Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students submitted their original art works for display at the Moss Arts Center this fall. Curated by the Moss Arts Center Student Ambassadors, this exhibition is an extension of the virtual Student Arts Spotlight presented online this summer.

This exhibition is a celebration of creativity and diversity of perspective and inspiration across our student body.

Selected works are on view in the Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery and the Sherwood Payne Quillen '71 Reception Gallery through Wednesday, November 18, and featured on Moss Arts Center social media channels.


 Four faceless figures of Middle Eastern women in various pieces of clothing, like a burka, a hijab, and a blazer

The Wife. The Love. The Whore: Love in the Middle East
Alaa Abdalla
Engineering Education
Graduate Student


I have created the drawing through collaging different figures (one of them is actually me) to re-tell a story that I had to go through before moving here.


 A photograph of a spiderweb with trees and grass in the background

Spider Home at Home
Kamla Al Amri
Instructional Design and Technology/School of Education
Doctoral Candidate


 A photo of an oil on canvas painting of a turquoise background with a brown head-shaped figure with several eye-like figures on it

Invasion of the Mind
Carlos Luiz Amaral
Civil Engineering
Senior


 A digital drawing of strawberry leaves with Hokie Stone visible in the background

Strawberry Leaves
Mary Arevalo
Industrial Design
Sophomore


 A digital drawing of the artist as four blue figures in various positions in their room, at their desk, working on a laptop in their bed, seated cross legged on the floor, and laying face down on the floor

A Mind in Self-Isolation
Alex Austin
Creative Technologies; Cinema minor
Junior


A Mind in Self-Isolation was a representation of my mental state during the start of this pandemic. I took different activities I do in my room and transferred them to a mental landscape to show how I was doing, and, as shown, it was not that great.


 A photo of an oil on canvas painting of a brunette woman with her mouth open wide and an arrow going through it sideways

Shut Up
Olivia Baker
Studio Art
Senior


 A photo of a watercolor painting of heart-shaped glasses and a nose ring against a pink background

The Benito Collection: Mas de Una Cita
Irene Barton
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Senior


This piece is part of my ongoing (and first!) collection called The Benito Collection. All the pieces in this collection are inspired by the Puerto Rican musical artist Bad Bunny (real name Benito). He's always been one of my favorite musicians, and I love his fashion style. He is known for wearing unique sunglasses, which I focused on for this collection. Bad Bunny released two albums at the beginning of 2020, and I consistently had them on repeat. To create each piece, I paired his song titles (the title of each of my artworks as well) with his looks. The collection consists of six pieces, four which are already completed.

This piece is called Mas de Una Cita (More Than a Date). The song is in Bad Bunny's album called LAS QUE NO IBAN A SALIR (Not Meant to Be Published). The first verse is about a girl who had a bad breakup, took a break from social media, and once she healed came back stronger. It's one of my favorite verses of the entire album and I felt it went perfectly with Bad Bunny's heart-shaped sunglasses. I believe that sometimes social media can be toxic and breaks are necessary to stay sane. Also, I believe that loving yourself plays a huge role in self-growth and that social media plays a huge role in self-esteem, which is necessary for self-love. Therefore, the girl Bad Bunny talks about in the first verse somehow learned to love herself by staying away from social media's opinions and expectations of her. Based on this, I felt inspired to draw and paint the heart-shaped sunglasses.


 A photo of a watercolor painting of triangle-shaped glasses and a baseball cap against a light blue background

The Benito Collection: Yo Perreo Sola
Irene Barton
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Senior


This piece is part of my ongoing (and first!) collection called The Benito Collection. All the pieces in this collection are inspired by the Puerto Rican musical artist Bad Bunny (real name Benito). He's always been one of my favorite musicians, and I love his fashion style. He is known for wearing unique sunglasses, which I focused on for this collection. Bad Bunny released two albums at the beginning of 2020, and I consistently had them on repeat. To create each piece, I paired his song titles (the title of each of my artworks as well) with his looks. The collection consists of six pieces, four which are already completed.

