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Senior Art Exhibition

By Amy Fletcher, Juneau Empire

When Hollis Kitchin was growing up in Skwentna and Palmer, she and her brothers didn’t play with a lot of toys. Instead, their dad would give them an old toaster or a broken appliance from the thrift store, and they’d take it apart.

Bonilyn Parker, from the suburbs of Anchorage, spent a lot of time simply playing in the dirt. She also liked to fish.

Jordan Kendall sought escape from teen angst by hopping on his skateboard.

Ryan Cortes surfed the waves along the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, where he was born.

And Chelsie Harris sat down with her family every night at the dinner table to share stories, a tradition that continued after they made the move from Indiana to Kenai when she was 10.

These students are May 2012 graduates of the Bachelor of Arts, Art degree at the University of Alaska Southeast. Their art reflects early experiences, family dynamics and outside influences that shaped them into the artists they have become.

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