Arts & Culture

Augsburg Senior Artists Come Together for Virtual Art Exhibition

ziz immelman, A&C editor

Christensen Center, normally colorful and brought alive by student and guest artwork, has been noticeably bare this year. Over the 2020-21 school year, there are far fewer art installations in Augsburg’s galleries. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, artists have had to move their art shows to an online format. 

In previous years, senior art and design majors have been given the opportunity to display their art in the Christensen art gallery. Each senior’s work would stay up for a few weeks at a time, beginning with a celebration where the artist could present their work and discuss it with peers and professors. This year, the normally high traffic space behind Einstein’s has been much more empty, another in-person experience that COVID-19 has taken away. 

But the art hasn’t been taken away completely. Senior Augsburg artists will still be able to present their work- it just will look a little different. The senior art exhibitions have moved online for the year. Starting April 14, the Augsburg Design & Agency website will have a section dedicated to senior artists where viewers will be able to click between artist profile pages and see videos of students explaining their work. There will be a virtual 3D gallery for viewers to browse as well as a Zoom celebration and Q&A on April 30. 

Augsburg students seem optimistic about this new exhibition format. Alyssa Anderson, a senior in the graphic design department tells The Echo, “I obviously wish we could be in a physical gallery space for the show. Photos of work are never as good as getting up close and personal with pieces. I’m very excited to see how everyone is going to pull this together, and it’s really cool to see all the ways problems were solved for this format. It does take off some of the stress of presenting work to an audience.”

The project Anderson will be presenting is “a self expression of [their] daily struggle with mental illness through characterized game cards. [They use] digital collage to highlight the chaos and uncertainty that comes with trying to navigate this life.”

Graphic designer Fatemeh Astani is another student excited to highlight her art. She described her project topic as “the effects of visuals and ads on our subconscious mind and how those indirect messages from big corporations and ads are shaping society’s mindset.” 

Augsburg’s phenomenal artists will be displaying a myriad of work at the online galleries, providing an incredible opportunity for students to connect with others and witness the talent of their peers. Though the loss of in-person exhibits is keenly felt, the best is being made of the situation.

“I wish I could be in the space with everyone to show our projects,” Anderson said. “[But] I’m very excited to see everyone’s work, it’s been a long time coming!” 

Check out the virtual gallery on the Augsburg Design & Agency website on April 14 and join seniors for the virtual Q&A on April 30.