Department of Art

Colin Hoyt, Molly Mariani and Aedan Sullivan Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Xavier University and the Department of Art are pleased to announce thesis art exhibitions by three Senior Art Majors: Colin Hoyt, Graphic Design; Molly Mariani, Graphic Design; Aedan Sullivan, Drawing/Painting. The exhibition opens on Friday, February 25, and continues through March 11, 2022.

Colin Hoyt presents Joga Feio - a 60-page publication with written articles and graphics about racism in soccer and sport. It will feature the booklet and five articles that are expanded and presented on the wall so that viewers can have a more intimate interaction with the material and issues documented.  The artist’s intention of Joga Feio is to highlight both the impact racism still has in soccer today and praise the fight that players and fans have and still are taking to kick racism and discrimination out of the sport.

El Orgullo Uruguayo, is an installation by Molly Mariani which exhibits four distinct brand identities in an interactive environment. Each brand identity relates to Uruguayan pride and international identity. The installation will be composed of a public transportation brand, a coffee shop and restaurant experience, and culturally relevant food and beverage brands, displaying yerba mate and alfajor cookies. Through these four distinct brand identities, Molly captures the essence of what she perceived to be the pillars of her Uruguayan experience and Uruguayan pride.

Aedan Sullivan presents, Solitude, a series of oil studies that reflect his feelings about nature. This exhibition intends to evoke a sense of nostalgia for America’s countryside, not just in those who come from a rural background, but also in those who have never experienced life in these communities. The wistful nature of the paintings, centering around the seasons of late fall to deep winter, is intended to create an eerie feeling and a sense of loneliness that explains the forgotten nature of our rural communities. The contrast between old farm life and the new tools and structures of modern farming illustrates the differences between communities that once were centers of social life in rural America and those communities now, occupied by large agricultural companies and cold machinery. These paintings provide a window into that lifestyle that is so key to our way of life in urban centers and recognize the efforts that such people go through, all alone in the countryside of America.

Please join us for the Artists’ Reception on Friday, February 25, 4:00-6:30 p.m.