Students of SIU’s Interdisciplinary Media Program will host an exhibit this weekend

Among the exhibits in an interdisciplinary fall semester Masters of Fine Arts media course, on display on Fridays and Saturdays, December 4 and 5, is this piece by graduate student Andrew Beyke. (Photo provided)

01 December 2021

Students of SIU’s Interdisciplinary Media Program will host an exhibit this weekend

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Five students from Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s interdisciplinary Master of Media Arts program in the School of Media Arts will present their work later this week.

The exhibition and “ECO” release will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5 in the Northlight studio in the communications building, room 1251. The exhibition will be open from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday and from 11 am at 5 p.m. on Sunday. A gallery opening reception is at 6 p.m. Saturday. The SIU is committed to protecting the community, so everyone who attends this event should wear masks and follow current campus and state safety protocols in the event of a pandemic.

The exhibit includes works by Cody Tracy and Andrew Beyke, who will graduate in May 2022. The other three students, Nathaniel Ogden, An S. and Leah Sutton are freshmen at MFA.

The students, their interests and their work are:

  • Andrew Beyke, specializes in sound art installations and composition, “Duet”.
  • An S., game and website developer, “virus-game”.
  • Nathaniel Odgen, screenwriter, film theorist and film journalist, “Grief”
  • Cody Tracy, works with poetry, film installations, performances and prints, “A Place Where We Can Live”.
  • Leah Sutton, specializes in documentary and editorial photography and plans to continue working in botanical photography and printmaking, “Discovering How to Cope”.

A main theme of the variety of works is mourning in its various forms and styles, according to Tracy in the program’s introduction. He also notes the collaborative effort within the class.

“From screenwriters to photographers, sound artists, installationists, video game makers, etc., there is a collection of artists working as a system for each other,” he wrote. .

Beyke notes, as part of each student’s semester reflections, the importance of the “unique perspective and creative touch” that each student has in shaping the exhibit.

“The group of MFA students who have grown together professionally and creatively throughout this course have been invaluable in starting my MFA program at SIU,” said Sutton. “They have never failed to help me see another side of my work and each other’s creative processes. “

Heather M. O’Brien, an assistant film professor who teaches the class, said each of the students spent a semester “building, growing, thinking and nurturing their practices in the community”.

“The willingness of these five artists to truly open up to each other… will be the basis on which these works will transform and develop,” she said.

The School of Media Arts is part of the College of Arts and Media.

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