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B.F.A. Senior Exhibition 2021


The Plattsburgh State Art Museum invites you to join us in celebrating the academic and artistic achievements of the graduating class of 2021.

 

Sarah Brown


Whether one’s concept of time feels physical or experiential, we all experience the changes that time brings. We see this in our own lives; time changes the body and our mind, as well as our familiar surroundings. This experience of time passing is personal as I think of things lost, gained and never experienced. A feeling of wonder is created by this process, which influences my work. Ideas begin to grow while I am gathering, observing, and creating objects. During the integrative process they become new objects with new narratives, thus being transformed once again through time. Both my sculptures and photographs are a reminder of how time brings change.

Sculpture incorporating cabinets, some table and pieces, little mechanical parts and crate pieces.

LMAO - © Sarah E. Brown

Sculpture incorporating a crumbled material shaped into a form sitting on a marble base with a black bottom with a red stripe.

Marble Monster - © Sarah E. Brown

Sculpture incorporating a crate, woven sticks, a roughly shaped base, and with knickknacks inside the crate with orange drapery.

Relaxing - © Sarah E. Brown

Sculpture incorporating wooden slabs, doylies, and a crumple material shaped into a head.

Rolling Moss - © Sarah E. Brown

Sculpture incorporating two panels with stylistic holes in them, and some glittery, plant-like shapes in the center.

Socializing - © Sarah E. Brown

Sculpture incorporating table legs, some wrapped pieces, and a crumpled object at the top.

Table Nest - © Sarah E. Brown

Sculpture incorporating cabinets, some table legs, castors, and crate pieces.

Writing Home - © Sarah E. Brown

Stylistic pieces of wood with crumpled metal a top them.

Floating Cliffhanger - © Sarah E. Brown

Sculpture that uses a piece of wood wrapped in jean material, and with a metal cap that looks like its melting.

Frozen Fall - © Sarah E. Brown

Sculpture incorporating various small knickknacks and items fastened to a blue wooden backing with a frame.

Home Life - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of dark colored hair.

BD 2 - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of dark colored hair.

BD 007 - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of dark colored hair.

DGORP - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of dark colored hair.

DrMS - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of dark colored hair.

MD - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of light colored hair.

MLH - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of light colored hair.

MYTOM - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of light colored hair.

RG - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of light colored hair.

RNJ - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of light red colored hair.

Spit - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of light colored hair.

TBTennis - © Sarah E. Brown

Close up photo of dark colored hair.

Tommy 2 - © Sarah E. Brown

Photograph of a building that’s for sale. It’s white with faux brick a the bottom and a green roof. There’s a utility pole in front of it.

Rt 9 for Sale Building 2 - © Sarah E. Brown

Photograph a tan, stonework theatre with a black marque that says “Hollywood” on it.

Hollywood - © Sarah E. Brown

Photograph of a power station. It is light brown with a gray entry door, and a gray loading door. There is an orange safety marker on the outside.

Power Plant l - © Sarah E. Brown

Photograph of a purple wall with a utility pole next to it. The wall has a gentle slope.

Purple-Barn - © Sarah E. Brown

Photograph of a worn factory with a tall smokestack.

Power Tower - © Sarah E. Brown

Photograph of a loading doc filled with trucks. The sky looks stormy.

Truckstop - © Sarah E. Brown

Photograph of an empty sign holder with some overgrowth. A trailer and building can be seen behind it.

Sign of the Times - © Sarah E. Brown

Photograph of a yellow factory. The foreground has a chain link fence with green privacy strips.

Yellow Wall - © Sarah E. Brown

Photo of a water tower with some overgrowth in the foreground.

Watertower - © Sarah E. Brown

Caitlin Daley


Sometimes it’s hard to put into words how we are feeling, what we like and dislike and our emotions that we feel in the actions of our day to day lives. The ability to create an environment where I can completely let go of myself has been a key factor in what has drawn me to art. Acquiring this capability as an artist has helped me have an outlet for expressing my feelings in a positive way. In my graphic design and sculpture work, I am able to use composition, color and conceptual content within a piece to try to invoke a reaction and communicate to the viewer. In my graphic design work, I am able to lay out information in a clear and concise way that communicates information in a rational as well as an aesthetically pleasing way. In contrast, my sculptural work is a channel for me to let loose and to show who I am inside. These are things that I cannot verbalize. By working in two different mediums, I am able to fully express myself to the world, in hopes that I can spark an internal reaction in the viewer.

Yellow and Orange Logo with some flecks of green.

- Hoppy Days Brewing Co. © Caitlin Daley

Patterned swirls of orange, green, and purple.

