Senior art majors to present exhibit of college works

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University seniors Amanda Dyson and Lissabeth Rusten Anglin will present a joint exhibit of their work in the next gallery show at Wayland’s Abraham Art Gallery, beginning March 31 and running through April 21.

Dyson, a senior art and English double major from Pampa, has titled her exhibit “Interrogation: Questioning the Everyday.”

“I want to make people think about things in a different way, to look past the surface and go a little bit deeper,” said Dyson, who describes her artistic style as focused. “My favorite part of being an artist is getting the opportunity to challenge typical perspectives. My goal in developing an art piece is to layer ideas so as to render a closer look at the everyday while exploring the relationship between the individual and creation.”

With a mother who is a hobby painter, Dyson said she has grown up around art, but wasn’t sure that road was for her. Taking her first art class in high school, she felt no real connection and considered music a possible career path. During her freshman year at Wayland, a painting class with art professor Dr. Candace Keller changed her mind.

Following graduation in April, she plans to pursue graduate degree in arts administration and has applied for admission to University College Dublin in Ireland. Her future plans include managing or owning an art gallery. She has served as a Fine Arts Ambassador at Wayland and has been involved in Student Government.

The daughter of Ronnie and Brenda Dyson of Pampa, Amanda works primarily in acrylic paint but enjoys drawing, printmaking, design, photography and mixed media projects as well. Her exhibit showcases work from her three years at Wayland.

A native of Borger, Lissabeth Rusten Anglin graduated from Wayland in December 2005 with a degree in art. She was a cheerleader for several years and served on Student Union Board as well.

Titled “Myth and Matter,” Rusten’s exhibit features a variety of works done during her college career, spanning the realm of mediums. An active artist her entire life, Anglin said it was not until her time at Wayland that she began to see styles and motifs arise in her work.

“In every piece of artwork there is an articulated attention to detail,” she said. “Repetition of shape and color are a normal occurrence for me, and many of my drawings feature rough texture and dark tones.”

Those elements have carried over into her current field of photography, and Anglin works in Lubbock as assistant to Mark Umstot, a professional fashion and portrait photographer.

“I enjoy the collaboration between photographer and subject and creating something entirely unique as a result of that relationship,” Anglin said. Through this relationship, she is able to create impacting compositions in which detail and point of focus are a high priority. Most of all, she is concerned with conveying images that are completely different.

“Everything I have and ever will produce will unabashedly be some percentage truth and some percentage fancy. I can't decide which I like better,” she said.

The daughter of Johnny and Brenda Rusten of Borger, Lissabeth is married to Shawn Anglin, also a Wayland graduate.

Keller is excited about the exhibit and the caliber of work from the two.

“The senior practicum in visual art represents the first solo professional exhibit for our art majors,” Keller said. “Lissabeth Rusten Anglin and Amanda Dyson are both excellent students and talented artists, and their collaboration in this exhibit promises to be inspired. Both of these artists have developed a deeply personal and thoughtful approach to the creative process.”

A reception for Anglin and Dyson will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in the atrium of the Mabee Learning Resources Center, to mark the opening of the show. The public is welcome.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 2-5 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 291-3710.