The Boondoggle Scandal: Senior Thesis Exhibition

Friday, April 19 to Thursday, May 9, 2013,
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art

The Boondoggle Scandal: Senior Thesis Exhibition is on view concurrently at two locations, from April 19 to May 9, 2013, at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums, and from April 26 to April 30, 2013, at Plant Zero, 0 East 4th Street, Richmond. The exhibition features works of various media including painting, printmaking, fashion design, video, and experimental photography by artists Zach Correa, Julia Eldred, Sarah Fagan, Kadeem Alphanso Fyffe, Dee Glazer, Sarah Matheson, and Helen Vu.

The Boondoggle Scandal is the capstone experience for graduating studio art majors in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond. The students work throughout their senior year to prepare for this exhibition. The yearlong course was taught in the fall by Mark Rhodes, Associate Professor of Art, University of Richmond, and in the spring by Heide Trepanier, Part-time Instructor of Art, University of Richmond.

The exhibition is accompanied by an online catalogue featuring images of works in the exhibition, statements from the participating artists, and contact information. It is free and accessible at

There are three painters featured in the exhibition. While their media binds them together, their theories and methodologies show great diversity. By relying on her memories of living abroad, Sarah Matheson creates characters and stories that communicate both positive and negative emotions of feeling distinctly American. Dee Glazer paints with regulated flows and organized chaos, where what is “human” or “natural” is increasingly systematized and mechanized. Sarah Fagan utilizes a personal vocabulary of organic imagery to create narrative portraits of memories and their fleeting impressions on the mind.

Helen Vu concerns herself in her prints with the outside world’s overwhelming bombardment of information. With a refined sense of delicacy in her prints, she seeks to convey complexity through the use of simplicity. In his fashion designs, Kadeem Alphanso Fyffe asserts that his aesthetic is the product of a constant critique of Fashion itself as he expands and empowers the female form through volume and the inclusion of unorthodox materials.

Julia Eldred and Zach Correa both make digital work. Through her videos, Julia Eldred addresses the issue of anxiety and the attempts Americans make at attaining happiness. Zach Correa presents captured moments of unforced digital glitches accompanied by text in order to define what life has become through computers.

The exhibition was organized by the University of Richmond Museums and the Department of Art and Art History, University of Richmond.


Friday, April 19, 2013, 1 to 5 p.m.
Artist Talks, Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums, Modlin Center for the Arts
(The talks are presented as part of the University of Richmond’s School of Arts and Sciences 2013 Student Symposium, from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, April 19. The School of Arts and Sciences presents the Student Symposium every spring to showcase hundreds of student research projects from across the disciplines of the school.)

Friday, April 26, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m.
Opening reception Plant Zero, 0 East 4th Street, Richmond
A DJ will be present and food and drinks are provided