Carl Johnson of Bothell, Wash., and Kellie Meeuwsen of Banks, were selected from a group of undergraduate and graduate art students nominated from colleges across Oregon.
Johnson, who will receive his degree in studio arts and creative writing on May 30, began to draw, paint and work with wood at an early age with the encouragement of his family. Those mediums led to his interest in sculpture and photography.
Johnson will display his piece "Black Capsule." The sculpture is a four-foot-tall metal structure composed of layers of red, green and yellow paint, with textured layers and heat marks.
"I feel I have developed my own style," said Johnson, "I have produced a piece of art that is ready to go out into the world and have a life of its own."
Meeuwsen, a studio arts and education major who also graduates on May 30, began producing art in elementary school, and she works with oil paints, watercolors and calligraphy.
Meeuwsen will display her piece "Daphne." The oil painting is done in a color scheme consisting of shades of violet, red, blue and white. She painted it in a way that keeps the viewer?s eye moving around the piece.
"I am so flattered that I have this chance for my work to be seen by the public in this early stage of my art career," said Meeuwsen.
Liz Obert, Linfield assistant professor of art, said the opportunity for the students to have their work exhibited in a Portland gallery will give them exposure to the art world and help develop their exhibition record.
"Both students have worked exceptionally hard in creating their artwork," said Obert, who nominated the students for the show. "Their pieces reflect the caliber of a professional artist."
Johnson and Meeuwsen?s artwork is on display in Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield for the Senior Art Thesis. The exhibit will be on display until the end of May.