SJU Gallery Showcases Senior Work

Friday, April 5, 2013

by Amanda Sapio '13

PHILADELPHIA (April 5, 2013) – Four senior artists will display their work in the 14th annual senior art thesis exhibition at Saint Joseph’s University Gallery, April 12-May 31. The art will be shown on the second floor of Merion Hall on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 12th 5-9 p.m.

Titled “Captured,” the exhibit is planned around digital photography by Madelon Crosson, Nehru Ganeish and Nora McGuire, with paintings by Lisa Sucharski. The students have worked on their projects throughout the year in a senior capstone course, taught by Ron Klein, M.F.A., associate professor of art.

“The capstone class will present a beautiful show,” says Klein. “Each young artist has delved deeply into their own subject matter and styles. Their work has developed over this past year in ways I didn't imagine. The Department of Art can be very proud of this exhibit.”

Crosson, who is from Germantown, Tenn., will graduate with a double major in art and psychology. Her senior project includes digital images intended to evoke an overall sense of soothing tranquility with a subtle sense of unease. 

“My work is a product of my experiences and my imagination,” says Crosson. “This series was inspired by my attraction to ambiguous subject matter and how my fears and imagination can influence and exaggerate the way I interpret an otherwise mundane scene. Through its progression, the series generate a certain element of peacefulness that, upon further contemplation, become somewhat disquieting.”

Ganeish, a native of Singapore, moved to Philadelphia to study art at Saint Joseph's. Although he enjoys the process of traditional photography, he prefers the flexibility that digital photography offers, which is why he chose to use that as the medium for his project.

"This series is my interpretation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy, Frank Gehry’s sculpturesque forms and my desire to strike a balance between the organic and synthetic world," says Ganeish. 

McGuire, who was born and raised in Summit, N.J., first became interested in photography as a high school senior and chose to use digital photography for her project because its malleable properties facilitate her humor and imagination.

“I am most inspired by the alternate world that exists in our minds,” says McGuire. “By manipulating my photos in Adobe Photoshop, I can alter the reality I physically see into the imaginary, bizarre universe that I visualize in my mind.”

Sucharski, of Springfield, Pa., chose abstract expressionistic painting as her medium. The inspiration for her work is driven by the emotional journey she traveled this past year.

“My father passed away last year and I have been going through a very complicated, emotional time since then,” says Sucharski. “I spoke with Professor and Chair of Art Dennis McNally, S.J., about my situation, and he urged me to put my feelings into my art. I decided to create paintings to represent my feelings of love, loss and the re-living of memories. My work for the senior show has become a kind of epitaph for my father.”

In addition, a junior art exhibit will be held in Boland Hall on Lapsley Lane from April 12-22, beginning with a reception on April 12 from 4-6 p.m. There will also be a student art exhibit, featuring work from students enrolled in art classes, in Boland Hall from April 29 - May 9. A reception will be held on April 29 from 1-4 p.m.

Merion Hall is located off of City Avenue, on Saint Joseph’s University’s Maguire Campus at 376 N. Latches Lane in Lower Merion, Pa. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 610-660-1840, or visit the gallery website.  

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Patricia Allen, Senior Associate Director of University Communications, 610-660-3240,


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