Department of Art

Annie DeGrood, Claire Feist, Sofia Philo, Jacob Sannes and Monica Schweiger Thesis Exhibitions

The Chaos of Identity by Annie DeGrood
Reduce, Reuse, Refashion by Claire Feist
It’s Cold Out Here by Sofia Philo
Year 2080 by Jacob Sannes
Entity of Self by Monica Schweiger


DATES: March 6 - 27, 2020
ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Friday, March 20, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
GALLERY HOURS:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
and by appt

Xavier University and the Department of Art are pleased to present senior thesis exhibitions by five art majors. The exhibitions will be on display March 6-27, 2020.

In her upcoming show, The Chaos of Identity artist Annie DeGrood explores the chaos of life and exploration of identity through whimsical figures. DeGrood uses painting and drawings to depict the tumultuous feelings of life and uses these paintings and drawings as a way to make sense of the often confusing journey of life. Through this body of work DeGrood also explores her own identity as an artist and her struggle to define what her artwork and style is. 

Exploring the detrimental impact the fashion industry has on the environment, Claire Feist discovered her passion.  In her exhibition, Reduce, Reuse, Refashion, Feist takes second-hand fabrics such as clothing, tablecloths, and even yarn made from recycled water bottles, to new heights.   She gives new life to denim jeans and jackets, tablecloths, weaving recycled yarn to create wearables.

Sofia Philo presents, It’s Cold Out Here - a series of eight paintings that bring awareness to unsolved missing persons and death cases over a span of 47 years.  The paintings depict the real life location of the cases in various stages of the mystery. Inspired by Edward Hopper’s eerie solitude and Alfred Hitchcock’s mastering of suspense, the her paintings encourage viewers to know the end result of each case while creating suspense through the viewer not being able to help the subject.  

Year 2080 is an exhibition of magazines by Jacob Sannes. Sannes begins his study of magazines by telling a narrative about the future impacted by climate change. They convey what fashion, music, architecture, travel, and what the world will look like in sixty years due to the adverse effects of sea level rise and temperature swings.

Monica Schweiger presents, Entity of Self -  a series of silver gelatin prints.  Schweiger begins her exploration of the subject of her personal identity as a first generation multiethnic young woman through the use of photography. Her photographs capture the range of emotions and questions one encounters when tasked with unwrapping the abstraction of identity, wondering if it is something that will ever have a concrete resolution.

Please join us for the artists’ reception on Friday, March 20, 5:00-7:30 pm to enjoy the art and free refreshments.