December 06, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 82, Issue 6

Student art expo reveals Niagara's hidden talent

by Vince Schiano

Bethany Zakrzewski with her work, “Name.”

Bethany Zakrzewski with her work, “Name.”

Laura J. Brownlie, NU applied fine arts major and PR intern at the Castellani Art Museum, hosted Student Culture Expo, last Thursday. The exhibit invited all students on campus to showcase paintings, sculptures, photographs and more.

My goal for this internship was to get students more involved at the museum. said Brownlie. What better way to get students involved than by offering them a chance to show their work?

The invitation was extended and students jumped at the opportunity. More than 30 different pieces of art were showcased throughout the night, while a steady crowd continually filled the room.

When receiving responses from student artists, Brownlie stated she was pleasantly surprised. I'm happy that this is something students were so willing to take part in, Brownlie said.

Students such as Bethany Zakrzewski were excited upon the announcement there was going to be an opportunity for student artwork to be displayed.

When I first heard of this I thought, This is perfect, absolutely perfect. Zakrzewski used both oil paints and ˜micropens' in her collection of works that were on display. This is such a good way for me to keep doing art because if I'm given a deadline for something, I know I'll actually complete it. Zakrzewski added.

Susan Clements, coordinator of community relations at the CAM, showed nothing but joy at the turnout of both students and community. I'm just so impressed with the number of students that are doing art on their own. Clements said.

After seeing the success of the expo, Clements mentioned a possibility of making this an annual event. We're always looking for ways to make the museum more welcoming and engaging to students.

A confirmation has not been announced yet on whether this will be an annual event. More information can be found at

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