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The "Cedar Crest College Woman" Through the Eyes of Art Student Gabrielle Buzgo (Part 3)

This is the final in a series of articles on an art exhibition curated by senior integrated art major Gabrielle Buzgo, titled, Where the Women Are: Defining the Cedar Crest College Woman. This installment focuses on the gallery opening on November 10 in Alumnae Hall. The art will be displayed for public viewing through Nov. 17.


When the big day of the show opening finally arrived, Gabrielle Buzgo felt equal parts joy and relief.

"It's surreal. I woke up this morning and I felt like I knew that 20 years from now, I'd be looking back at this day (fondly)," she said. "I'm still in shock, but I'm happy that the hard work is over. I expected to get, tops, five artists to participate and we got 13. The opening had a great turnout. It went well."

While Buzgo acknowledged that there was more paperwork to do than she originally thought, and more surprises in the way of missed deadlines and other issues than she anticipated, she was pleased with how students responded collectively to the challenge of defining the Cedar Crest College woman.

She told the artists who participated in the opening reception, of which there was a majority present: "As a team effort, I think you came up with a pretty good definition, and I'm happy with it. I hope you challenged yourselves and did something new."

Art Department Head Jill Odegaard said she was also pleased with the exhibition.

"One of the strengths of the show is the diversity of mediums and diversity of interpretation of the theme: "where the women are," she said. "Gabrielle presented the artists with a challenge, and this body of work really does speak to their individuality. There are pieces ranging from abstract to highly representational.

Cedar Crest 2010 Alumna Molly McPherson's project, a basic human form consisting of wires covered by vinyl fabric, had messages on it that spoke to the power of the women's college. It included a "piece of paper" made from cotton with the message: "The boys aren't here, and that's okay."

"Cedar Crest is a small women's college and we need to make sure our message is one we really feel strongly about," said McPherson.

To hear students speak about their projects and what being a Cedar Crest College woman means to them, watch the video.

For prior articles on this art exhibition, click below:

The 'Cedar Crest College Woman' Through the Eyes of Art Student Gabrielle Buzgo (Part 1)

The 'Cedar Crest College Woman' Through the Eyes of Art Student Gabrielle Buzgo (Part 2)