artwork by Karina ScottThis work by Karina Scott will be displayed in the SoCA Gallery this week as part of an exhibition graduating students of visual arts.

Friday reception to celebrate exhibition of works by graduating art students

“Onwards & Outwards,” an exhibition showcasing the artwork of graduating visual arts BFA students Sandra Jabbour, Bianca Daher, Emma McGee, Erica Judith, Karina Scott, Kyle Jones, and Alexandria Pedri will grace the walls of the SoCA Gallery in the Armouries through April 8.

A public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7 will offer a chance to view the works and meet the artists in the SoCA Gallery at the Armouries, located at 37 University Ave. East.

The exhibition is the culmination of a semester of independent studio work under the guidance of SoCA professors Rod Strickland and Jose Seoane Hernandez. Each artist chose an idea or concept and was given the opportunity to develop it since January. Other works from the students’ academic portfolios are displayed alongside these pieces.

“We chose the name ‘Onwards & Outwards’ because although it’s our last show, it’s just the beginning in terms of our artistic careers,” says Daher. “We strive to continue onwards and work outwards.”

The students have spent months exploring unique techniques and concepts. Their goal is to present artwork in a way that captivates viewers and speaks to them on a deeper level.

The students’ collective artist statement states in part: “This exhibition is an opportunity to show off our creative talents and share our pieces with our peers, mentors, and the public. It is an experience that will stay with us forever, and we hope you can join us in celebrating our achievements.”

The students have created an exhibition website that includes each student’s bio and images of some of their work: view it here.

The SoCA Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact Victor Romão, gallery and building co-ordinator, at View the gallery’s spring exhibition schedule.

If you miss this week’s exhibition, “Onward & Outwards” will be on display at Art Windsor Essex, 401 Riverside Dr. West, from April 11 to June 12. The students’ work will be the feature at AWE at Night on Thursday, April 20.

—Susan McKee