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Art student thesis exhibition on display

College of Arts & Sciences
Held In
Art student thesis exhibition Held In: Higher Light now on display at AD Gallery

The A.D. Gallery is pleased to present the student thesis exhibition titled Held In Higher Light.

The exhibition will be on display November 7-15. An opening reception will b held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Featured artists include graduate student Kathryn Ogden Humphreys and undergraduate art majors Tapanga Bullard, Lemuel Subdias and Joseph Miller. The show will consist of different art forms such as paintings and digital art.

Humphreys’ series is centered on creating a visual narrative on the effects of Parkinson’s disease on her father, Duke Orthopedic surgeon and teacher Dr. W.S. Ogden and her mother, his caretaker, Lou Ogden.

“I wanted to create a timeline showing the vitality of youth leading to unexpected circumstances, in this case Parkinson’s, that effect mobility and cognitive issues. I also wanted to portray hope and dignity amidst the devastation of this debilitating disease,” said Humphreys said.

Bullard’s still life series “Mason Jars 1-10” displays mason jars holding different foods and beverages as a way of celebrating many years of family traditions. Bullard is a well-known artist in her community and is known for her realistic and colorful acrylic paintings. Her artwork reflects family traditions that are carried on in the south. She uses simple objects to create still life paintings that many people can relate to or find familiar, while also keeping a personal connection to them due to the stories behind the paintings. The ideas for her still life paintings are often created from her memories and family traditions.

Subdias will be displaying a series titled “Reflections.” His series compose a visual diary in three different elements. The first one focuses on a reflection of sexuality, the second reflects emotions, and the third is a focus of creativity. He is very introspective of how these areas have changed over the course of time, from middle school to the present. He combines traditional art and digital art to create portraits. He most recently won the Peach Belt Conference Art Exhibition in March.

Miller’s wide variety of urban and rural landscapes is a collection of paintings accumulated over the last two years. The 22-piece collection has hints of old masters and newly discovered styles. The scenes are a mixture of imagined landscapes and personal experiences. Miller finds beauty in storms and different weather patterns as well as sunny days. He wants viewers to take away from his work a sense of amazement of landscape and storm magnitude as well as peaceful paintings.

The A.D. gallery is located on the first floor of Locklear Hall. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The A.D. Gallery is supported through University of North Carolina at Pembroke student activity fees.

For further information on the gallery, the exhibition, or the artists, contact A.D. Gallery Director Joseph Begnaud, at 910.521.6405 or email