Barry McNamara  |   Published April 15, 2021

Senior Art Exhibition

Works by Monmouth College art majors Ryan Dawson, Miranda Pasky and Rebecca Quick on display through May 5.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – The three artists featured in the final exhibit of the academic year at Monmouth College have become good friends.

SENIOR ART: This photo shows works by all three of the art majors whose work is on exhibit throug...SENIOR ART: This photo shows works by all three of the art majors whose work is on exhibit through May 5 in the Everett Gallery in Hewes Library -- a colorful design of origami pieces by Rebecca Quick, a painting by Miranda Pasky and a circular ceramic work by Ryan Dawson. Senior art majors Ryan Dawson of Monmouth, Miranda Pasky of Paso Robles, California, and Rebecca Quick of Moline, Illinois, are featured in the annual Senior Art Exhibition in the Len G. Everett Gallery in Hewes Library. Their works will be on display through May 5, the College’s final day of spring semester classes.

During a Zoom presentation for a monthly program sponsored by the Buchanan Center for the Arts in downtown Monmouth, the artists said they have become accustomed to supporting and encouraging one another throughout their time as Monmouth students. Dawson even went so far as to create a piece for the exhibit that symbolizes their friendship. The suspended work features three connected circles, representing the three artists.

Dawson specializes in ceramics, glaze chemistry and photography, but said that ceramics was his “love child.” He experiments with different types of firing techniques and attempts to create different textures, such as one piece with driftwood qualities. He often uses the form of a circle in his work to represent eternal and spiritual themes.

Pasky has found a focus for her artwork after admittedly being “all over the place” in her first creations. In her paintings, she now tries to incorporate symbolism, “expressive” brushwork and portraiture, which can all be seen in one of her exhibited pieces, Casting Away.

Dawson and Pasky are also studying business, while Quick has added a major in mathematics. Quick’s works show off that logic versus creativity, left-side versus right-side of the brain dichotomy. She takes an image, such as a portrait, then pixelates it and creates an image using 1-inch-by-1-inch origami squares, which she connects with fishing line.

“The planning stage is very hard, but making the art is easy,” said Quick, who said her 72-inch-by-72-inch work, Metamorphosis is made up of 1,300 origami pieces.

The Everett Gallery is open Sunday through Thursday for short periods of time: 1-4 p.m. Sundays; noon-4 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays; 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays; and noon-4 p.m. Thursdays.

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