Department of Art

Taylan Biberoglu, Jessie Carper, Ryan Collins, anna Milliter & Madison Yunger Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Xavier University and the Department of Art are pleased to announce thesis exhibitions by five senior students: Taylan Biberoglu; Graphic Design, Jessie Carper; Graphic Design/Illustration, Ryan Collins; Graphic Design/Printmaking, Anna Millitzer; Painting, and Maddie Yunger; Sculpture. The opening Artists’ Reception is Friday, November 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Taylan Biberoglu presents Get Your Mind Right, a series of posters that focus on depression. Depression is an extremely common illness worldwide that affects many people. This exhibition is dedicated to all the love ones lost due to depression. The artist states “I have the desire to help friends, family and anyone who struggles with depression by illustrating these unhealthy behaviors and showing how to fix them.”

Persistent is an exhibition by Jessie Carper which represents her fight with Persistent Depressive Disorder. Persistent Depressive Disorder is defined as “a chronic (persistent or recurring) form of depression best known for its “low-mood” effects.” Although now aware of the disorder, Jessie was unaware of its presence in her life until recently. Previously she assumed that the symptoms from the disorder were just negative traits that she could not shake no matter how hard she tried.  Jessie uses multiple types of illustration media – digital color illustrations, relatable graphic panels, takeaway graphic pieces - to convey symptoms of the disorder. Her hope is to help herself and others make connections between consistent negative behaviors and PDD.

Ryan Collins presents Disconnections, a series of printmaking and graphic design processes. Ms. Collins explores the hookup culture as defined by Donna Freitas in her book The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy. Hookup culture ultimately undermines the ability to develop meaningful relationships.

In Unlimited, Anna Millitzer creates artwork that reflects the challenges of the disabled community through animals and plants with different genetic mutations. As a handicapped individual, Millitzer can experience ableism, otherwise known as discrimination against people with disabilities. Their self-respect is tested by societal norms on what is considered “normal.” However, Millitzer expresses the issue with an optimistic energy because she relies on nature as a source of stress relief, fun, and her treatment for a good life. Anna depicts plants and animals with watercolor, gouache, acrylic, punch needle, and photography to show that giving different people a chance can create new and positive experiences. 

Madison Yunger presents Desire, a sculptural series. The artist uses ceramics and mixed media to create a narrative for women’s experience. Her work is driven by a desire to elevate the status of women in today’s society. Yunger incorporates objects from her childhood home and the flora around because nature plays a vital role in her process.