Six Artists Construct Introspection Exhibit


Emily Loughridge

“Introspection,” the Spring BFA Show, opens Saturday and will showcase six graduating art majors, including Bea Tezén, Erin Kelley, Cassie Duncan, Savannah James, Jillian Scroggins, and Dani Stevens.

Bea Bourland, Contributing Writer

“Introspection,” an interesting name for an art show with an equally as interesting cast of individuals. As graduating seniors with art degrees, Bea Tezén, Erin Kelley, Cassie Duncan, Savannah James, Jillian Scroggins, and Dani Stevens have to put on a BFA show as the capstone project in their degree. Each artist created around 15 pieces, but only around five to seven pieces will be on display said Tezén.

The show takes place in the Nesbitt Gallery, and lasts from March 25th to the end of the trimester to allow whoever wants to view it to have a chance. The opening ceremony is March 25th at 6 p.m., and refreshments such as wine and charcuterie boards will be offered.

As one of the most rigorous programs offered to the art majors, these individuals have been working on these pieces for upwards of two trimesters. The students are in charge of everything, from student engagement, outside advertising, to setting up the gallery when the time comes. Understandably so, the students are excited to get the community involved in their work.

“With the opening of the Art Wrecker and the BFA shows I believe we’re finally bridging the gap between the Chickasha community and the art department,” said Kelley.

With all the time and effort put into these pieces, the students are excited, but more than anything they’re scared, stated Kelley, “More than anything I’d say we’re scared, but also excited because of how we’re able to finally show ourselves as an artist, show off what we can do and what we’ve learned.”

When asked what advice they had as graduating seniors for other students, they said they wanted mostly for others to explore the program, find what was right for them, and mix and match techniques with mediums. Tezén said that half of the artists have a painting emphasis, so their pieces contain oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints, and the other artists used a variety of digital programs to create their pieces.

“I had no idea what I wanted to do when I came in, I just knew that graphic design was the medium I enjoyed the most,” said Kelley.

Knowing what to do with your degree is just as important as getting it, as Tezen highlighted, “Start thinking about where you want to go with your life, what you want to do with your art degree and your art in general.”


Bea Bourland is a first-year Biology and Environmental Science major at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.