Calling Virginia Tech students!

Let’s celebrate creativity in the time of social distancing. The Moss Arts Center invites you to submit your original art works (video, audio, images, etc.) for a new showcase, the Student Arts Spotlight. Artistic inspiration is boundless, so we welcome undergraduate and graduate students of any discipline to participate. Create a painting, record a song, or choreograph a dance (we’ve seen some incredible creativity on TikTok!)—show off your passion! Let’s bridge this physical divide and connect through art.

Submit your work now through Monday, June 1, 2020. Submitted materials should be appropriate for all ages. Works chosen for the spotlight will be featured on the Moss Arts Center’s website and social media accounts through summer 2020.


 A photo of a blue handmade rug
"Sea of Blue" by Katherine Wardinski

Sea of Blue
Katherine Wardinski
Biological Systems Engineering
Graduate Student


[Sea of Blue is a] handmade T-shirt rug inspired by finding ways to recycle old clothing.


Father; Covid-19; Hermana; Still Life; Mother; Elefante; Jirafas; Self-Portrait; Abuelita; (Me, Myself, and I); Skulls; Lizzy; Jacob; and Strasbourg Cathedral
Saranne Mendez
Animal and Poultry Sciences
Sophomore


Father is a sculpture portrait of my dad made from 1,456 Crayola crayons. It is in a 12 x 16-inch shadow box.

Covid-19
 is an acrylic portrait of my sister, who is a Covid-19 nurse at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C. This is her after a 12-hour shift. I made it hazy and dizzy to emphasize the fact that life doesn't feel real right now. Every day is a blur.

Hermana 
is a sculpture portrait of my sister made from 2,226 crayons. This was the first crayon portrait I ever made. I was inspired by Ai Weiwei and his lego portraits. It is in a 16 x 20-inch shadow box.

Still Life is an acrylic still life painting I made in art class this past semester.

Mother is a portrait of my mom made from 1,423 Crayola crayons. It is in a 12 x 16-inch shadow box. 

Elefante is an acrylic impressionistic painting of an elephant with added gold leaf for accents.

Jirafas is an impressionistic acrylic painting of a mom and baby giraffe with added gold accents.

Self Portrait is a self-portrait made with acrylic paints. I put on crazy makeup to do this.

Abuelita is a sculpture portrait of my grandma. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when she was 69 and she is now 82, bedridden, and cannot speak. She raised me and I wanted to honor her with a portrait. This is my largest crayon sculpture and has 3,688 crayons and is in an 18 x 24-inch shadow box.

Me, Myself, and I is a sculpture self-portrait made from 2,228 crayons. It is in a 16 x 20-inch shadow box. 

Skulls: These are two skulls. One is realistic and anatomical, and one is impressionistic and intended to be laughing. It is supposed to show the two sides of the person; what people see versus how your personality makes them feel. It is made in acrylic paint on 8 x 10 canvases.

Lizzy was my first and last charcoal drawing. I was required to use this media and I personally did not enjoy it. It is a portrait of my piano instructors child.

Jacob is a prismacolor pencil drawing of my boyfriend during "glow-hour."

Strasbourg Cathedral is a pen drawing of the Strasbourg Cathedral in France.


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Autumn Contemplation, Grow Green!, The Last Leaf, Break Time, and The Eye of a Building
Sara Saghafi Moghaddam
Architecture and Urban Studies
Graduate Student


Autumn Contemplation, Grow Green!, The Last Leaf, and Break Time are all acrylic on canvus. The Eye of a Building is a video.


 A painting of a sunflower
"A Sunflower To Brighten Your Day" by Ruoding Shi

A Sunflower To Brighten Your Day
Ruoding Shi
Agricultural and Applied Sciences
Graduate


This is an oil painting during the COVID-19 pandemic that reminds us: wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always remember your sunshine.


 An image of crocheted foods spilling out of a wastebasket
"I'm (Not) Lovin' It" by Elizabeth Henderson

I'm (Not) Lovin' It
Elizabeth Henderson
Studio Art
Senior


Using yarn and welded steel forms, I crocheted various foods that often end up being tossed out or wasted. This project was inspired by the foods that often get forgotten in the back of fridges, that mold in containers, or sit too long on top of cabinets and microwaves.


