C-N University artists open ‘Real Life’ exhibit

 “This is Real Life,” an exhibit of student artwork at Carson-Newman, opened this week in the Omega Gallery in the university’s Warren Art Building.

 The exhibit features the artwork of Camille Hooper, Elli Edwards and Samantha Bates and will be on display through Friday, March 1.

 Edwards is a photography emphasis art student at C-N, from Kissimmee, Fla.

 “I would say the theme of my photography is ‘experiencing life,’” Edwards said.

 Bates, from Dahlonega, Ga., is a graphic design emphasis art student, but her talent for watercolor is displayed in the show as well.

“My desire is for my visual communications to give people a way to relate to real life topics,” Bates said.

One project is meant to highlight the tragedy of human trafficking and act as a visual call to action.

Hooper, a photographer, is from Cookeville.

“I am inspired by the challenge to capture God’s sweet creation through candid expression,” Hooper said.

Her photos are intended to capture moments of emotion in human interaction.

The women contribute their artistic success to quality professors in C-N’s art department.

“The Lord has used the people in the art department, such as the professors and students to help inspire my art work. I’m so blessed.” Edwards said.

 The Warren Art Building is located on the corner of Branner Avenue and South College Street on the C-N campus in Jefferson City.

 School officials say the public is invited to browse the gallery and leave comments in the gallery guest book for the artists.

 Admission is free and the Omega Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 For more information, contact the art department at 865-471-4985.

 The show is part of the school’s senior-year exhibition program, through which graduating seniors showcase some of their best work in single or multi-person shows.

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm