Thursday, March 9 2017 
12:30 to 3:30 PM
West Wing, Mandeville Center (top floor)

The Undergraduate Honors Program of the UC San Diego Visual Arts Department will be opening their doors to the public on the 9th of March, 2017 from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. Each year within the Visual Arts department, a select group of undergraduate students majoring in Studio Art are nominated by UC San Diego faculty to join the Honors Program. This event will display the work and creative processes of current members of the program, each with a unique practice varying in styles, mediums, and concepts.

The artists include Hilary Ng, Jessica Ballenger, Jeremy Raab, Lucas Spenser, Elizabeth Bautista, Tamara Williams, Dorothy Boyd, Melissa Castro, Gabrielle Ramlow, Jeszica Jean McPeak, Masresha Girmachew, Peter Chen, and Patrick Gaarder.

Hilary Ng investigates modes of communication and human interaction through digital technology and hands-on sculpture. Jessica Ballenger employs the use of both two and three-dimensional objects with domestic connotations to challenge their traditional interpretations. Challenging the context of life and its absurdities, Jeremy Raab produces meticulous line work and witty combinations of objects to confront the mundane. Lucas Spenser focuses on the everyday beauty found in unexpected places with the use of various analog approaches. Elizabeth Bautista explores ethnography in a visual language through painting and drawing, accomplished through observing her subjects in secret. Tamara Williams explores concepts of space and interior structures through a variety of materials to exceed their limitations and subvert their intended function. Straying from intended functions, Dorothy Boyd creates large-scale soft sculptures of grotesque, yet simultaneously charming subject matter. Dealing with the idea of repulsion, Melissa Castro creates tumorous clay sculptures relating to the pain, fascination, and disgust towards her own body. Similarly, Gabrielle Ramlow’s three-dimensional works engage with the body, specifically the mind, creating an inviting discourse concerning mental illness and loss. The work of Jeszica Jean McPeak intersects art education and community through 2D and 3D objects in order to expand upon current understandings of art’s pedagogical impact. Masresha Girmachew explores the relationship of the psyche to the body through images and objects, channeling energy through a gestural approach. Peter Chen experiments with process-based sculptures and paintings. Patrick Gaarder creates work of repetitive units that function between drawing and sculpture with performative elements.

This event will be held on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 from 12:30 to 3:30 PM at the west wing of the Mandeville center (top floor). There will be music, refreshments, and a raffle.


Images from previous Honors Open Studios events.