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ARTISTS ON THE MOVE GRADUATING RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN ILLUSTRATION SENIORS DISCUSS POST-GRADUATION PLANS AT 2013 SENIOR SHOWCASE By Tyler Whitson Staff Writer On Saturday, April 27, the Ringling College of Art and Design welcomed members of the public to its Smith, Basch and Christ-Janer galleries for the opening of its 2013 Illustration Senior Showcase. es by developing artists but for 97 graduating illustration seniors to demonstrate they have far more to show for the past few years of effort than the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees they would soon grasp. Many of the artists exhibiting pieces in the showcase were present on opening night, mingling with patrons, selling items and handing out promotional material. The Sarasota News Leader had the opportunity to interview a The week-long show was an opportunity not few of them about their influences and inspionly for patrons to take in new original piec- rations, their goals as artists and, of course, This exhibition featured works by students who would, within a week, be donning caps and gowns and proudly strutting across the commencement stage. (Above) Kieran Collen talked with The Sarasota News Leader about the technological themes in some of his pieces. 'Technology, for me, is kind of a double-edged blade,' he explained. 'There is a benefit in understanding that technology has a certain positivity to bring to the table, but at the same time, I think that if it is placed in the wrong hands or misused, it can be very detrimental to humanity as a whole.' All photos by Arielle Scherr

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