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The Red Zapper, Alien Site, Frost Giant Encounter, and Binding Oneself
Santiago Malay
Creative Technologies
First-Year


The Red Zapper and Alien Site were made with Maya 2019, Frost Giant Encounter was made with pen on paper, and Binding Oneself was made with Adobe After Effects, 2020. Binding Oneself was inspired by my own thoughts on general visuals and the birth of virtual concepts.


 A composite photograph of the same person in five different positions, that appears to have been affected by acid
"Eating Glass" by James Larsen

Eating Glass
James Larsen
Creative Technologies
Junior


[Eating Glass is a] narrative expression of how quarantine and isolation can feel.


 An illustration of a young woman wearing a floral face mask and the words "stay inside" on a peach background
"Covid-19" by Abby Lee

Covid-19
Abby Lee
Visual Communication Design
First-Year


I created this work using a digital medium. I was inspired by the current situation we are all experiencing and wanted to remind everyone to stay inside and stay healthy!


 A doodle done in Microsoft Paint, with blue, green, yellow, and orange strokes
"Reaching Out, Keeping It Together" by Nareg Seferian

Reaching Out, Keeping It Together
Nareg Seferian
Planning, Governance, and Globalization; Government and International Affairs
Graduate Student


This work is a glorified doodle, all done on Paint. It's just a combination of colours and shape that sort of reach out to each other, sort of keep to themselves, each in their own way.


 A digital illustration of the artist's mother on a pink background
"Mama Martinez" by Maria Martinez

Mama Martinez
Maria Martinez
Graphic Design
First-Year

Mama Martinez is a digital art piece inspired by Mother's Day.


 A drawing of a bird with all kinds of different feathers
"Medley" by Amrita Chakraborty

Medley
Amrita Chakraborty
Electrical Engineering
Graduate Student


[Medley is] pen on paper doodle art. Inspired by our diverse society, no two feathers are the same but when put together they make this beautiful "medley".


 An acrylic painting of a symmetrical plant
"Deadnettle" by Stephanie Gamble

Deadnettle
Stephanie Gamble
Mathematics
Graduate Student


Deadnettle was done in acrylic paint on a 20 x 20 inch canvas.


Quarantine of Mind
Natalie Ferguson
Creative Technologies
Sophomore


[These drawings were done in graphite and ink (2020).] This piece is reflecting how COVID-19 has changed my perception of dementia. Now that we're all sealed off and isolated, we're losing touch. But we have hope because one day all of this will end, right? We'll go back to seeing the ones we love and doing the things we enjoy. This got me thinking about how my grandma, who has dementia, is in a sort of permanent quarantine in her own mind, isolated by the loss of memories. Ideally, these would be installed six feet apart.


Analla, Eva, Noelle, Kelly, and Serena
Lahjae White-Patterson
Creative Technologies
First-Year


This series of works was created in Photoshop.


 A pen and ink drawing of two birds
"The Old Norm" by Matt Ghaffari

The Old Norm
Matt Ghaffari
Psychology
Junior


[The Old Norm is a] duo of patient anglers that you naturally don't see together in the wild.


Partly Cloudy, Sky High, Model Status, and Flurries
Rachel Albright
Marketing Management
Senior


I use digital photography, specifically a Canon 77D. I love travel photography and portraiture and look to National Geographic and other travel photographers for inspiration.


A Mind in Quarantine and PSA
Alex Austin
Sophomore
Creative Technologies


A Mind in Quarantine is a representation of my mental state during this pandemic. I took different activities I do in my room and transferred them to a mental landscape to show how I am doing. Sometimes I'm doing pretty well--being productive, accomplishing things. Other times, I can't manage much more than to lie on the floor and contemplate everything.

For PSA, I was inspired to make more of a public service announcement to hopefully prompt people to protect those who are at greater risk in this pandemic. By taking steps to protect yourself, you are also protecting others.


Portrait 1, Portrait 2, and Portrait 3
Maddie Hollar
Mathematics and CMDA
Sophomore


I used graphite pencil to study ~100 year old images found on Pinterest. The goal was to learn about translucent fabrics.


 A drawing of inside Next Door Bake Shop
"Empty" by Shuchismita Biswas

Empty
Shuchismita Biswas
ECE/Ph.D.
Graduate Student


During the stay-at-home period in response to the coronavirus pandemic, I have been especially missing cafes and bakeries, where I could escape to indulge myself after grueling days. This is based on the interiors of Next Door Bake Shop, one of the many Blacksburg businesses affected by the pandemic. [Empty is] watercolor and ink on paper.


