Each spring, senior art majors at Presbyterian College create work that is put on exhibit in the Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery on the PC campus. The Senior Art Exhibition is a momentous event in a young artist’s life, a time for others to see their work on exhibit in a real gallery.
This year is different.
Like many colleges and universities across the country, PC is completing the remainder of the spring semester online due to concerns related to the coronavirus. Most facilities on the campus are closed, including the art gallery.
Since the Harper Gallery is closed, student Lori Hart’s Senior Art Exhibition will take place online. This year marks the first year the event will take place using a virtual format.
The online format allows you to view the painting and drawings as if you’re walking through an actual art exhibit. You can also read Hart’s notes about each piece of artwork.
About the Artist
Hart grew up in the countryside of Jonesville, South Carolina, and has raised animals since she was a child. As she began to shop during a trip to the grocery store one day, she started to wonder about more than checking off her items.
She thought about the relationship between consumers and their goods and, she says, about a time when their connection was not so blurred.
“Where do your plastic-packaged slices of bacon come from? What is the source of those pre-cut, perfect squares of yellow cheese, or that tidy crate of clean eggs?” she reflects in her artist statement. “Many know the answers to these questions, but do not possess an appreciation for the animals that provided these substances.”
The Artist’s Goal
Hart aims to create pieces that invite viewers to ponder the essential relationship between man and animal.
“The animals in my pieces are depicted in reverence and appreciation for their individual purposes,” she wrote. “I seek to instill appreciation and humble admiration for animals based on their functions, whether it be for companionship, food or other commodities.
“Every trembling, rippling muscle that bulges beneath a sleek coat deserves adoration. The arch and twist of every horn, the bodies decorated with feathers, the twinkling of eyes, and the delicate whiskers demand recognition and respect.”
View the Exhibit
Hart’s preferred media are charcoal and Conte on paper and canvas, but she enjoys using oil and acrylic paint, as well.
Hart is anticipating graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts with a minor in psychology. She aims to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in visual arts, with hopes of one day becoming an art professor at a university.
Please support Lori Hart by visiting her Senior Art Exhibition.