The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 84, No. 27, Ed. 1, Friday, December 1, 1995 Page: 3 of 8
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So you want to culture yourself by
attending an art museum?
Well... you could always visit the .
Grace Cultural Center and
ACU's own Shore Art Gallery ... or you
could stroll' down the third floor hall-
way of the Art Department and peek
into the art studios of ACU art majors.
The studios are museums themselves
representing diverse opinions and per-
sonalities of the various students.
The Art Department can sometimes
go unnoticed at universities like ACU
where more emphasis is placed on
Biblical or business departments. While
professions in the ministry and business
fields arc undoubtedly important the
art department plays up its own signifi-
cance with hallways and classrooms
fdlcd with aitistic expressions of
thought and character.
Randy Davis senior art and history
major from Fort Worth says "This
school is not die most prestigious place
to get an art degree Iljkinda.jtficwthat;ll
when I got; here. Z j. l.7.. " ".
"But it's so cool to have a department
this small and have professors that are
' Christians whom you can call at their
houses." Davis says.
"Wc do a lot of things you can't at a
state school because sometimes art pro-
fessors there seem like celebrities and
they don't want students calling them at
home. And they'll have like a hundred
students.. in the department.. Sal likcf-
this department - I enjoy it a lot here."
Darren LeGallo senior arc major
from San Antonio agrees. He says that
friends like Davis Todd Lancaster
senior art major from Irving and
Nathan Spoor senior art major from
Snyder make the difference between
attending ACU and a larger school.
"Randy and Nathan and Todd and I
' ...we're gonna be friends for life. We
know each other and what each other
likes as far as art. That's the part of the
department I like: Its small and you
know everybody. Its different at a
state school" LeGallo says.
Making progress in the
field of art is no easy
feat considering how
much time it can take
to complete and perfect a work of
creativity Davis said he usually
spends about three hours a day
working in his studio.
LeGallo says "Your senior year is
the year you really get into your
major. Last year we started getting
into jt but now this isfcur life. I haye
a 3-hour studio class on Tuesday and
Thursday and Uien in the evening
I'll come up here and spend 2 or 3
hours working. It's so time-consuming
and it's tough. It really does
demand a lot of time."
Because art majors spend so much
time on their work their studios
and homes are decorated with vari-
ous pieces. Of their numerous
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(right) Darren LeGallo. senior
art major from San Antonio
concentales on ( his artwork."
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(far right) Todd .Lancaster senior
art major from Irving paints in
his' studio Thursday.
works some are closer to their hearts
LeGallo says of a painting hanging in
his room at his house "It's die biggest
painting I've ever done. It's real simple"
and loose I never got real detailed on it.
And at the top it has in Greek 'faith.'
Basically I started that painting when I
found out about a friend who was sick
"I had already started the. idea but
then I found out about him and I put so
much more into it. All of the paintings
I do have some kind of meaning behind
them but that one's special. That one
means a lot to me."
Lancaster has created a number
of works concerning the plight
of the native Indians when for-
eigners began discovering
"My favorite piece is an Indian with
an upside down American flag in the
background" Lancaster says. The paint-
ing symbolizes the pain caused by the
conflict between eatly American 'setders
arid Native Americans.
Putting expression into his artwork
has brought questions to Davis' mind.
He says he asks himself how being an
artist and a Christian ties together.
"How does being an artist serve God?
Because really ... it can be the most self-
serving thing in the world. I mean you
can lock yourself up and paint for the
rest .of your life and nor benefit any-
body It won't benefit God any. You
have to be careful with gifts like that;
they can just exist just for your pleasure.
That's something 1 want to do someday
somehow benefit God. Doing t-shirts
and church bulletins stuff like that's
neat but how can being an artist really
help the kingdom out? Can you interest
people in God by being an artist?
"That's a faith thing. I mean I feel
called to be an artist and I think God
thinks 'I don't have enough artists I
don't have enough musicians in my
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stay away from those fields because
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ways and not conflict."
Dr. Brent Green chairman of the art
department has advice for students
graduating with an art degree from a
"A university is a place of discovery
One discovers one's self and what
they're interested in" Green says.
"As long as they've achieved being a
member of a strong family and being
pan of an exciting challenging field
that's all that matters as a far as I m con-
cerned. Like it says in Ecclesiastes find
joy in your work. Whatever you do do
it with all your might Green said.
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Considering the opportunities
jostudcrits haVc afready
had to exhibit their work a
door has already opened for
them to demonstrate their thoughts
about social and moral issues
through the world of artistry.
LeGallo and Lancaster all have art-
work displayed at the new coffee-
house Mezamiz. Their friend Spoor
has painted a mural for'the children's
museum I" the Grace 'Cultural
Davis has exhibited artwork as far
away a Washington D.C
"One of my cousins commis-
sioned me about three years ago to
do some paintings for him. He dis-
plays them not in the Smithsonian
but in his office which is in the
Smithsonian" Davis said.
As far as future plans are con-
cerned those are as varied as the
LeGallo says he is ambitious ''about
his job for next summer
"This past summer I called Disney -1
wanted to do feature animation - arid I
got the answering machine. I left a mes-
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chine and di'ought 'There's no way in
the world'they'rc" gonna call me back.'
And they called me back that day.
cGallo told the woman he
spoke with that he was interest-
cd and she sent him inrorma-
tion in the mail about "what
they wanted to see in his portfojio.
At tnc the end or the. summer 1
called them again and they sent me this
thing for an internship" he says.
"I'm gonna try to do that this sum-
mer. Only 20 students get it so it's pret-
ty tough to get" LeGallo says. -
LeGallo says last month he talked with
Nelson Coates a graduate of the De-
partment of Journalism and Mass Com-
mumcation and movie production
mumcation ana movie prouueuon
designer in Hollywood about dnemat-
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UI would love' to do special effects.'
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what I'd love to do. Whenever I hear
about that stuff like making special j
effects and making creatures for movies.j
I just get excited" LeGallo says.
Lancaster says he is interested
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"Everyone needs something drawn.? I
In order to be an illustrator'" he says. A l
You have to be good in graphic
design and you have to get publisher i
pieces" he says. '
Davis says Careerwise...Idhketog6
to a bigger school and do graduate work
and eventually get a Ph.D. in an histQrr ;
Green says in the 60s and 70s lot of
an students went on to graduate schools
to become university and college profes
"Some still do but a much largcrper-
centageare now in graphic design.
"If they're going into die professional
world art students need pariencc not
just in waiting but in plugging along
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