This piece is inspired by his hit Yo Perreo Sola (I Grind Alone). This song talks about a girl who was into a guy who didn't like her back and now tables have [turned]. Now she is partying and wants to have fun with her friends. She doesn't want any guy, and she is making the best out of her single life. I imagine this girl like a baddass—referencing the Supreme cap. I imagine her wearing all-black outfits and looking stunning. Hence, the black sunglasses.


 A photo of a watercolor painting of thin yellow-framed sunglasses and one small hoop earring against a tan-orange blackground

The Benito Collection: Bad Con Nicky
Irene Barton
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Senior


This piece is part of my ongoing (and first!) collection called The Benito Collection. All the pieces in this collection are inspired by the Puerto Rican musical artist Bad Bunny (real name Benito). He's always been one of my favorite musicians, and I love his fashion style. He is known for wearing unique sunglasses, which I focused on for this collection. Bad Bunny released two albums at the beginning of 2020, and I consistently had them on repeat. To create each piece, I paired his song titles (the title of each of my artworks as well) with his looks. The collection consists of six pieces, four which are already completed.

This piece is called Bad Con Nicky (Bad with Nicky), it's inspired by Bad Bunny's song with the same title. This song is in collaboration with Nicky Jam, another successful reggaeton artist. There's a fast line on the song that says "Ello' viven criticando, yo vivo en un VIP (They live critizing, I live in a VIP)." I felt that Bad Bunny's GQ photoshoot look fits perfectly, the narrowness and bright yellow color of the sunglasses are a daring look. I imagine him using these sunglasses, and riding a fast car while singing that line of the song.


 A photo of a watercolor painting of oval purple-rimmed sunglasses and one earring with a cross against a light yellow background

The Benito Collection: Solia
Irene Barton
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Senior


This piece is part of my ongoing (and first!) collection called The Benito Collection. All the pieces in this collection are inspired by the Puerto Rican musical artist Bad Bunny (real name Benito). He's always been one of my favorite musicians, and I love his fashion style. He is known for wearing unique sunglasses, which I focused on for this collection. Bad Bunny released two albums at the beginning of 2020, and I consistently had them on repeat. To create each piece, I paired his song titles (the title of each of my artworks as well) with his looks. The collection consists of six pieces, four which are already completed.

This piece is inspired by the song Solia (Alone) on Bad Bunny's 2020 album YHLQMDLG. I loved the second verse "Hoy quiere bailar la noche entera. Esta casi soltera. No le presente a nadie eso le da flojera. Total al final de la noche ella tiene lo que quiera. (She wants to dance all night. She's almost single. Don't introduce her to anyone, that bores her. At the end, she gets to have who she wants.)" I feel that these lines are very empowering. Most of the times I go out with my friends its just to have fun and enjoy the night after a long week. I'm not a fan of people who associate going out with making out, I feel it's not necessary to enjoy your night! I chose the lilac sunglasses to symbolize femininity and the reflection on the glass was meant to make a statement.


 A photo of a work made of oil pastels on canvas of two hands, one wrapped around the wrist by blue figures

Entwined
Shuchismita Biswas
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Doctoral Candidate


 A photo of a white horse jumping an obstacle during a horse show, both of it's front horseshoes visible and the rider's right black boot in the stirrup

Shoes
Peyton Bodziak
Marketing Management/Finance
Sophomore


[Shoes was] taken in 2016 at BEST Horse Show in Maryland.


 A photo of an acrylic painting of a white bird with it's beak open and one of the rings of a plastic six-pack holder wrapped around its neck, against a chaotic red, yellow, orange, and blue background

Six Pack
Aidan Brown
Architecture
Junior


This piece critiques how human ideals of beauty can suffocate other beings.


