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BFA Senior Studio opens Dec. 5

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Article Published: Dec. 1, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 16, 2011

Appalachian State University presents the BFA Senior Studio Fall 2011 exhibition at the Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Boone, NC. The exhibition will be on view from December 5 through December 16, 2011 and includes work by candidates for the BFA in Studio Art.

The BFA Senior Studio Fall 2011 exhibition features works by nine students including four painters, two sculptors, a ceramicist, a photographer and a student who is presenting masks as part of her collaborative performance piece with Dance and Theatre students. Eight of the students will be displaying their works at Catherine J. Smith Gallery and one student, Jacob Ford, will be showing work at Looking Glass Gallery in Plemmons Student Union.

The gallery is pleased to present works from the following artists: Stephen Ball, Heather Bodine, Jaclyn Bowie, Elliott Chalmers, Jacob Ford, Jamie Kale, Allison Jae McDonald, Julia Taylor, and Ian Wilson. For the past year these students have been working with Ali Raza, assistant professor in the Department of Art. Raza states, “The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at Catherine J. Smith Gallery provides the Department of Art, the Boone community, family and friends an opportunity to view works created to earn this degree and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating BFA Studio students. The works of these young artists address a wide range of their artistic concerns in diverse media and processes. I am very confident that this show will be an exciting group exhibition and a moment of pride for participating artists and the Art Department.”

The reception for the BFA Senior Studio Fall 2011 exhibition is on December 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Catherine J. Smith Gallery located in Farthing Auditorium. A reception for Jacob Ford’s exhibition at the Looking Glass Gallery, located in Plemmons Student Union, is on December 16 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Please join the artists to celebrate their achievements at Appalachian.


Stephen Ball was born in Ashton, England in 1987. At the age of thirteen, he moved to North Carolina with his parents. After exploring several venues of expression, Ball identified his interest in the field of visual arts. Primarily an acrylic painter, Ball is also familiar with metals and woodcarving. He is interested in finding scientific and social connections between individuals and the human race as a whole. The concept of time, past, present, and future, has become prevalent in Ball’s work, more often than not focusing upon the present, with an outlook on what may come to be. In its most primary form, Ball believes that art is purely the creation of connections.

Heather Bodine was born in Wilmington, NC in 1989 and is the youngest of three siblings. Bodine is a mixed media artist who relies heavily on medieval and prehistoric cultural studies to inform her art. She has been selected to show work in Appalachian State University’s Annual Art Expo competition in 2008 and 2011. She won the Student’s Choice Award for her work in Art Expo 2008.

Jaclyn Bowie is an artist focused in ephemeral media such as installation and performance art and is completing a concentration in sculpture for her BFA degree. Her home and studio are located in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of Boone, NC, where she has shown her artwork in numerous public exhibitions. Recently, Bowie has performed both solo and in collaboration with other artists at venues including the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Valborg Theater, and the Nth Degree Gallery. Bowie studied sculptural papermaking and assisted artist Scott Ludwig in a workshop on photopolymer intaglio printmaking at Penland School of Crafts in 2011.

Elliott Chalmers was born in 1989 in Raleigh, NC where he lived until attending Appalachian State University in the fall of 2007. Entering the university relatively unsure of what he wanted to do, it was not until a spontaneous decision to begin taking art classes that he found a place to express himself creatively and without the limitations imposed by other creative concentrations. Art gave Chalmers an opportunity to push the limits of his own aesthetic preferences and concepts. He will graduate in the fall of 2011 with concentrations in painting and printmaking.

Jacob Ford was born in Charlotte, NC in 1990 and is currently working towards a BFA with a concentration in ceramics, as well as a BS in Art Education at Appalachian State University. He has been fortunate to intern with ceramic sculptor, Lisa Clague, and has attended a number of local and national ceramic conferences. Ford’s work will be on view at the Looking Glass Gallery from December 5 through 16.

Jamie Kale was born in 1977 in Catawba, NC. He currently lives and works in Boone, NC while studying at Appalachian State University. Kale received an Associate of pre-Teaching degree from Catawba Valley Community College in 2004. At the direction and mentoring of his father and grandfather, also potters, Kale has been involved in the art of pottery from a very young age. At the age of three, he worked with hand-built pottery, and by age thirteen was throwing small pots. His work has been shown at various festivals and craft fairs. In 2005, he exhibited a painting at the Nth Gallery and in 2007 he had a piece in Art Expo at the Catherine J. Smith Gallery.

Allison Jae McDonald was born in 1989 in Charlotte, NC. McDonald will be graduating with a BFA in Studio Art with a double concentration in photography and sculpture, as well as a BS in Art Education. McDonald’s work includes photo-realistic portraits, black and white photography, digital photography, conceptual figurative sculpture, and process-oriented non-objective sculpture. McDonald has worked as a Sculpture Monitor in ASU’s Sculpture Studio for the past four years. She won the Scholastic Gold Key Art Award and Scholarship in 2006 for two paintings. She had works selected and exhibited in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Annual Art Expo exhibitions at the Catherine J. Smith Gallery. She also received a Plemmons Student Union Purchase Award in 2009 to have one of her photographic works added to the Appalachian Artists Collection. McDonald has exhibited her work throughout North Carolina including a solo photography exhibit awed in the Looking Glass Gallery; a photography exhibit On the Fence at Beanstalk; a photography and sculpture exhibit true that. at Julia’s in Charlotte; and a collaborative mixed media exhibit The Digital Negative at the Pop Up Gallery in Boone. She has also been commissioned to do a number of portraits and three large-scale murals in Charlotte, NC and Philadelphia, PA.

Julia Taylor is an artist, metalsmith, sculptor, and craftsperson from Chapel Hill, NC. She will be graduating in December 2011 with a BFA in studio art with a concentration in metals and a secondary concentration in sculpture, as well as a minor in Spanish. After completing her BFA, Taylor plans to continue making art, to expand her perspective by traveling, and to learn something new everyday.
Ian Wilson was born in 1988 in Harrisburg, PA. In 1993, he moved to Greenville, NC with his family. During this time he would travel across the country visiting many museums, which developed his interest in art. During his time in high school he experimented briefly with computer animation. Upon graduating high school in 2006, he enrolled at Brevard College. After taking a few drawing classes, he realized a passion for drawing from life. In August of 2008, he transferred to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he will graduate in 2011 with a BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in painting and printmaking.

The Catherine J. Smith Gallery is located in Farthing Auditorium at 733 Rivers Street on the Appalachian State University Campus. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. For more information, visit or call 828-262-7338.

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