Senior Art Majors 2020


CSB/SJU 2020 senior thesis exhibition: forging a presence

The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University Art Department is pleased to present forging a presence, a display of senior art majors’ thesis work. Over the course of this school year senior art majors were working and planning their senior thesis exhibition to take place in the Alice R. Rogers and Target Galleries on the St. John’s campus. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the campus closure the exhibition has moved on-line. Students responded creatively to these changes; we invite you to view their work.


Leviathan Addams explores concepts surrounding death and destruction through cult classic format of trading cards. This is a content warning. 


Bryan Alcala's paintings portray a state of dichotomy; that of both chaos and order. The rigid brush strokes portray a sens of order and a variety of abstract techniques & colors portray a sense of chaos. 

Genesis E. Gonzalez-Perez Image

Genesis E. Gonzalez - Perez's sculptures and drawings create an awareness of depression. The works are metaphorical and depict how depression can lead to a possible suicide. 

Alex Ouradnick Image

Alex Ouradnick's letterpress prints convey the complexity of the story of Little Red Riding Hood as told by the brothers Grimm.


Nate Saunders explores the tension between the fluidity and rigidity through functional ceramic pots. It also draws inspiration from Brutalism and Mid Century Minimalist design. 

Calihan Yliniemi Image

Calihan Yliniemi's installation, Jubilance, evokes feelings of joy through the use of vivid colors. In this new normal, Yliniemi's installation invites us to find peace in solitude with oneself, reminding us all to appreciate and discover joy in everything we have around us. 

Kailee Young Image

Kailee Young's ceramic sculptures and drawings center on the concept of alcoholism as a psychological and physiological disease that leaves behind physical artifacts. She uses ceramic beer can sculptures and bodily imagery to convey accumulation associated with the disease. 

Lauren White Image

Lauren White's installation and digital images bring consciousness to the abundance of plastic waste and reveals an awareness around issues of human-made contaminants. The work evokes feelings of entrapment and confusion and the realization of the effects of the accumulation long-lasting toxic material.