- Mandala II © Caitlin Daley

Patterned swirls of yellow, orange and grey-blue.

- Mandala I © Caitlin Daley

Multi-color sculpture with mixed media.

- Takes Three to Spill the Tea © Caitlin Daley

Patterned swirls of pink, white and purple.

- Craving © Caitlin Daley

Multi-colored sculpture with yarn poms and flats along with thread on a black background.

- Ate a Whole Ball of Yarn © Caitlin Daley

Patterned swirls of green, blue, yellow and white.

- Anxiety © Caitlin Daley

Sculpture with tiny balls of yellow, red and orange, as well as some blue pieces of sculpture material.

- Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner © Caitlin Daley

Swirling multi-color pattern with stars within stars.

- Nostalgia © Caitlin Daley

Swirling pattern of red colors with some white in a wheel-like formation.

- Amusement © Caitlin Daley

Psychedelic multi-color pattern.

- Satisfaction © Caitlin Daley

Psychedelic multi-color pattern.

- Admoration © Caitlin Daley

Psychedelic multi-color pattern.

- Interests © Caitlin Daley

Liz Feeley


My artwork takes inspiration from cultures all across the world, using both folklore and storytelling. The research I do allows me to have a deeper knowledge and understanding of far-off places as well as the people that inhabit them. I can then mold together a small portion of these places and traditions for viewers halfway across the world. Whether as an outsider looking in with deep respect and appreciation or pulling from my own family background, I use every piece of knowledge to create fantastical worlds of my own to share. My goal is that these worlds might seem far different from our own but hold a familiar sense of home while keeping the viewer engaged and curious about the work they are presented with. I strive to create more than just an image or object to view but an experience and place to see yourself in—a place where you can escape from the day-to-day and viewers can take a moment to steal away into a world surrounded by new faces and fresh adventures. Each creature or character I breathe life into takes on a specific role in these dimensions and have a story entwined with one another in the same way we all exist together in the outside world.

Promotional graphic with black background and a  skull with a red eye.

- Ripper The Crown Jewel © Liz Feeley

Game case mockup for Playstation 4. It has a woman grasping a leather facemask on the front. The back features text and three images of a street, candles and a painting of a woman.

- Ripper PS4 Game Case Design © Liz Feeley

A sculpture of a simple dock scene on a floating island.

- The Dock © Liz Feeley

A sculpture of a house with a river running by on a floating island.

- The House © Liz Feeley

A sculpture of a tree scene with a treasure chest and a whole in the ground on a floating island.

- The Pond © Liz Feeley

A green creature with two legs, tendrils, and an elongated head.

- Viridifel © Liz Feeley

A green creature with two legs, tendrils, and an elongated head. There are also a few purple mushrooms.

- Viosangui © Liz Feeley

An orange creature with a makeshift shell, two legs, tendrils, and an elongated head. It has a drop of liquid on one tendril, and orange cup-like plants.

- Naranterelle © Liz Feeley

Two blue creatures with a mushroom-like shell,  two legs, tendrils, and an elongated head. One is lying down, while the other stands.

- Agacarpi © Liz Feeley

Brianna Forkey


I aim to create spaces undefined by time. By removing identifiable landmarks, technology and figures, I can achieve ambiguity within my paintings. Broad visible brush strokes and subtle arbitrary color create interesting compositions that invite viewers into these strange settings. There is a sense of anticipation within each piece, allowing the audience to speculate and create their own meanings and narrative.

Lighting and editing are very important throughout all my work. By emphasizing the intensity and direction of light, I can direct the viewer to important passages in the work while also conveying the overall atmosphere of the piece. The abstraction of the figure, as it emerges and dissolves into the shadows of the composition, helps invoke a psychological response that further transports the viewer into these unique spaces.

A painting of a forest scene from a clearing. The trees are green, the sky is partly cloudy, and a rainbow can be seen.

- Champlain © Brianna Forkey

A painting of winter trees and grass sticking up through the snow. There are blue swirls in the paint, giving it a wind-like feel.

- Crete © Brianna Forkey

A painting of a caboose interior from one door. Seats are blue-gray, and the interior uses a red-brown and tan pallet.

- Caboose © Brianna Forkey

A painting of a walkway with open arches and columns.

- Monastery © Brianna Forkey

A painting of a stairwell and landing using orange and yellow paint.

- Amber © Brianna Forkey

An image of a long hallway with open door archways.

- Ash © Brianna Forkey

A painting of Lake Champlain.

- Lake Champlain © Brianna Forkey

A painting of a lake scene from Grand Isle.

