JCU Studio Art Department Showcases Student Talent

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The John Cabot Studio Art Program showcased student talent at an exhibit held on December 6, 2018 at the Largo dei Fiorentini Art Studio. This celebration of student art work, which has been held every semester since 1999, is a way for students to share their work with each other and the JCU community.

JCU Art Show

Students at JCU Art Show

The Studio Art Program, offering digital and film photography, video art, graphic design, drawing, fresco painting, and oil painting, includes both the latest technologies and more traditional techniques of art-making, and encourages collaboration between them.

Graphic Design professor, Sabrina Schmidt said, “The show is very exciting, because the quality and variety gets better and better every semester. It’s very beautiful to see the results of students’ creativity and hard work.”

Studio Art Professor, William Pettit added, “We have a lot of photo classes this semester, and the results are very strong. I think every semester the classes get more popular, more populated, and better.”

JCU Art Show

Students at JCU Art Show

Notre Dame Study abroad students, Catherine Barra and Patricia Gutierrez, respectively spoke about their AS 110 Intro to Drawing – Rome Sketchbook and AS 289 Digital Photography courses. Catherine said, “The course description caught my attention, since it was on onsite class. I thought that it would be a great way to see the city; it was a no-brainer. I learned a lot, and my drawing skills greatly improved as well.” On her Digital Photography class, Patricia commented, “I’ve always been interested in photography, and left this course specifically for my time here at JCU. We got to walk around the city, and take pictures of different neighborhoods. I learned how to make the most of the manual mode on my camera, instead of relying on the automatic function.”

JCU degree-seeker Camilla Palermo described the AS 105 Introduction to Photography course as a well-rounded class for beginning photographers like herself. “We learned how to set up a camera, and use different tools like, aperture, shutter speed, IOS, and more. I also got to develop some of my photos after our brief introduction to film photography.”

JCU undergraduates, Alessandra Valcastelli and Mariah Caffrey, discussed their experience in Professor Schmidt’s AS 330 Graphic Design: Corporate Identity and Branding course. “It was great because it was always hands on. It was always about doing things, and learning along the way,” said Mariah. Alessandra added “We had to develop a theme for our corporate identity design project, which helped us maintain a certain structure. At the same time, we had to think outside the box when it came to applying the theme creatively.”