Senior Thesis Art Exhibitions by Elizabeth Leal, Maggie Schildmeyer and Eva Marie Witt

Artists' Reception: Friday, April 5 6:00-8:00 pm | March 27, 2013

"Yesterday" by Eva Marie Witt

Xavier University and the Department of Art are pleased to announce the thesis exhibitions of three senior art students: Elizabeth Leal, Sculpture; Maggie Schildmeyer, Sculpture; and Eva Marie Witt, Painting and Sculpture – opening April 5, 2013.


Elizabeth Leal presents Transformed Illumination – a collection of welded organic pod-shaped forms covered with a variety of dyed Japanese rice papers. Some pieces are lit from within, while others are created to absorb the light that surrounds it. Her inspiration for these pedestal and wall pieces comes from her fascination with the growth of a seed pod in natural environments as well as the transformation people go through within our everyday interactions and reactions with those we choose to surround ourselves with. By showing the progression of a plant’s growth, she is able to represent the development and change seen in the people surrounding her.  

Maggie Schildmeyer grew up in a family owned funeral home with death ever-present; and so too, were the amalgamation of emotions that accompany death. She learned from a young age how tangible death, love and heartbreak are for people. The artist states “These experiences have defined me and they continued to inspire my work…(I’m)mortal, is a re-imagining of the urn that has become so commonplace today. Following the themes of life, love, decay, and rebirth, each sculpture is as unique as the person it holds. Thus, each “urn” can serve as a celebration of life, an acquiescence towards death, and an acknowledgement of a supreme love.”


Eva Marie Witt presents The Nature of Grief  - a body of work resulting from her personal experiences with grief and her reflections on those experiences. Eva Marie uses the analogy of nature to add context to emotion. In her sculptural works, she examines the way grief weighs us down, causes us to fall apart, and holds us back from achieving our goals. The artist’s paintings explore the way grief provides a new appreciation for little moments in life, inspires us to become better versions of ourselves, and helps us to love more deeply. This collection shares the human experience of grief in ways both ugly and beautiful, and its potential for growth and decay in each of us.


Please join us for an artists' reception on Friday, April 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m.