This J-Term semester D’arte, a student run organization to promote the arts, hosted an art exhibit in the Clayton Center’s Denso gallery. Art was displayed from many members of the club and from other students across the campus.
With hopes to create a new sense of art around campus, D’arte was formed to connect not only with art students but with other individuals on campus. The club recognizes the art community on campus along with providing help to other clubs and organizations. Events held by D’arte feature community building activities that range from face painting to creating sidewalk chalk murals.
The exhibit featured many artists on campus such as Brian Reid, a senior whose distinct work focuses on the LGBT community. The exhibit also featured the art of D’arte’s current president Minh Hoang. “I don’t want to work in just one type of art,” said Hoang. His work on display featured digital design, illustration and oil painting.
This year D’arte also shared something special with the community in hopes to connect the art students with the rest of the student body. On display was “A Thousand Cranes.”
This was a campus wide art project that involved members of D’arte collecting the wishes of the student body and connecting them to paper cranes. This project was inspired by an ancient tradition that states if you make a wish and fold a thousand cranes your wish will come true.
All of the cranes and wishes were hung delicately from the ceiling as the main focus of the exhibit was to promote the message of the unity between art and the community.
D’arte hopes to grow the club as a whole and continue hosting a show each year. “I want people to be more proud of who they are as artists,” said Hoang, “I want people to understand how much work actually goes into a piece of art. It takes a lot of time and practice just like other majors.”