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Courtney Juen caught two hours of sleep in the tent she used as home-base outside of the Oklahoma State art studio during her 72-hour work day.

Juen worked a total of 74 hours in five days, the five days leading up to the art exhibition. 

This lifestyle and sacrifice of slumber in her college apartment were not for nothing: The Capstone Exhibition took off this week. OSU art students have been preparing their whole college careers for this show and are finally getting to debut their hard work. 

“Preparing for the senior show has been one of the most incredible and life-giving seasons of my life,” Juen said.

Juen’s work in particular, which was displayed alongside her classmates, emphasizes “stillness as a form of encounter.”

“(My art) shows how beauty is experientially tangible when we are just able to sit back and simply enjoy something beautiful. The motivation behind that comes from my faith," Juen said.

 

Emma Lynn is an art student participating in the show. 

 

Lynn shared a story of filling a kiddie pool up with nitric acid to etch copper that is now exhibited in the gallery. 

 

"The craziest part of prep was just the emotional and physical investment and exhaustion that went into it all," Lynn said. "My work specifically pulls from some already emotionally weighted areas internally, so dealing with addressing those concepts while trying to meet all of the other ongoing demands of producing and fulfilling an exhibition…it was certainly taxing, but rewarding just the same."

Seyvon Vick is another senior art student participating in the show. 

"The show really means a lot to me because it gave me a sense of what is to come in my journey as an artist," Vick says.

The department works throughout the degree track to prepare students for this final exhibit. They work to set students up for success in the professional art world, with this show just being a part of that. 

The students' hard work is displayed in the Gardiner Gallery in the Bartlett Center and the general public is not only welcome, but encouraged to come see the art.

“The preparation process was so, so demanding and the easiest thing to give so much time to,” Juen said.  

The Capstone Exhibition runs through Dec. 10, where the community can admire students like Juen, Vick and Lynn's work and dedication to OSU art.