Senior Thesis Exhibitions by Melissa DeCapua, Monica Laake, Daniel Quinn and Kristin Riepenhoff

Artists' Reception: Friday, April 8 6:00-8:00 pm | March 31, 2011

"Athletic Training" by Kristin Riepenhoff

Xavier University and the Department of Art are pleased to announce an exhibition by four senior art students: Melissa DeCapua–Photography, Monica Laake–Graphic Design, Daniel Quinn–Prints,

Kristin Riepenhoff–Paintings.  The exhibition opens on April 8 through April 22nd.

Melissa DeCapua presents Our Story a series of portraits that truthfully document the likeness, personality, and mood of individuals in the Norwood, Ohio community. Her collection of digital photographs promotes a sense of similarity between the viewer and the subject. The artist hopes her work will foster understanding and respect despite differences in race, creed, and socioeconomic status.



Marine Boys by Melissa DeCapua


Monica Laake presents Crazy Monday: The Saga of a Weasel. Her inspiration is a fictional holiday originated by her father known as “Crazy Monday.” In this holiday, a weasel Sammy brings a cooler full of both gifts and tricks wrapped in newspaper. Sammy reminds us that there is a beauty in spontaneity and randomness that is often overlooked, reiterating that life should not be taken so seriously. Monica has created t-shirts, posters, and books to capture this feeling.


Sammy by Monica Laake


Daniel Quinn presents Addiction and Avoidance a series of lithographs and woodcuts. Habitual consumption of chemical substances is the norm in our society. People use nicotine, alcohol, coffee, prescriptions, and over the counter medications each day. Such habits are so common that consumers do not consider that they are using a drug. Addition and Avoidance is a series of prints intended to force the viewer to abandon the comfort of acceptance and look more deeply at their own relationship with drugs. By using his experiences with nicotine and prescription amphetamines as a model, the artist’s work explores the relationship between chemical and drug user. Daniel’s work searches for the reasons behind the allure and repulsion of drugs.


Brain by Dan Quinn

Kristin Riepenhoff presents Two Truths, One Lie a series of portraits in oil. Her interactive work targets identity stereotypes in our society and challenges the viewer to look beyond initial judgments of others. The artist uses imagery of herself and her life experiences. Viewers will be asked to participate in a game, selecting which statements are lies by looking only at her image.

  Athletic Training by Kristin Riepenhoff


Please join the artists for their opening reception on Friday, April 8th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Xavier University Art Gallery. Enjoy the art and free refreshments.


Located at 1658 Herald Avenue, A. B. Cohen Center

on Xavier University's campus, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207

Gallery hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

For further information, contact Ms. M. Katherine Uetz,

Director for the University Art Gallery, 513.745.3811