Mystic Escape and Feelin' Fine
Amber Becerra
Studio Art
Junior


The mushrooms [Mystic Escape] were drawn with ink on paper. Feelin’ Fine [was] made with acrylic on canvas, inspired by current situations of dealing with COVID-19.


 A graphite drawing of a young woman and a dog
"Foster Fail" by Madalyn Kramer

Foster Fail
Madalyn Kramer
Graphic Design
First-Year


[Foster Fail is] graphite on paper. I was inspired to create a piece in tribute to the friend I made amidst the quarantine. I had reached out to local rescues to foster an animal during the crisis to help alleviate overcrowding, and ended up falling in love with the dog I took in. She has since found her forever home with me and I look forward to many more wonderful memories with her in the years to come.


A Beach Embrace, Wrapped in Growth, and Finding Light
Allie Perfater
Studio Art
Sophomore

A Beach Embrace [is an] oil painting on canvas, 14 x 18 inches.

In my Principles of Art and Design class, our final was to watch Andy Goldsworthy’s documentary Leaning into the Wind and draw inspiration from his art installations to create one of our own. Goldsworthy’s art is classified as post-modernist, or work that is constructed from individual suspicion to reason. My installation Wrapped in Growth symbolizes a curtain and how we as individuals [p]ut on a show or come across as one thing but when you observe closely, you see layers, textures, and different structures that play a role to the overall being. The mediums (materials used) are net, hay, leaves, thumb tacks, elastic hair ties, and safety pins. These items are formed around the wooden structure constructed by my dad, Nelson Perfater. Whether it is pieced together or provided, we have a comfort in nature growing with us and how we mimic it.

Finding Light
[is a] compilation of four photographs edited in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.


 A painting of Burruss Hall as a puzzle that's not fully put together
"In Pieces" by Abby Haden

In Pieces
Abby Haden
Mechanical Engineering
Senior

This divided painting of Burruss Hall is intended to represent the separation of the Virginia Tech community due to COVID-19. I chose this surface because puzzles are meant to be put together, just like our community which will eventually be able to be rebuilt and brought back together.


Wild Side and Mother Dearest
Courtney Bailey
Creative Technologies
First-Year


This graphite piece [Wild Side] explored ideas of desire, lack of control, and the interpretation of one's true self. [Mother Dearest is a] self-portrait of my mother to celebrate Mother’s Day.


"Mad Scientist" by Aidan Clarke
"Mad Scientist" by Aidan Clarke

Mad Scientist
Aidan Clarke
Creative Technologies
First-Year


This piece is centered around the technique of taking cheap, Crayola markers and flicking the ink out of them. The splatters having a resemblance of germs or wildly sprayed chemicals influenced the background figure being a mad scientist.


"Petrified" by Renn Kennedy
"Petrified" by Renn Kennedy

Petrified
Renn Kennedy
Creative Technologies
Sophomore

[Petrified is] a digital art piece inspired by the fear of the world.


Appalachian Journeys
Casey Duke
Theatre Arts
Graduate Student


[Appalachian Journeys is a] series of photographs taken in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, with intent to capture a beauty that remains constant even in the worst of times.


Where This Flower Blooms and Spring Day
Katie Weyrich
Graphic Design
First-Year


Where This Flower Blooms was done in graphite and micron pen. Spring Day is a self portrait using Adobe Illustrator.


Ballerina
Mom and Dad
The Dress

Emily Gerhart
Psychology and Human Development
Junior


Ballerina is a charcoal drawing, Mom and Dad is a graphite drawing, and The Dress is charcoal and oil paint.


"A Sunset in Blacksburg" by Parul Sharma
"A Sunset in Blacksburg" by Parul Sharma

A Sunset in Blacksburg
Parul Sharma
Bioinformatics, Ph.D.
Graduate Student

After an exhaustive day in college, I relish the bus ride back home. The timings of which are almost always wellcoordinated with the sunset. I love Blacksburg for all its beauty but for me the best feature are the picturesque skies. Here is a recreation of one those sunsets painted with watercolors (done on iPad).


