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Senior art majors showcase photography, ceramics, mixed media and more at the spring exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.Senior art majors showcase photography, ceramics, mixed media and more at the spring exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Senior art students featured at Hallie Ford Museum of Art exhibition this spring

Paintings, ceramics, photography and mixed media are some of the varied art forms featured at the student exhibition April 14–May 13 at Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

The exhibit — an annual spring event — features the works of 13 Willamette seniors, who are all art majors. By viewing the exhibit, Museum Director John Olbrantz says people will gain a deeper appreciation for the talent found among university students and the diversity of art instruction available at Willamette.

“Visitors will have an opportunity to see the work of 13 art students who will soon graduate from Willamette and embark on their professional careers,” he says.

This year’s senior art students are Amanda Applebaum of Houston; Bonnie Balogh of Salem, Ore.; Stephanie Crook of Beaverton, Ore.; Emily Doughten of Aurora, Ohio; Janelle Higashida of Kaneohe, Hawaii; Sam Kuniholm of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Nick Lawson of El Cerrito, Calif.; Sarah McCarthy of Davis, Calif.; Maya McFaddin of McMinnville, Ore.; Matthew Parker and Laurel Priest, both of Portland, Ore.; Katherine Preucil of Ketchum, Idaho; and Matthew Soma of Denver.

Grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission are helping to support the exhibition.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 get in free, and Tuesday is a free day.

For more information, call 503-370-6855.

Bearcat Robotics set to compete in Arizona

Bearcat Robotics remains hard at work on a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) able to maneuver and complete myriad tasks underwater. The group, headed by Nilo Thomas '13, hopes to make waves in the National Underwater Robotics Challenge from June 8-10.

"These aren't battle bot competitions where we destroy things," says Thomas, "but rather competitions that require a robot that can complete certain missions and a team that can explain and educate about the robot's design, components and the collaboration needed to finish a product." Teams learn about underwater forces, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy and much more through their involvement in the competition, and Bearcat Robotics has already shared what they've learned, mentoring and tutoring younger students in math and science.

The group could use some support, too, especially for getting to Arizona. Airfare isn't cheap, and they're still getting the operation off the ground. Anyone interested in contributing can respond to alumni@willamette.edu.