Past Exhibitions

Common Threads: 2017 Senior Art Major Exhibition

Elizabeth Bleynat
Untitled, courtesy of Elizabeth Bleynat

The University Art Gallery proudly presents Common Threads, an exhibition of work by

the University of the South’s graduating senior art majors: Elizabeth Bleynat, Catherine

Estes, Douglas Fout, Mary Margaret Johnson, Mary Perez, and MaryBeth Yancey.

Common Threads will open April 21 at 4:30 with a reception and brief remarks. The

artists will present their work formally on April 28, beginning at 9 a.m., in Convocation


With works created in diverse media, including analog and digital photography, painting,

and traditional fabric craft, Common Threads pursues understanding of difference and

the reconciliation of conflicting ideas and spheres. Douglas Fout’s photographs explore

modern humanity’s difficult connection to an inaccessible natural world, using

contrasting motifs of timelessness and modern technology to characterize this

relationship. Repurposing inherited materials with quilting and decorative stitching,

Elizabeth Bleynat’s textile pieces explore familial changes in the wake of loss. Catherine

Estes uses playful combinations of symbolic shapes and colors in her paintings to

interpret the emotions, memories, and dreams she associates with both physical and

metaphorical places. MaryBeth Yancey’s paintings evoke the study of natural history.

Gathering and recording details, Yancey uses her paintings to understand “inputs” from

both the world and her own internal landscape. Mary Perez’s photographs and

performance-generated materials focus on the Latinx experience in the United States,

challenging stereotypical narratives surrounding immigration and exploring the diversity

of experiences in America. Mary Margaret Johnson's portraits convey intimate

relationships with people from all over the world. Using platinum palladium printing, she

explores the difficult process of being intentionally vulnerable with others in order to

reach a place of intimacy.


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