Virginia Sykes, a resident of Alpharetta, was among the 98 candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art & Design at Alfred University who simultaneously opened Senior Shows on May 5 at the school in Alfred, N.Y.
Sykes is the daughter of Kinsley and Kirsten Sykes of Alpharetta. She is a graduate of Miss Porter's School.
Work will be exhibited in locations including Harder Hall, Binns-Merrill Hall, and the new state-of-the-art gallery space called the Robert C. Turner the in Harder Hall, adjacent to the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. Maps showing the location of the exhibitions will be available in Harder Hall.
Work will remain on display through Thursday May 10, with the Turner Gallery and Harder Hall lobby areas remaining open through Commencement on Saturday, May 12.
The AU Senior Shows, which are a requirement for graduation from Alfred University's acclaimed School of Art & Design, have become a major attraction for art lovers, who are drawn to Alfred for the opportunity to see work by some of the country's most promising young artists.
Visitors know the students they see exhibiting at the Alfred shows will be among the best-known artists in their fields, whether it is ceramics, glass, electronic arts, graphic design, painting, drawing, print-making, photography, video and sonic arts, photography or sculpture.
Students vie with each other, not just in terms of how well their work is presented, but also in terms of food, flowers and music for the receptions, turning the event into a gala.