Dancin', Mercury, Bamboo, Bamboo Grove, Waterfall, Bones, Tractor, Farmlands, Hands, Sunny Eyes, Untitled, Untitled, Untitled, Untitled, and Untitled
Lauren McDonald
Creative Technologies
First-Year


Dancin'
is inspired by a song, as well we the current times we are facing, and is done in acrylic on canvas. Mercury [is a] portrait of my cat in acrylic on canvas. Bamboo, Bamboo Grove, and Waterfall are sumi ink paintings. Bones was done in charcoal. Tractor was inspired by [my] grandfather's orchard; watercolor. Farmlands was inspired by drives to Blacksburg, done in acrylic paint. Hands was inspired by the two personalities of my brothers; done in micron pen. Sunny Eyes is a self portrait in egg tempora. The Untitled works are all acrylic on canvas; relaxing and mindless painting turned into a calming painting, inspired by the emotions and mood of the days I created them.


Welcome
Copy Cat

Alden Carter
International Relations and Spanish
Sophomore


[Welcome was] shot on Canon Rebel T3I of my friends' shoes back in December when we were all together. My roommates and I have a no shoes policy because our house is mostly carpeted. I was taking pictures of everyone together and saw the shoes and had to take a picture.  [Copy Cat was] shot on iPhone of drawings in my sketchbook.


Lotus Totem
Untitled
Untitled
Work-Life Balance

Matt Kocher
Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health graduate program
Graduate Student

Pen on paper (all works) with digital manipulation [on Untitled and Work-Life Balance]. Work-Life Balance was done in the research lab on the weekend while I was waiting for an incubation to finish.


Torso and My Day Was Good
Ashley Elmore
Architecture
Sophomore


The first [Torso] was inspired by my personal poetry and was made with Sketchpad. The second [My Day Was Good] was inspired by the last season of Bojack Horseman and was also made with Sketchpad.


Geometric Family in Nature
Grace Ryan
Industrial Design
First-Year


This work is made of collaged newspaper and magazines. The family of geometric towers explores the theme of variation vs. sameness. The towers represent family; each person is different but still related. The towers, as a collective unit, are set in nature’s landscape to highlight the singular unit of family vs. the collective unit of nature.


"Observing from my Porch as the World Recovers (Listening to Clouds)" by Julia Kindle
"Observing from my Porch as the World Recovers (Listening to Clouds)" by Julia Kindle

Observing from My Porch as the World Recovers (Listening to Clouds)
Julia Kindle
Graphic Design
First-Year


Charcoal drawing and paper collage, inspired by Listening to Clouds by El Ten Eleven.


"Vietnam with New Eyes" by Philana Quan
"Vietnam with New Eyes" by Philana Quan

Vietnam with New Eyes
Philana Quan
Architecture
First-Year

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.


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Blue Collars
Wynn Yang
Music Technologies
Senior


[This is a] short DIY music video for my song Blue Collars. It's not that deep to be honest. It's just a narration of some of the thoughts one gets when locked up alone in their room.


"Gothic Light" by Rachael Glasgow
"Gothic Light" by Rachael Glasgow

Gothic Light
Rachael Glasgow

Music Education and Horn Performance
Senior

In my Music and Spirituality class, we were discussing the influence of religion. One point that was brought up was that all people, those who practice faith and those who don't, can appreciate beautiful art that comes out of religion and I thought of the rosetta windows that many Gothic cathedrals have. I wanted to paint a vibrant version of windows that have inspired people for thousands of years.


"Heroes" by Bridget Olson
"Heroes" by Bridget Olson

Heroes
Bridget Olson

Creative Technologies
Senior

Nicole Hubbard's photo of Ben Cayer and Mindy Brock from Tampa Bay General Hospital recreated in Photoshop to honor those putting their lives at risk for strangers. This piece is a tribute for every nurse, doctor, and future medical staff member!


"Humble Gaze" by Abigail Mercatoris
"Humble Gaze" by Abigail Mercatoris

Humble Gaze
Abigail Mercatoris

Marketing Management
Senior

Inspired by the strength and courage of the lion to prevail over hardships.

White charcoal on black paper
12 x 10.5 inches
Original


"Rhythm" by Lizzy Morris
"Rhythm" by Lizzy Morris

Rhythm
Lizzy Morris
Electrical Engineering
Junior

This work is a two-foot tall, double closed in form combining two mediums: clay and twine. I wanted to incorporate handmade clay beads into my work, which was the starting idea for my design. The twine pattern was inspired from the strings often seen on the body of Native American and African drums. The lip of the piece is meant to imitate flower petals.