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Assuming Identity shows seniors’ perspectives through unified art

The Photography and Digital Media program hosted the opening reception for its first collective senior thesis exhibition: “PDM 16: Assuming Identify,” on Saturday evening at Rudolph Blume Fine Art Artscan Gallery.

The 17 seniors used photography as a way of capturing a sense of identity. The gallery will be on display through April 23.

“Every graduating class in the PDM program has a thesis show displaying what they’ve been working on for the last year and a half,” said photography and digital media senior and marketing coordinator Stephanie Williams. “We’ve shown other exhibits before, but this is our first time showing as a class.”

At the event, the students’ artwork was displayed throughout the multi-room gallery. The students stood in front of their artwork and explained to people passing by what their pieces were about.

According to an “Assuming Identity” curatorial excerpt statement, the students “use photography to uncover the manifold relationships between artist, subject and viewer, forming a dialogue between individuality and social constructions.”

Owner and director of Capsule Gallery Sarah Sudhoff and assistant curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Allison Pappas curated the exhibition.

“The gallery and our show are also a part of Fotofest’s Participating Spaces,” Williams said. “This provides an opportunity for people from all over the world to stop by and see our work.”

Get to know some of the artists and attendees in the gallery above. 

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