- Grand Isle © Brianna Forkey

Drawing of a person draped in cloth lying in a hallway with open arches.

- Drape © Brianna Forkey

Painting of Rouses Point Dock.

- Rouses Point Dock © Brianna Forkey

Aidan Keefe


Painting captures the essence of a moment better than a photograph ever could. This idea is what drives my work, in that I’m always looking to evoke an emotion or narrative in the mind of the viewer. Through my paintings, I intend to portray everyday life as a way to visually connect with the person viewing the painting. One of the most important aspects of my work is relatability: relatable in the sense that I hope the viewer can see some part of themselves in my paintings. By creating a more conceptually charged still life, you give the viewer something to project themselves into and understand from their unique point of view, giving the work endless amounts of personal interpretations. This has always been my goal when creating a painting, to depict a person, place or object with the same vibrance and energy that it radiates in life as a way to speak to an experience that any viewer can identify with.

Face mask on diner plate setting.

- A Night Out © Aidan Keefe

Face mask in stack of books.

- Bookmark © Aidan Keefe

Man eating burger.

- Burger King © Aidan Keefe

Face mask hanging on car rear view mirror.

- Rearview © Aidan Keefe

Face mask on hanger in closet.

- Fashion © Aidan Keefe

Man with dark hair wearing a face mask and hoodie.

- Masked Portrait © Aidan Keefe

Rickell Larose


The way in which people create connections continually changes. These interactions with the world can be as seemingly simple as driving to work or creating a deep relationship with another person. The way I interpret relationships with those around me has shaped the way I construct my work. I want my art to represent connections, whether that influence is derived from a feeling, a structure, or a retrieved memory. With every piece that is woven together I think about how they will interact and in turn create a greater whole; a visual metaphor for how I have developed relationships with others in my life.

My graphic work embraces the seeming simplicity of a grid structure. With this visual approach I try to give the viewer the information they need while making the piece visually striking. As I have shifted my focus to packaging and branding, I’ve strived to make the design engaging, something someone would want to pick up, feel, and take home. Working in both two- and three-dimensional mediums has shown me how elegant simplicity can be and how careful thought can create something beautiful.

Wood sculpture with planks of wood.

- C I © Rickell Larose

Wood sculpture with planks of wood.

- C I © Rickell Larose

Wood sculpture with planks of wood.

- C I © Rickell Larose

Wood sculpture with planks of wood.

- C II © Rickell Larose

Wood sculpture with planks of wood.

- C II © Rickell Larose

Wood sculpture with planks of wood.

- C II © Rickell Larose

Wood sculpture with planks of wood.

- C III © Rickell Larose

Wood sculpture with planks of wood.

- C III © Rickell Larose

Ad with a yellow background. In red text it asks “dirty?” with a stain, followed by black letters that state “clean up with imber’s line of body products from face wash to deodorant and more. see all the goods at imber.com”

- Imber Bus Stop Ad © Rickell Larose

Image of plastic bags in water. A light shines from above.

- p. I © Rickell Larose

Image of plastic bottles in water. A light shines from above.

- p. II © Rickell Larose

Image of a sunken ship.

- p. III © Rickell Larose

Image of Earth underwater with light shining from above.

- p. IV © Rickell Larose

Mountain scene with a branch and some petals. The word “Thank You” is repeated throughout.

- p. V © Rickell Larose

Image of some ground with a cracked stream and a sunset. As an overlay are the words “Nothing Runs Like a Deer” with a deer icon.

- p. VI © Rickell Larose

Winosha Steele Michael


I incorporate my heritage, culture, race, and religion as the core structure of my work. My art is a reflection of who I was and who I am becoming. I want my art to be something that speaks for itself. Consider my art as an invitation to engage in an intimate internal discourse with me. Whether it be the colors, the figures, or the treatment within each piece, I seek ways to make you ponder. Each piece brings a new version of me that I didn’t know existed. Ultimately, the work I create is the embodiment of me.

Painted portrait of an Antiguan woman wearing a yellow dress. The colors represent parts of the Antiguan flag.

- Mom © Winosha Steele Michael

Painted portrait of an Antiguan woman wearing a chained yolk. The colors represent parts of the Antiguan flag.

- Sojourn © Winosha Steele Michael

Painted portrait of an Antiguan man wearing a blue shirt, sunglasses, and a gold chain. The colors represent parts of the Antiguan flag.

- Steve © Winosha Steele Michael

Portrait of an Antiguan woman holding a mask with the flag of Antigua and Barbuda on it.

- Antiguan © Winosha Steele Michael

Portrait of a purple bust in the shape of an Antiguan woman’s head. She’s wearing two dangling earrings in the shape of closed ankhs.