 A pen and ink drawing of a bird with lots of feathers, each with a different pattern on it

Medley
Amrita Chakraborty
Electrical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate


 An image of a collage of bats and moths and other patterns with rich jewel tones

28-Sep
Kaleigh Crowgey
Communication Science and Social Inquiry
Junior


 A photo of a pen and ink drawing of a cloud-like shape with many layered lines

I want to do more
Kaleigh Crowgey
Communication Science and Social Inquiry
Junior


 A photograph of a shirtless man with purple hair sitting in a desk chair in a hotel room in the foreground, looking back at his partner, who is ironing his purple shirt in the far corner

Patrick and JB in Nashville
Riley DeHority
Biosystems Engineering
Graduate Student


My friends, Patrick Haggerty and JB Broughton (married 15 years), get ready for a show in Nashville on June 23, 2018. Earlier that afternoon I had dyed Patrick's hair purple to match his band's name, Lavender Country. It was nice to see an old queer couple bicker and do sweet domestic things for each other; the day before, Patrick had made us a banana cream pie from scratch.


 An oil painting of a long wooden staircase covered in part by black, grey, and white hexagons and bordered on one side with multicolored vertical lines, on the other by a black background with a few equidistantly-spaced white tiles with some grey clouds towards the top

Invasive
Rosie Dixon
Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Graduate Student


 An abstract painting of a tree with white drips, a blue background with red dots, clouds, and a flame-like figure

Sun flowers
Rosie Dixon
Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Graduate Student


 A photograph of the inside of an abandoned building with a view of a heavily graffitied wall and the view from outside the window at the driveway leading to the building and lots of greenery

Escapism
Casey Duke
Theatre Arts - Lighting Design
Graduate Student


This piece represents a flight of the mind: from a sheltered, claustrophobic safety into worlds outside, or even a perceived escape from the mind itself.


 A digital drawing of a woman's torso in a yellow shirt and skit and a bit of red knee-length boot and with a blue background

Primary
Ashley Elmore
Architecture
Junior


The skin shown is the work of several hours of airbrush, not photoshop. I'm still not satisfied. 


 An acrylic painting of a symmetrical plant in greens, purples, pinks, and oranges on a black background

Deadnettle
Stephanie Gamble
Mathematics
Doctoral Candidate


 An acrylic painting of what looks like the ripples moving out from a drip into water, painted in reds, oranges, blues, and purples

Ripples
Stephanie Gamble
Mathematics
Doctoral Candidate


 An acrylic painting with a kaleidoscopic print painted in black, red, green, white, purple, and grey

Kaleidoscope
Stephanie Gamble
Mathematics
Doctoral Candidate


 An image designed in Photoshop of a black, robotic-looking butterfly perched on a yellow flower

Cyber Butterfly
Maria Garlock
Interior Design
Sophomore


I wanted to challenge myself in making something mechanical in Photoshop but as realistic as possible. I also wanted to create a butterfly just as beautiful, but in a different way.


 A mixed media work with several close up faces and a yellow stripe vertically down the middle with white text that says Black Lives Matter

See Me. Hear Me.
Hannah Germansky
Architecture
Graduate Student

This piece symbolizes and documents the racism that exists in our cities across America, specifically as it relates to police brutality. Each color and line [represents] just a few of the many components: police violence, media, activism, human being. Imperfection is inevitable, but we can all take steps to be advocates, allies, and leaders for change. 


 A watercolor painting of a dad kneeling and holding his child's hands, silhouetted against a background with a sun setting, stars appearing, and mountains far away

My dad, my ray of hope
Srinidhi Jayakumar
Psychology
Junior


The piece depicts how the whole world becomes colourful to me even when I am in darkness just because of the hope my dad gave me.


 A pen and ink drawing of an angular and symmetrical form

Lotus Totem
Matthew Kocher
Translational Biology, Medicine and Health
Doctoral Candidate


Blue Woman
Grayson Lawrence
Business
First Year


 An oil on canvas work with a black background and several beige arms and hands twisted together

hands
Emma Marshall
Music/Human Development
Sophomore


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A Different World
Colin Maw


 An acrylic and oil painting of a moon reflecting over the ocean

Ugly Painting
Robert McGroarty
Clinical Neuroscience
Senior


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Caged Bird
Rose McGroarty
Geosciences
Graduate Student

As the title suggests, this is a piece about feeling like a bid trapped in a cage trying to spread its wings. Music is Clear Waters by Kevin MacLeod.


