Are you a discoverer, a wanderer, a dreamer? If so, you live with the spirit of Zhenya. He is an inspiration to many, for through his youthful explorations in the Russian wilderness, he came upon what would become the largest mammoth discovery in over 100 years. Initially named in Zhenya’s honor by the common people, the local elite have stolen the recognition from this 11 year old boy and renamed the mammoth carcass in their own commercial interests.

This group of artist-explorers is channeling Zhenya to create work that represents their own explorations in their studios. Through diverse media, these 8 graduating BFA students are putting their foot down and proclaiming, “No one will EVER stamp out the spirit of discovery in all of us.”

This year’s IU Southeast Senior BFA Fall exhibition is an exciting compilation of media and styles.  Eight artists from five disciplines will display their work, ranging from illusionistic to purely abstract forms. Work includes traditional media such as oils, graphite, monotype, ceramics, and also branches into installation, shadow boxes and vegetable papyrus. The collection will be housed in one of New Albany’s oldest structures, recently purchased for restoration. This diverse repertoire of work promises a night of wonder and excitement that guarantees to fill the hole in Zhenya’s heart.

Exhibiting Artists:  Philip Carlton, Wende Cudmore, Jeremy Dattilo, Miri Fetko, Dani Maudlin, Rebeka Trapp, Kayla Troutman, Amie Villiger

The ZHENYA exhibition will be held on December 8, 2012 at 234 Pearl Street, New Albany, Indiana (on the corner of Pearl and Market Street). This show is a ONE NIGHT EVENT open from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Refreshments will be available.