- Manifest © Winosha Steele Michael

Portrait of an Antiguan woman with long, braided strands of hair. The colors represent parts of the Antiguan flag.

- Burgeon © Winosha Steele Michael

Portrait of an Antiguan man wearing a red and blue shirt. The colors represent parts of the Antiguan flag.

- Dad © Winosha Steele Michael

Jade Nguyen


As a photographer, utilizing existing materials and fabricating and presenting a reality that is different from what we see every day is my intention. In that reality, I face my fears, confront my struggle, find my joy, and enjoy the precious little things. I create a personal iconography using familiar objects and settings and transform them into a narrative that exists only within my mind. Embedded in those iconographies are the cultural and social values that I live by and treasure. As I explore and experiment with a variety of subjects and ideologies, and build an alternate reality for each, I have come to realize that they are all linked together like threads on fabric, just like we all are in this world. Look at my photographs and you will experience a world of isolation, comfort, aggression, joy, and everything in between; get to know my photographs and you will get to know me.

While my photography is deeply concerned with memory, experience, and the fabrication of a personal narrative, my graphic design work follows a slightly different path. The idea of fabrication continues to be an element of my work, as I incorporate typography, pattern, iconography, and photographs and fill them with intentions to communicate with my viewers. I seek out meanings in the world around me, from the culture in which I grew up, and the people that I have met. All of these experiences become part of my graphic design imagery. My understanding of colors, composition, and iconography, all of these basic elements provide the foundation of both aspects of my work, photography and design.

Designed mockup of cream colored coasters that say “Clay Pot.”

- Clay Pot 4 © Jade Nguyen

Designed mockup of chocolate colored coasters that say “Clay Pot.”

- Clay Pot 5 © Jade Nguyen

Designed mockup of “Clay Pot” Menu.

- Clay Pot 6 © Jade Nguyen

Design Mockup of a “Clay Pot” business card on a card holder.

- Clay Pot 1 © Jade Nguyen

Design mock up of “Clay Pot” take out boxes.

- Clay Pot 2 © Jade Nguyen

Design mockup of “Clay Pot” website.

- Clay Pot 4 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a framed receipt with a hole in it.

- Consumerism 1 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a person in a white shirt and black jacket. Their face and skin is covered with coupons.

- Consumerism 2 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a person looking through a barcode.

- Consumerism 3 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a person with their hands up against a wall of coupons.

- Consumerism 4 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a person lying on their stomach with “SOLD” on their back.

- Consumerism 5 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a person drinking milk.

- Consumerism 6 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of person against light touching a tree.

- Memories 1 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a door a jar near a cinderblock.

- Memories 2 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of up a stairwell with a window at the top.

- Memories 3 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a brown recliner.

- Memories 4 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a red string tied to a tree branch.

- Memories 5 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a woman in a white dress walking in a field.

- Memories 6 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a red balloon in a grassy field.

- Memories 7 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a woman in a white dress holding a red balloon over her face.

- Memories 8 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a person hanging their arm outside a white paneled house.

- Memories 9 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a woman with long, red-brown hair among billowing, semi-translucent white fabric.

- Memories 10 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a branch in water with a white blouse hanging on it.

- Memories 11 © Jade Nguyen

Photo of a white building with a red piece of board blocking a window.

- Memories 12 © Jade Nguyen

Shannon O'Brien


Throughout the different mediums I practice there is one common denominator: my use of art to represent a state of being. Everything I create is a piece of myself. It is the way I communicate, raw and emotional, like words. It is easier to express myself without speaking. Words become unnecessary. My images provide me with a way to be heard without having to say anything at all.

Drawing of two people lying down almost creating a mirror effect.

- Stacked Heads, Greased Hair, and White Button Ups © Shannon O’Brien

Drawing of two people looking at each other on red paper.

- Old Bottles and an Old Glance © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Conversations with ourselves 1 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Conversations with ourselves 2 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Conversations with ourselves 3 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Conversations with ourselves 4 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Conversations with ourselves 5 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Conversations with ourselves 6 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Conversations with ourselves 7 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Living or Existing 1 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Living or Existing 2 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Living or Existing 3 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Living or Existing 4 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Living or Existing 5 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Living or Existing 6 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Living or Existing 7 © Shannon O’Brien

Black & white photo of a female body.

- Living or Existing 8 © Shannon O’Brien

Black and white film depicting a woman interacting with a suit case.

- Suitcase #1

Black and white film depicting a woman interacting with a suit case.

- Suitcase #2

Black and white film depicting a woman interacting with a suit case while on television.

