Lyon College’s senior art majors have adapted to remote learning by presenting their recently-completed thesis projects through online galleries.
Felicia Horn, Haven Johnson and Kayla Calhoun Medlin each designed an artist’s website to display their work, writing their own artist statement and bio.
Felicia’s project, Monophobia, explores the ramifications of ostracism. After being introduced to this issue in a psychology class, Felicia started to reflect on her own need to make connections with others, recognizing “repetitive negative patterns in her life as well as negative patterns in the lives of those around her.”
Her latest series of paintings explores these dark patterns that form within human relationships. Using acrylic and gouache paint as her medium, she creates melancholy yet surrealist imagery. Felicia draws on symbolism in addition to the people around her as inspiration. Her artwork has an impactful presence created by the large scale as well as the vibrant colors of the paintings.
Felicia graduated this spring with a double major in art and elementary education. She received the Book Award for Art at the 2020 honors convocation and had her work included in Lyon’s Juried Student Exhibition in 2019 and 2020. She has taught community classes at the Batesville Arts Council, has helped create several murals around Batesville and has served as vice president of the Art Student League. Horn is currently based near her hometown of Judsonia. She is working on building her portfolio and hopes to eventually pursue her master’s degree.
Haven’s project, The Math Behind Art, uses a series of paintings and sketches to highlight how an image’s composition can improve the work’s aesthetic qualities. Although the composition is more important than the subjects, Haven still produces beautiful, classically-styled and expressionistic bodies of work.
Her series has analyzed nearly 100 masterpieces to find commonalities between them. She found that despite drastically different subjects and styles they all shared almost the same compositions. By calculating the angles and focal points of those compositions, she has created her own masterpieces.
Haven graduated this spring with a double major in art and theatre.
Kayla’s project, Pretty Peculiar, is a collection of digital portraits that depict obscure creatures that are bizarre in appearance. When making these portraits, Kayla made them appear “painterly,” a quality that is normally associated with aesthetically pleasing subjects. By pairing this quality with subjects considered unappealing by some, she created a sense of visual conflict or “duality.”
Kalya used the “SKETCHBOOK” application by Autodesk on her Microsoft Surface Go. Digital painting is still relatively new to her. Most of her previous work featured watercolors. Kayla travels between Louisiana and Arkansas frequently, so she started practicing digital painting because it was easy to take with her. She enjoys the layering option the application offers and utilized it in all her pieces.
Kayla chose to paint these peculiar creatures in a “pretty” way, because she wanted her viewers to be able to visualize something ugly in a way that enables them to find beauty. She hopes viewers will adopt open minds and an eye for unusual beauty.
“I believe that if we can find beauty in even the most unattractive or boring things in life we will live with much more joy,” Kayla said. ”I also hope to share my love of all bizarre creatures and provide interesting information about them.”
Kayla grew up in Louisiana and moved to Arkansas to attend Lyon College. She presented her work in the annual Juried Student Exhibition in 2017. As part of her Advanced Studio Concepts course, she also exhibited work in the Imago Gallery at Fellowship Bible Church in Batesville. She has been commissioned for four independent murals in Louisiana and has served as president of the Kappa Pi Art Honors Society. She plans to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine or a doctoral degree in biology. While she is striving for a profession in the field of science, she will always consider herself an artist.
One hundred forty-seven Lyon College students qualified for the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester.
To be named to the list, a student must earn a 3.75 or higher GPA and take a minimum of 12 credit hours that semester. Students from seven states and seven international countries received the honor.
Students from Arkansas include:
Duvan Ramirez Garcia
North Little Rock
Out-of-state students include:
Penn Valley, Calif.
Weeki Wachee, Fla.
Greenwell Springs, La.
Olive Branch, Miss.
West Plains, Mo.
The Colony, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Virginia Beach, Va.
International students include:
Marcos Fernandez de Oliveira
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sarajero, Bosnia and Hersegovina
Igalo Herceg Novi, Montenegro
Louis van Gasterenstraat, Netherlands
Novi Sad, Serbia
Guri-si, South Korea
Over 150 Lyon College students have received CARES funds so far, and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick wants students to know funds are still available.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allotted relief funds for colleges to disburse to students.
Lyon has over $300,000 available to sophomores, juniors, and rising seniors (class of 2021). As of Friday, May 22, approximately 200 of the College’s 600 students had applied, and the College had sent 191 CARES checks to students. Graduating seniors (class of 2020) had to apply before graduation to be eligible.
This means about 400 Lyon students have yet to apply for relief funds they might be eligible for.
In his weekly Facebook live to students, Mulick reminded students to apply through the request form available on the College’s coronavirus update page.
“Students who have not applied are encouraged to do so and students that have already received funds are also eligible to request again if the need is there."
When filling out the form, students will need their Lyon ID number, their current mailing address, and information on financial aid options they have utilized.
A task force reviews students’ applications and then approves recipients. Mulick added that so far, the task force has had a quick turnaround in sending funds to students in need; students have received CARES funds about two weeks after applying.
"We are working hard to get the CARES funds disbursed to students as quickly as possible. We understand that many of our students and their families have great needs right now."
If you are a Lyon student and you or your family have been impacted by COVID-19, please visit lyon.edu/coronavirus to submit an application for CARES relief funds.
Lyon College has signed its first three students for the new archery program, making Spencer Rhoden, Preston Linville and Havana Santis the first-ever Arkansas collegiate archers.
Head Coach Travis Linville, who is also the state coordinator for the USA Archery program, said Lyon is the first and only Arkansas college to offer archery as a sport and to provide scholarships for archery.
Linville said each Lyon Archery team member will have certifications to coach in both the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) and the USA Archery program.
“Along with competing against collegiate archers at the state and national levels, Lyon archers will host tournaments where they will officiate and train future archers,” he said.
Linville has secured Lyon College as the 3-D Archery Host of the Arkansas State Competition.
Director of Affinity Mentoring Tommy Newton said Lyon researched archery programs and spoke with an array of local experts before officially forming a team.
“When we met Travis, we knew we had the right person to help make Lyon College synonymous with archery in the state of Arkansas!”
Newton continued, “Linville is a U.S. Army veteran who combines archery know-how with an indefatigable work ethic.”
“Signing our first three student athletes means that these students will get a great education,” Newton said, “and bragging rights for being collegiate archers with scholarships.”
“We’re going to be competitive right out the gate because of the level of archers these three are,” Linville said. “It’s an excellent program.”
Rhoden said continuing archery in college has been a dream of his.
“To sign with a college team was just amazing for me!”
Rhoden, of Alexander, first got interested in archery at a summer camp in sixth grade, and the camp staff encouraged him to join a team. He couldn’t find one in his area, so he ended up starting an archery team at his middle school and later at his high school, too.
“That team grew from about 10 to 15 archers to having over 200 students try out over just four years,” Rhoden said.
“I personally love archery because, for me, I fall into a zone of focus when I shoot that’s very relaxing and in general really fun!”
Preston Linville, of Bryant, got involved after attending an Arkansas Game and Fish archery event in sixth grade.
“I love how it’s competitive and you can have fun doing it.”
He is looking forward to continuing archery in college.
“It feels exhilarating to sign with Lyon. I was just doing archery for fun at first, but now it has helped me with college.”
Preston Linville continued, “I’m looking forward to having fun with my teammates, competing and seeing where it takes me.”
Santis, of Hensley, became involved with archery through Southwest Christian Academy.
“Teachers and students there have a passion for pursuing success in archery tournaments,” she said. “My favorite thing about archery is that it gives me the ability to compete and make new relationships.”
Santis said signing to compete at a collegiate level made her feel “very accomplished.”
“I am excited to grow as a person and an archer. I am looking forward to having many learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom.”
She continued, “I feel very prepared to grow mentally and socially while at Lyon College. I am grateful for the opportunities that I have been presented with, and I will try my best to use them wisely.”
Rhoden agreed, saying he is looking forward to learning and growing at Lyon.
“I have already met some of the amazing people at Lyon and am really looking forward to meeting more amazing people over the next four years.”
Lyon College will host the Samuel Beckett and Nature International Conference Friday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 18. The art department is calling for works created by Lyon faculty, staff, alumni and students inspired by Beckett’s drama, fiction, poetry, screenplays or personal correspondences.
Pieces must be submitted via email to James.Berry@lyon.edu with the subject line “Samuel Beckett.” The email must include the following: medium, size, title, artist name and date of creation.
All submissions must also include the name of Beckett’s work that inspired the piece. All mediums are open for submission. Wall-based work must be ready to hang. Pedestal pieces must be ready to present without loose or hazardous material present.
The deadline for submission is Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Notification of accepted work will be sent via email by Aug. 23. Accepted work must be delivered to the Kresge Gallery at Lyon College by Sept. 5.
The Juried Show will be displayed alongside Ray Klimek’s “Carbon,” an exhibition of photography inspired by Beckett and his philosophy. The reception date will be announced closer to the conference.
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