A national, juried, student art exhibition at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. accepted only 30 entries for the show “Reminisce: An Exhibition of Nostalgic Narratives.” Five of them were by metalsmithing students from Grand Valley’s Department of Art & Design: Collyn DeBano, Ashley Potgeter and Lindsay Fisher, who received the “Best of Show” award.
Fisher, a sophomore from Big Rapids, had two pieces accepted. Her works, titled “Ode to My First Love,” included a working viewfinder she created out of copper, lenses and paper, and also a broach made of frog bones and lenses. She created them around two ideas that had impacted her life more than anything: love and violence.
Fisher created her pieces to get people to question the world around them. “I want to ask the viewer how love and violence relate as emotional reactions,” said Fisher. “It is one of the most fulfilling feelings when you can share that knowledge, and hopefully make a difference.”
Fisher gives kudos to the opportunities provided students in Art and Design. “Grand Valley has a rigorous foundations program that helps set up students to build integrity. We learn to work long, hard hours and be proud of what we produce,” Fisher said. “Even after you get into the higher level classes, the intensity that the faculty members have doesn’t change; you have to work hard to learn and grow.”
Beverly Seley, professor of metalsmithing and a mentor, said Fisher is an exceptional student. “Lindsay is the ideal student. She is bright, creative, curious and industrious,” said Seley. “The piece that won ‘Best of Show’ was from a beginning metals class and one of the first she made, but I was not surprised the work ended up at the top.”
Following graduation, Fisher hopes go on to graduate school and to teach. “I want to spread knowledge and stress the importance of creative thought,” she said. “Knowledge is a life-long journey.”