walter, Emily Eleanor Fisher and Elizabeth Ann Lowery, will be held Friday, April 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.

Walter, a native of Hawaii, will unveil carvings and etchings on animal skulls and bones detailing the varieties of experience, both human and animal, in an exhibition titled Capita Mortua.

“My aim with both the carvings and the etchings is to present death as a motivator rather than an ending,” Walter said in her statement on the exhibition. “Something to accept as part of our life cycle in order to fully enjoy the experience of being alive. I achieve this by decentering the viewers’ initial reaction of disgust and fear toward the unfamiliar through the addition of patterns and images.”

Fisher’s exhibition, Generation Waste, works in media ranging from oil paints to recycled K-cups to examine the mounting problem of waste and the challenges accumulating trash poses from generation to generation.

Generation Waste offers an opportunity for individuals to consider what they contribute to the bigger picture,” Fisher said.

A native of Omaha, Fisher is a recipient of the Creighton Fine and Performing Arts Grace Keenan Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts. She will graduate magna cum laude in May with a BFA in studio art and a bachelor of arts in graphic design.

Cast-stone monoliths are the centerpiece of Elizabeth Ann Lowery’s exhibition, Eclectic Arch. The piece comprises a sleek, postmodern approach to naturally-occurring arches and hand-hewn arches seen in ancient times, all as a way of examining the persistence of architectural forms caught in light and shadow.

“I chose a postmodern approach of simplicity of forms combined with structural lighting to express the relationship between architecture and the human condition today,” Lowery said. “Ultimately, my exploration of the phenomena of light and shadow in Eclectic Arch are to evaluate and engage the concept of infinity in architectural design.”

The Lied Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again from 5 to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

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