 An abstract acrylic on canvas painting depicting the planets and a mother figure holding them all close

Mother of the Universe
Rose McGroarty
Geosciences
Graduate Student


 A painting that looks almost out of focus of a black man holding a sign that says Black Lives Matter against a blue background

A Soft Message
Reilly McLaren

Computer Science and Mathematics
Senior


 A work created out of over 2,000 crayons glued together to form the likeness of her sister's face

Lily
Saranne Mendez
Animal and Poultry Sciences
Junior


This portrait is part of a series; I have five crayon portraits, the largest having nearly 4,000 crayons. This portrait has 2,226 crayons glued together to form my sister's face. The farther away you go, the more clear the image becomes. 


 An acrylic painting of the artist's sister, who is a nurse, wearing a surgical mask

Covid 19
Saranne Mendez
Animal and Poultry Sciences
Junior


This is a portrait of my sister, who is a nurse at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. It is supposed to exude a sense of haziness and fatigue of long shifts working with covid patients.


 A photograph of a woman's face behind a peach veil repeated three times

Blushing Veil
Tessa Naughton-Rockwell
Crop and Soil Science
Sophomore


 A collage of a black and white photo of the artist's grandmother, the lush tropical plants, and a city street in Vietnam

Vietnam with New Eyes
Philana Quan
Architecture
Junior


The portrait of my Grandmom is melded with the images of Vietnam taken through my eyes, two generations later as I embark on my first journey to Vietnam. And while she refuses to ever go back to her homeland, the culture and the food and the landscape still live vividly in her memory.


 A digital drawing of Chester Avenue in Philadelphia, where the artist's extended family lives

Chester Avenue
Philana Quan
Architecture
Junior


The summer of 2020 was a time I spent having conversations with my Grandmom about her life in Vietnam and America. Digging up the family history was difficult as things 30 years ago begin to blur in my relatives' memory, but I did my best to find the several blocks along Chester Avenue in Philadelphia that my extended family has called home for many years when they came to the United States.


 A photograph of a blue hydrangea bloom against a background of the plant's green leaves

Blue Hydrangea
Michelle Rasheed
Curriculum and Instruction - Literacy and Rural Education
Doctoral Candidate


The blues brought on by the pandemic are tempered by the blues found in nature's flowers.


 An oil painting of a corner of a room with purple walls, gold curtains, and a tall wooden dresser with a bamboo plant, black and white art work, magazines, and a prescription pill bottle on top

Old Room
Gabriela Rivera
Studio Art
Senior


 An acrylic and gesso painting of a hand holding the Earth on a thin jewelry chain on a black and grey background

In the palm of your hand
Lauren Brooks Roberts
Environmental Conervation and Society
Junior

This was commissioned for a conservation-themed exhibit.


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There Is No Success or Failure Just Tire Ramming and Majestic Bison
Alexander Russo
Architecture
Graduate Student

I thought it would be easy to honor the bison for a day. I was wrong. It was not. I bruised. I bled. I sweat. I cried. I was weak. The bison was not. The bison was everything I could never be. Dylan Redford graciously edited the footage. Many friends brought me food to make sure I stayed conscious.


 A photograph of a snow covered landscape with a line of telephone lines and snowy mountains in the background

Silent Civilization
Sara Saghafi Moghaddam
Architecture
Doctoral Candidate

This photo is from a series entitled Oasis in White.


 A photograph of a snow covered landscape with a neighborhood in the foreground and snowy mountains in the background

BLURRED HORIZON
Sara Saghafi Moghaddam
Architecture
Doctoral Candidate

This photo is from a series entitled Oasis in White.


 A photograph of a snow covered landscape with a town or village spread out

Lively Geometries
Sara Saghafi Moghaddam
Architecture
Doctoral Candidate

This photo is from a series entitled Oasis in White.


