PROCESS: Jenna (Citrus) Rueger
The 2016 Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship Exhibit
December 7, 2016 - January 16, 2017
Reception: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, December 7 2016
PROCESS: Jenna (Citrus) Rueger, The 2016 Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship Exhibit will be on display at the University of Southern Indiana’s McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries. It opens on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, with a reception for the artist 7–9 p.m., and continues through January 16, 2017.*
Rueger is a December 2015 USI honors graduate in art with an emphasis in graphic design. As the 2016 Efroymson Bridge Year Fellow she has spent the past year creating photographs, fabric designs and digital products to perfect her portfolio for graduate school application. The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship is a competitive funded award program that provides a highly motivated and talented recent graduate of the University of Southern Indiana’s Art and Design department with a post-undergraduate year to significantly expand her artistic vision. The fellow works alongside a mentor while researching graduate programs and creating artworks for Master of Fine Arts applications. Joan deJong is Rueger’s mentor. DeJong’s background is in computer arts, illustration and fine art, and she teaches 3D printing at USI. The University of Southern Indiana and the Art and Design department are most grateful to the Efroymson Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this outstanding annual award.
In her artist statement, Rueger says, "As an artist I am driven by process and continuation of the image. With a recent series, I would begin painting, but stop to photograph my piece as the wet paint shifted into unique shapes. From the session I would emerge with a completed painting, a variety of images captured throughout the process, and a digital manipulation that could be continued as a pattern for different products. With these images I began to explore surface design and experimented with what different final images could look like. This exhibition showcases my pieces as works of art for material in the form of clothing. I’ve worked with several online companies and a fashion designer to achieve a variety of looks. With the continuation of my education in a master’s program I intend to utilize multiple types of surface design for furthering the reach of photography and not limiting myself to the edge of the canvas.”
* Please note that the McCutchan Art Center will be closed December 19, 2016 – January 4, 2017 for winter break.