Senior Art Show ‘Epistemology’ opens

The College of Idaho is pleased to announce the opening of “Epistemology,” an exhibition of work by graduating senior art majors. “Epistemology” will be on display at the Rosenthal Gallery of Art, located inside Blatchley Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. An opening reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, and the show runs through May 21. There will be free wine, hard cider, and appetizers from Bon Appetit during the reception, which is free and open to the public.

The featured artists are C of I seniors Marisol Cervantes, Blaze Gamboa, Kathryn Higgins, Hana Hoang, Samantha Mardock, Morgan Mesias, Kirby Roberts, Talon Sudbeck and Rachel Wyman.

“It’s a great opportunity to exhibit our work,” said Higgins, who will display digital paintings. “It’s a chance to show what we’ve learned over the course of studying at the C of I.”

But why the theme of epistemology?

“All of us were doing different works or pieces, and they kind of fell under the study of knowledge,” Roberts said.

Each artist has explored a concept in his or her work, whether it is the movements and light refractions of water, the study of ceramics, or conceptualizing an alternate world. And they’ve pulled from various inspirations.

For Roberts, a C of I swimmer from Massachusetts, the ocean and water has always inspired her acrylic paintings.

“A lot of my pieces are nature-based, even if they aren’t related to the ocean,” she said. “I just want people to come away with an appreciation and awe of the beauty of nature.”

Studying abstract artists such as Peter Voulkos and different ceramic vessels and forms inspired Sudbeck. But in order to craft some pieces as tall as four feet, he had to do some research first.

“I’ve never made a piece that big, so it was interesting learning how to maneuver the clay to get it that high,” he said.

While most of the artists find the creation process relaxing, Sudbeck also relates sculpting clay to his psychology major and pursuit of becoming a counselor.

“They both kind of deal with guiding and direction, and that really drew me into it,” he said.

The senior show, which serves as the students’ capstone project, will also be part of the campus-wide Student Research Conference on May 7. For some of the students, the show also marks their first experience assembling a thematically unified and professionally displayed body of work—and they’d love to see lots of peers at the opening reception.

“It’s nine seniors who have put in a lot of work,” Roberts said. “There is some pretty cool stuff out there and some of the artwork will be on sale.”

The Rosenthal Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are unable to see the exhibition during those times, or if you would like to schedule a private viewing, please make an appointment by contacting C of I art professor Dr. Garth Claassen at [email protected]. The Rosenthal Gallery is located inside Blatchley Hall. For a full campus map, visit

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit