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USAO Exhibits Oneness and Togetherness in the Barney Building

A navy blue circle appears against a periwinkle background. The words ONENESS and TOGETHERNESS appear on top of the circle in bright purple lettering

The Undergraduate Student Art Organization (USAO) opened Oneness and Togetherness on February 8th in The Commons and Rosenberg Gallery at the Barney Building. The show was organized and curated by USAO co-presidents Yuna Baek and Rocky Frank, and included works by sixteen participating artists, all BFA Studio Art majors. 

“Artists in our BFA come from a lot of different backgrounds, identities, and modes of working,” said Yuna Baek, a senior BFA student. “We chose the theme, Oneness and Togetherness, so we could create a show where all those differences worked well together.”

USAO welcomed submissions from students in the fall, receiving entries from BFA students of all years. 

“It was wonderful to see all the work from people in different grades and classes, and look at how people interpreted the theme,” said Cynthia Li, who displayed an acrylic portrait of her late grandfather. “This was my first year participating.”

Olivia Pietrzak, a senior in the BFA program, contributed a tableau of figurative, amorous lilies sculpted from porcelain, a project that she began working on last spring. Pietrzak was pleased that she was able to share her completed work with her grandparents, who attended the exhibition’s opening reception. 

Oneness and Togetherness, which closed on February 19th, was one of many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in group shows and exhibitions during their time in the Department of Art and Art Professions. 

Participating artists included Gabe Galper, Owen Roberts, Coco Guo, Grace Ezzati, Hyunyoung Mia Park, Yuxi Ma, Zachary Millner, Rochelle Roget, Isabella Marques, Samantha Esmé Williams, Olivia Pietrzak, Evan Thanus, Suha Baqar, Akanksha Somani, Cynthia Li, and Ping Hsu. 

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