CHARLESTON -- Graduate art students at Eastern Illinois University now have their artwork on display at the Tarble Arts Center, a culmination of a year's worth of work.
The 2019 Graduate Art Exhibition will be featured at Tarble, at 2010 Ninth St., until May 19.
Artists Garrett Brown, Haleigh Givens, Rhana Headley, Crystalyn Hutchens, Olivia Jakubowski, Maddie Kennedy, Leila Malekadeli, Stevie Roberson, Slater Sousley and Aurelia Tauscher have several pieces on display in the gallery.
Every year, a wide range of styles, media and art-making approaches are on view, but this year, many follow an installation-based style diverting from the paint of canvas approach that has been prominent in past graduate exhibits.
This year's slate of art often stretches beyond the canvas and uses much of the space in the gallery. There is still canvas-based art done by a few of the students in the graduate art program.
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Michael Schuetz, interim Tarble director, said this year includes art with an emphasis on product design and marketing, which is often under represented.
As in past years, the art often evokes themes of self-awareness, body-image and mental wellness, Schuetz. He noted not all of the art take itself seriously. Artists will be talking about their work at a Gallery Talk scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 1.