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Student's artwork displayed at Cherry Creek

June 8, 2010
By Kayla Green

Junior Julia Williams explains her interest in art following a recent exhibit in which one of her pieces was put on display at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

Student’s artwork displayed at Cherry Creek

Junior art major Julia Williams didn't expect to have her art displayed in front of hundreds at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center's Grand Court, but that's exactly what happened May 22- June 6 when CSU's undergraduate art program received its own temporary display in the mall.

"It feels great to have my art on public display. It's hard to get your name out there, and having a piece displayed somewhere like a mall is really helpful for your reputation and resume. It's also great that people can see what I do and what kinds of ideas I can create," said Williams.

There were more than 40 pieces from undergraduate students on exhibit ranging from drawings to metalsmithing to pottery. This was the first time CSU had an exhibit at the shopping center.

Challenging stereotypes

Williams, who's currently concentrating in graphic design, was asked to create an image that would complement an article written in Atlantic Magazine.

"The article focused on how sushi has become a luxury item in America, whereas in Japan, it has always been a traditional, familiar food. I decided to focus on the 'unnecessary luxury' view of sushi in America by using the stereotype of the relaxing spa treatment - but instead of cucumbers over the eyes, the woman has sushi over her eyes. I thought it would be a humorous way of getting a serious point across," explained Williams.

The article, "American Sushi," challenges the American concept of sushi and how it has become an undermined delicacy rather than a mutual conversation between the customer and chef while enjoying a traditionally healthy Japanese meal.

Art, as an expression

For Williams, art has always been a way to express herself. It allows her the opportunity to show her creativity and ideas through visual representations that, she hopes, sparks interest and thought.

"I enjoy art because it is where I feel the most free. Expressing myself is so easy when I am able to create. I have always loved art, and the great feeling I get from creating it has been a part of my life from the beginning."

In addition to showing her creativity visually, Williams also enjoys playing the French horn. She is currently minoring in music.

Undergraduate Art program

The Art Department at CSU focuses on allowing students the ability to express their creativity as well as learn to discuss art in both a critical and respectful manner. The department offers a variety of concentrations in both their bachelor's and master's degrees.