Quincy University’s Gray Gallery will host the annual Baccalaureate Exhibition, April 29 – May 11. The exhibition presents a retrospective of each graduate’s growth and artistic development.  Students exhibiting in the show select their best works from a variety of media with a focus on an area of particular interest. A gallery reception will be held May 5, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Students presenting works include Rhonda Dodson, from Liberty Ill. majoring in studio art; Gabrielle Haynes-Levett, from Florissant, Mo. majoring in graphic design; Taylor McMonagle, from Green Bay Wis. majoring in graphic design; Brooklyn Peile, from Barry Ill.  majoring in graphic design; Peyton Ross, from Clayton Ill. majoring in graphic design; and Lauren Suchland, from Moscow Mills Mo. majoring in graphic design.

The baccalaureate show is the capstone of the senior experience through which an art major makes the transition from student to professional.  Each candidate prepares a comprehensive portfolio of work, assessing strengths and areas for improvement. The students participate in a senior seminar that enables each to focus on particular facets of development as an artist. During the final semester, the students collaborate to plan a professional show, designing the display area, preparing publicity, developing the catalog, and arranging a reception.  Finally, each artist presents his or her portfolio to a panel of art professionals and professors for review and critique. Additional information about the Baccalaureate Exhibition is available from Gray Gallery curator, Robert Mejer, at 228-5371.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275.