BAM offers virtual senior exhibition

Bradbury Art Museum has created a virtual exhibition space to showcase the works of graduating seniors in studio art from the Department of Art and Design. Pictured is “Calley” by Xing Grubbs of Jonesboro.

JONESBORO — Bradbury Art Museum in partnership with the Department of Art and Design has created a new virtual exhibition space to showcase the work of the class of 2020.

The 2020 exhibition features work by Easton Adams of Jonesboro, Landon Bates of Harrisburg, Kaly Beede of Pangburn, Ashton Brown of North Little Rock, Madison Donaldson of Campbell, Mo., Xing Grubbs of Jonesboro, Dale Hindman of Maumelle, Nichole Johns of McCrory, Emily Richards of Cabot, and Zhuoyan Yao of Guangdong, China.

Showcasing the achievements of graduating seniors in studio art from the Department of Art and Design has been part of the Bradbury Art Museum’s programming since BAM’s inception in 2001. The new space not only carries forward this tradition, but also highlights new opportunities for the museum and students in the future.

“As the circumstances of passage have changed for these students, we are charged with the responsibility to find new methods to celebrate their successes,” explained Garry Holstein, director of BAM. “What excites me the most about this project is that it not only meets the needs of the current situation, but also opens new pathways for students, faculty and our community to interact with BAM through potential internships, virtual curation and much more.”

Virtual BAM consists of an explorable virtual space, video fly-throughs and a website page featuring student biographies, statements and images.

The architecture of BAM now exists within a video game engine, Unity, where it is fully navigable just like any other traditional first-person-perspective digital experience. Student work was brought into the space through photography as well as photogrammetry, a computational process of generating 3D models from a series of photographs. This enabled the translation of many student 3D works to the digital space with high-fidelity.

The exhibition can be accessed through the BAM website, and one can follow BAM on Facebook and Instagram for special content featuring the students and faculty.