The Center for Art & Design at The College of Saint Rose typically holds a senior show at the on-campus Esther Massry Gallery to showcase the capstone projects of its seniors. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing Saint Rose to end the spring semester with remote course delivery, the work of 19 seniors in its BFA in Graphic Design and BFA in Studio Art degree programs was celebrated with a new website.
The last semester of seniors’ coursework is dedicated to capstone and thesis projects that demonstrate they have met the expectations of the center’s mission and are prepared to navigate competitive professional environments and become leaders in their fields and communities.
“These artists and designers could never have imagined that they would need to pivot so quickly and complete their capstone projects outside of their studios due to the College’s temporary closure in response to COVID-19,” said Kristine Tolmie, associate professor of art and chair of The Center for Art & Design. “Although this website will never replace their Senior Exhibition, it is a testament to their resilience, grit, and perseverance – a celebration of new beginnings in a world ready for creative spirit and inspiration.”
The virtual experience won’t be the only way to view the students’ work, Tolmie said. The College has postponed its 2020 commencement ceremony until September, and the center’s plan is to follow suit. It will honor the Class of 2020’s work in the Esther Massry Gallery, as is tradition at Saint Rose, when it is safe to do so.
The 2020 graduates whose work is on display on the website are:
Elaina Rose Brown
The public can see all of the work created by The Center for Art & Design’s students during their remote learning experience this spring term on Instagram at #StroseCADRemote.