Wayland Trio Featured in Student Art Show

April 11, 2018

Artists sitting on a bench in the art gallery.
Wayland Baptist University seniors Victoria Pollard, left, and Jessica Stohlmann will display their art at the annual Senior Art Show in the Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland. The show will run from April 20 to May 4. Not pictured is Nina Wyre whose art will also be featured.

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University students Jessica Stohlmann, Nina Wyre and Victoria Pollard will put their artwork on display at the annual senior art show that will run April 20 – May 4 in the Malouf Abraham Family Art Gallery.

A reception for the artists will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in the atrium of the university library. The artists will be on hand to talk about their artwork and inspiration. The reception is open to the public.

Stohlmann, a senior from San Antonio, developed a love for graphic design while in high school. She came to Wayland on a volleyball scholarship, playing two years for the Pioneers before deciding to focus primarily on her academic career. Stohlmann is graduating after three years with a degree in graphic design. She will start as a full-time member of the university marketing team in May.

Stohlmann’s show, “Dreamscapes,” is a multimedia display combining graphic design, drawing and photography techniques to create surreal images.

“Having a hyperactive imagination can sometimes be a problem – but not for me,” Stohlmann said. “I love taking regular objects and placing them in scenes that nobody else would expect. Essentially, I like creating my own little world where anything is possible.”

Wyre, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in two-dimensional studio art, was born in Jacksonville, Fla., to a military family. As a child she lived in various locations, including Atsugi, Japan, Virginia Beach, Va., and Katy, Texas. Diverse cultures and world travel at a young age helped develop her artistic expression. Upon graduation she hopes to pursue at Master of Fine Arts in studio art.

Nina’s show, “The Aurora Hour,” is a collection of work she developed during her participation in the honors program at Wayland. The works are meant to illustrate the connection between Christian faith and art, and how expression can influence the spreading of the gospel.

Pollard is a 2011 graduate of Farwell High School and will complete her bachelor’s degree in fine arts this semester. She is currently focusing on painting and graphic design. Her art show will consist of paintings with an aquatic theme. Her show, “What Lies Beneath the Surface,” ties into her interest in sea life. Her show features watercolors, acrylics and sculpture that she hopes will bring a sense of serenity to those who view it.

The Abraham Art Gallery is open Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Saturday 2-5 p.m.