Each year, Denison University celebrates its senior studio art majors with an exhibition of their work. The Studio Art Major Class of 2021 exhibition, “Flamin’ Estrogen: Reign of Fire,” is offered at the Denison Museum, from April 30 through May 21.

Enjoy the art, student bios and the artists’ statements behind the work.

Jocelyn Baeza

Jocelyn Baeza is pursuing her BA in Studio Art. Born in Mexico and raised in Chicago, Illinois most of her life, her work depicts the struggles of family interaction, identity, and lived experiences as a Latin woman in the United States. Jocelyn is part of the Step-Up Mentorship Program, is a member of the Kappa Pi Honors Society, and throughout the Denison campus.

Kat Boyd

Kat Boyd is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer from Alabaster, Alabama, majoring in Studio Art. Kat’s recent art interests involve the act of freestyling: making marks and movements on the spot to elicit freedom and uninhibitedness. Kat has performed with HERE US, at the Agape Bonfire and Election Day A-Quad events. In addition, her artwork has been shown at the Here Our Voices Gallery and the Room Gallery of the Bryant Arts Center. Kat has studied in Rome, Italy with the Temple University Visual Arts program. At Denison, she is part of the Step-Up Mentorship program and works at the Mitchell Athletic Center.

Maya Carolina

Maya Carolina is an aspiring photographer from Maryland, and is currently pursuing a BA in Studio Art at Denison University. Through the lens of a camera, she creates dreamscapes reminiscent of images just barely captured in one’s mind. Maya has refined her abilities through her job as a photography teaching assistant and during her time abroad at the Temple Rome program. She is the recipient of the Black Alumni Association Scholarship (2019) as well as the Marimac Scholarship (2020) for Fine Arts.

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Edem Dake

Edem Dake is pursuing her BA in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology. Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, her photographic and fiber installations depict her experiences with her faith as a young Christian woman seeking to express worship through varied art forms. She received the Mary G. and G. Harold Osborne Endowed Scholarship (2020), and the Distinguished Leadership Award (2021). She has had her work shown in Denison University’s Black Studies Department for 2020-2021 as part of a partnership between the Studio Art Department and the Black Studies Department in commemoration of its 50th Anniversary.

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Mary Helen Lowe

Mary Helen Lowe is a multimedia artist earning her BA in Studio Art at Denison University. She has lived in Virginia, Florida and currently resides in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Mainly focusing on photography and sculpture, her work is a representation of her lived experience, and an homage to her learned experiences. Much of Mary Helen’s practice is site-specific installation grounded in the color, light, and opacity a space has to offer. She studied abroad her junior year at The Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and learned many skills that are implemented in her practice. Mary has been a teaching assistant for the painting and the photography department, she was awarded the Marimac Scholarship (2019) for Fine Arts, and is a member of the Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society.

Wizdom Renee Scott

Wizdom Renee Scott is an artist, songwriter, and performer majoring in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Wizdom seeks to create art that instills ultimate self-confidence and motivation. She has been involved in many activities on campus including World of Dance, the 50th Anniversary of the Black Student Union, and a recipient of the Young Scholars Program (2019). Wizdom is part of the Step-Up Mentorship program and works at the Crown Fitness Center desk.

Shruti Shankar

Shruti Shankar, born in Chennai, India, is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work investigates practices of looking, belonging, connections to home, memory and identity. She works with processes of photography, drawing and installation. She is a candidate for the BFA program in Studio Art with a minor in Art History and Visual Culture. Shruti is a recipient of the Young Scholars Program (2019) and Off-Campus Scholars Program (2020) for research in Studio Art, a recipient of the Vail Scholarship (2019), the Osborne Scholarship (2019 and 2020), and the Nan Nowik Memorial Award (2020). She is a teaching assistant in ceramics, print-making and art history. She has participated in a number of group and solo shows within and outside campus. Most recently, she presented as an undergraduate speaker at the 2020 MAPC Remote Symposium.

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Sandra Spurlock

Sandra Spurlock is a senior Studio Art BA and Communication double major from Mandeville, Louisiana. Her risograph printed zines unpack Louisiana heebie-jeebies through colorful stylization and visual storytelling. Sandra is a two-time recipient of the Mary G. and G. Harold Osborne Endowed Scholarship (2019-20, 2020-21), the Vail scholarship (2019-20), Lifeshare CBS Scholarship (2017-18), and Denison Alumni Award (2017-21). Sandra is also a member of Kappa Pi and Lambda Pi Eta.

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XianTian (Ivy) Wang

XianTian (Ivy) Wang is pursuing her BA in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology. Born and raised in WenZhou, China, her digital illustrations deal with social issues related to gender and sexuality in her home country. She has exhibited at the Denison Museum. More of her work can be viewed on Instagram @xiantian_art

May 10, 2021