- Suitcase #3

Jason Parent


We carve questions into the opaque boxes that we build around each other: how, what, why, and who are you? Who am I in relationship to you? I explore these concepts in my work and invite those who see my work to do the same. Within the human experience, there are points of confusion and insecurity to which everyone can relate. By focusing on the ambiguities inherent in identity, my work becomes a catalyst for conversation and introspection. Emotion is the thread that ties it all together.

Blurry image of a person in a white dress and a bare arm.

- Binary 1 © Jason Parent

Blurry image of a person in a white dress with a bare shoulder and arm.

- Binary 2 © Jason Parent

Blurry image of a person sitting in a white dress. They have bare legs and arms.

- Binary 3 © Jason Parent

Blurry image of a leg draped with a white skirt.

- Binary 4 © Jason Parent

Blurry image with some bare skin and white skirt.

- Binary 5 © Jason Parent

Blurry image of a person in a white skirt.

- Binary 6 © Jason Parent

Blurry image of bare feet and shins on wood floor while wearing a white skirt.

- Binary 7 © Jason Parent

Blurry image of a person in a white skirt walking.

- Binary 8 © Jason Parent

A grassy field at night.

- Field I © Jason Parent

A grassy field at night.

- Field II © Jason Parent

A grassy field at night.

- Field III © Jason Parent

A grassy field at night with a fallen, yellow barrier.

- Lot I © Jason Parent

A gated area at night with a red tree in the backdrop.

- Lot II © Jason Parent

A road at night with a metal barrier, and a metal structure in the background.

- Lot III © Jason Parent

Lower part of a tree in a grassy field at night.

- Tree I © Jason Parent

Lower part of a tree in a grassy field at night.

- Tree II © Jason Parent

Maria Tibold


My work is highly personal. The way sunlight falls on a wall or an object brings me joy and a feeling of calmness. The light in a room is a powerful and welcome distraction. Having the opportunity to bask in the sun, even for one short minute, helps me to forget about the chaos around me. When creating in both mediums, photography and graphic design, I want the viewer to feel the emotions that are put into my work.

Design of a line art phonograph with a woman listening to it. Her upper torso is line art, with the rest of her blocked out with colors (pink, orange, purple, and brown). She’s on a group of brown, orange and off white circles that look like carpet texture, while a flower-like motif of green and orange is behind her. The tips of the flower has bright red, orange and white flowers, and the background is two-tone yellow.

- 20x30 Poster 2 © Maria Tibold

Image of black and white line art depicting a woman sitting and leaning. She’s on a green shape that has a repeating pattern, with a pink sky and orange circle behind her. The text reads “The grass ain't greener the wine ain’t sweeter either side of the hill.”

- 30x30 Poster 1 © Maria Tibold

Design of a majorette in teal with a face mask in her right hand, and a baton with a viral mock up in the left. It states “COVID-19 A Global Pandemic” above her, with a thought balloon that says “The mask goes over your nose honey!” in it. The background is geometric with light blue, yellow, and orange shapes.

- 20x30 Poster 3 © Maria Tibold

Collage of images including skies, mountains, eyes, and flowers with a mesh-like image in the center.

- Poster 4 © Maria Tibold

Photo of drapes on a window depicting a slight bit of orange natural light.

- Orange Curtain © Maria Tibold

Photo of a wall with a bit of orange natural light on it, and the shadow of a plant.

- Plants © Maria Tibold

Photo of drapes on a window revealing a window with a slight bit of natural light.

- Soft Yellow © Maria Tibold

Photo of drapes on a window depicting a slight bit of natural light.

- Morning © Maria Tibold

Photo of a wall with a bit of orange natural light on it with some swirls of shadows.

- Divide © Maria Tibold

Photo of a wall with a bit of orange natural light on it.

- Window Glow © Maria Tibold

Photo of a wall with a picture. The natural light and shadow are of a tree-like structure.

- Quixote © Maria Tibold

Photo of natural light against wall. There is the shadow of two lines on it.

- Sun Glow © Maria Tibold

Photo of a window with the drapes letting in a touch of light from outside.

- Window Light © Maria Tibold

Photo of a naturally lit shelves with vases and a guitar on them.

- Flourishing Vase © Maria Tibold

Moody interior photo of a pair of windows with blinds. The room is dark, and only a bit of light comes through the blinds.

- Blinds II © Maria Tibold

Photo of blinds with a shadow on the other side.

- Blinds III © Maria Tibold

Photo of a slightly crumpled couch that's light brown in color and has natural light and shadow on it.

- Fur Couch © Maria Tibold

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