The Lied Center for Arts held the opening reception for the BFA Thesis Exhibition at the Lied Art Gallery on Friday.
BFA seniors Mary Kate Costello, Summer Khalil and Leo Rosas Vickers all had artwork displayed in separate areas inside the gallery. All three artists were present to discuss their artwork with the public.
Vickers, originally from Sacramento, California, focuses artwork on personal experiences with mental health and cultural influences from his Mexican background.
Vickers was originally on Creighton’s pre-medicine track but “mingled around until [he] found the art major.”
Vickers added, “Do what you want to do and not what you think your audience wants because the audience doesn’t want to see something that an artist didn’t put effort, emotion, or personal feelings into.”
Costello, an Omaha native, said that she was interested in art and majored in it because students are “able to recreate whatever message [they] want.”
She added that one of the challenges is making a lot of mistakes, which has made her realize what artwork she likes to create, and brought her a lot of self-confidence.
Mary Ellen Costello, the mother of the artist, said “just to be able to see her name up there and her body of work is just awesome.”
As for her plans after graduation, Costello said that she plans to teach elementary art.
Dr. Amy Wendling, chair of the Department of Philosophy, said she comes every year to see the BFA exhibit.
Graphic Design professor Betni Kalk said that she specifically came to see Vicker’s work, who is one of her students, but also enjoys viewing the exhibition in general.
“I like Leo’s self portrait. I like the color. I like the like the strong gaze that they have.”
Kalk said she wished more students would visit the exhibit to see the student art.
The Lied Art Gallery is open everyday to view the artwork.
On Mondays through Fridays, it’s open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s open from 1to 4 p.m.
The exhibition will run until April 29.