The biannual School of Visual Arts and Design exhibition, Eclipse(d), is back, showcasing the works of 10 undergraduate students in the UCF Art Gallery from Nov. 16 to Dec. 8. 

A crowd flooded into the exhibition on opening night to see collections of work from Gabe Cortese, Lauren Heyen, John Link, Samantha McCoy, Rhiannon Grey Neal, Joanne Pham, Christopher Rivera, Kaitlin Self, Charles R. Stewart IV and Rachel Warren.

Students focusing in book arts, ceramics, drawing, experimental animation, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture were given the opportunity to showcase their work.

In bold colors was a collection from Samantha McCoy, who depicted bugs in various situations of life. McCoy strived to use her art to allow people to “sympathize with the bugs,” she said.

She said she wanted to humanize the bugs through their relatable actions. McCoy is a senior majoring in fine arts and worked on the collection for the last year after it was inspired by a pun between her and her best friend.

“I was sick of my work being sweet. I painted a rose one day and decided to add two bugs doing it in the corner. From there it snowballed into research, into interest, into the biology of it all,” McCoy said.

Sculpture artist Charles Stewart said he was inspired by mental stability to form his collection.

“I use whatever medium I can find that will best explain what I’m trying to say,” Stewart said.

Eclipse(d) was Stewart’s first gallery show and he said he feels that having his art on display has allowed him to “see a glimpse into the real world.”

Stewart said once he graduates he hopes to work in a fabrication studio.  

The Eclipse(d) showcase is free for all UCF students with a valid UCF ID and will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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