Space 204 and the Department of Art proudly present this year’s Senior Show exhibitions showcasing the work of nine graduating studio art majors—Alison Chen, Marcelle Coronel, Sophia Day, Conor G. de Mari, Ashlin Dolan, Lee Setili, Qinyan Sun, Tongqi Wang, and Marguerite Poitevent Zabriskie—on display from Friday, April 14, through Friday, May 12, in Space 204. An opening reception will be held from 4-6 pm on the second floor of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center with awards and recognitions beginning at 5 pm. Awards include the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet awards, the Allan P. DeLoach Award for Photography, and the Mid-South Ceramics and Plaza Artist Materials awards.
In addition, artwork from studio art courses will be on display throughout the Ingram Studio Arts Center, which is located at 1204 25th Avenue South at Garland Avenue. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am-4 pm. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.
Established in 1984, the Hamblet Award has changed the lives of many of the recipients as well as helped to build the Studio Art Program at Vanderbilt. The monetary gift allows a graduating senior to travel and have time to create and build a body of work, to pursue a graduate degree, or to develop his or her own art studio.
In 2005, with new facilities, additional faculty and support from the administration, Vanderbilt began to offer a bachelor of arts degree in studio art. The Hamblet award became an important element in the development of the art major. The competition and accompanying art exhibition have created a capstone experience for senior majors serving as a natural extension of a senior thesis. The gift also enriches the senior major experience throughout the entire senior year, with guest artist visits as well as an art-viewing trip to a city with a vibrant art community for all the majors.
A year and a half after graduation, the winner of the Hamblet competition returns to campus to mount a solo exhibition of the work completed during the award year. In 2002 the department was able to add a merit award as well.
*John Douglas Powers, 2001 Hamblet Award recipient, Core Sample III, wood, plastic, and history books, 57 x 10 x 10 inches, 2011