Facades: The Annual Senior Student Art Exhibition

April 11 – 30
Samek Gallery, 3rd Floor, Elaine Langone Center

Presented in partnership with the Art and Art History Department, this exhibition showcases culminating work by graduating senior Art majors and Art Assistants.

Featuring the work of 6 graduating studio art majors and 3 assistants in the Department of Art and Art History, this exhibition is a study of the facade in all of its facets. Whether referencing the slick veneer of human artifice, or the cultural implications of brick and mortar, these nine artists approach the theme broadly, using a range of mediums.

At one moment, we are recipients of the quiet solace provided by thoughtful consideration of surface and material in works of formalist sculpture. At another moment, we are forced to confront the sense of fear and alienation induced by the physical spaces in our environment. A video piece reminds us of the body as an outer shell, linked to inner consciousness by an unsteady bridge built by personal experience. One artist illustrates the immaterial nature of facades as the shifting veils of human emotion through a display of layered transparencies, while another emphasizes the material, finding the cultural significance of a place embedded in the tangible objects found there. In this space, walk among miniature walls and consider the political ideologies which build massive ones. Join us as we share secrets, revealing truths concealed by daily deception.


Related Events:

Opening Snap Talks and Reception
Friday, April 14, 6 pm
Gallery Theater, 3rd Floor Elaine Langone Center

In partnership with Bucknell’s Department of Art and Art History, graduating seniors will present their work. A reception follows in the Samek Gallery.


The Gallery Engagement Team Presents: Spring Gala
Friday, April 21, 7 – 8:30 pm
Samek Gallery, 3rd Floor Elaine Langone Center

The Samek’s student organization, the Gallery Engagement Team, is throwing its spring gala at the Samek in celebration of the Annual Student Art Exhibition. This event is for students, by students.

facade (/fəˈsäd/):

the face of a building, especially the principal front that looks onto a street or open space.

an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.

Whether we like it or not, facades surround us from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we close our eyes at the end of the day. Sometimes defined as “the front of a building”, facades are also created by humans to temporarily fill internal emptiness, avoid judgement, or gain the public’s acceptance. They come in many forms, and are desirable for the protective wall they form around one’s emotions. Facades explores the meaning of its namesake through figurative black and white photography that attempts to capture something beyond the image presented. These figures are masked, disguised, covering their faces in some way. What might they be hiding? We hope that you are able to reflect upon your own facades throughout the exhibition, and question what might happen if those walls that are so easily built suddenly came crashing down.”

Works in the study gallery were chosen from the Samek Collection by the Gallery Engagement Team. Curation inspired by the Senior Art Show, “Facades”.



Exhibition checklist and Artist Statements


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Gallery Locations

The Samek Gallery
3rd Floor, Elaine Langone Center
Bucknell University

The Downtown Gallery
416 Market Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837