• Sophie Gilliam, You Saw Nothing, Oil on canvas, 2016, 84” H x 65” W
    Sophie Gilliam, You Saw Nothing, Oil on canvas, 2016, 84” H x 65” W
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Art and Art History Department at Southwestern University proudly presents three senior art exhibitions for degrees by Anne Brown (BA), Avery Elkins (BA), and Sophie Gilliam (BFA).

Through drawn portraiture, Anne Brown’s exhibit Combed Through explores and challenges societal perceptions of hair in relation to identity. In her work, conformity is questioned and diversity is celebrated by using different mediums to express each person’s personality and identity.   


In his art exhibit Prescription Presence, Avery Elkins uses thousands of pills to create striking two- and three-dimensional works that recontextualize the viewer’s relationship with the saturated presence of the North American pharmaceutical industry.


Visually stimulating color palettes and delicately handled paint evoke emotional vulnerability in Sophie Gilliam’s painting exhibit, Emotion In Chroma.  Her large oil self-portraits comment on insecurity and the effects of societal pressures on women’s bodies, while her watercolors bring out the intimate emotional depth of the individual.


The reception is on Thursday, March 23 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Southwestern University is a selective, nationally recognized undergraduate liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1,300 students. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in Texas. For more information on Southwestern, visit www.southwestern.edu