 An acrylic painting of George Floyd and daughter Gianna on his shoulders next to the Earth with a purple, blue, and pink background

George Floyd Changed the World
Roshni Saxena
Computer Science
Sophomore

I made this painting for Juneteenth this year, the day that commemorates when the last slaves in America were freed. George Floyd is seen on top of the Earth in this painting holding his six-year-old daughter, Gianna Floyd, on his shoulders. This art is titled George Floyd Changed the World because Gianna said that her daddy changed the world. Their love opened everyone's eyes.


  A digital sketch of the moon with a purple haze around it becoming darker as it gets further away from the edges of the moon, with stars visible in the upper corners

The Moon
Parul Sharma
Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
Doctoral Candidate

Looking at the moon everyday for at least five minutes is a form of therapy that brings with it peace, a sense of belonging, and calmness.


 An oil on canvas painting of a close up of a woman's mouth and nose, with purple and blue abstract figures overlaid on it in places

Focus/Unfocus
Mikayla Spivey
Studio Art
Senior


E L E M E N T series
Henos Tadesse
Chemical Engineering
Graduate Student

The pieces are more than an assortment of Black men and women in their ELEMENT. Even though all of them are from diverse cultures and backgrounds, their beauty shines through as one. I hope this resonates with the audience as well.


 A photograph of a sunflower in the foregound with the sunlight making the petals glow, and the Blue Ridge mountains in the background

Fields of Yellow
Caroline Taylor
Developmental Science/Psychology
Graduate Student


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Metamorphosis
Sophia Trout
Cinema
Senior

This documentary short features Virginia Tech's own Kevin Foster. Kevin was an active member of the School of Performing Arts. You could catch him on stage, in the costume shop, or designing wigs for the productions. Most times, he was doing all of the above. In his free time, Kevin can be found in full hair and makeup doing drag shows. Being a drag performer has given Kevin an opportunity to express himself to the fullest extent. He takes stepping into another person's shoes to the extreme as he fully transforms into a new character before stepping on stage. This documentary highlights Kevin's passion for theatre, his discovery of drag, and how it's all impacted his life. This film was also completed during the required virtual spring semester in 2020 due to COVID-19 through online collaboration with Kevin and myself and lots of optimism.


 An acrylic painting of a ballerina's injured feet and her pointe shoes nearby

Feet
Barath Udayasuryan
Biomedical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

This is a visceral portrait of a ballerina's feet depicting what it takes to create something beautiful.


 A woman in a black shirt wears a gold necklace with a man hanging by his hand from the end of a delicate gold chain

Human Condition
RJ Weaver
Industrial Design
Junior

Human Condition was 3D printed first in wax then set in plaster, where it undergoes a technique called "lost wax casting" to create the brass form. It is then electroplated with a .25 micron layer of 18 karat gold.


 A photograph of a snail crawling over brown and grey rocks and brown leaves with a green plant in the foreground

Snail's Adventure
Paige West
Civil Engineering
Graduate Student

It's amazing what you can find in your own backyard!


 A black and white charcoal drawing of a pair of untied Converse hightops

My Converse
Katie Weyrich
Graphic Design
Sophomore


 A series of black and white pen drawings, one of a pool table, one of the 8 and 11 balls hitting, one of the patterns and angles to hit when playing pool, one of an 8 ball feeling frustration and confusion, and the last of three people and a human-sized 8 ball sitting at a bar with their backs to us

Phew, Finally! My Dogs Are Barking
Samuel Worley
Landscape Architecture
Senior

This is a visual narrative, studying form and function.


 A black and white photograph of a cinderblock wall with a pipe and a vent coming out of it and an arrow drawn onto the wall, arcing over the pipe and vent

Anthropomorphic Ripple
Samuel Worley
Landscape Architecture
Senior


 A photograph of a sculpture made of brown cardboard boxes, all the same size, stacked haphazardly with plastic connectors visible between them in some places, the order of the boxes becoming messier the higher up the sculpture they're located

Portal to Chaos
Lelan Longhin Yung
Architecture
Junior


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