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Cannery Suite 104

Sarah Beveridge – In The Studio

Artist Reception February 5th, 5:30-7:30pm


Sarah Beveridge’s lifelong fascination with ballet began at a young age, when baton twirling exposed her to ballet concepts and the rigors of physical training for performance. “In The Studio” presents her unique insight beneath the surface of traditional ballet presentation.

“I have always been intrigued by the relationship between grace and pain,” says Beveridge. “I like showing a graceful and beautiful exterior, but on the inside hiding the pain of what I had to go through to obtain perfection.” Nowhere is that more relevant than in the ballet studio, where dancers push their bodies to the limits of endurance, and sometimes beyond. The goal is to appear effortlessly graceful, but beauty and perfection are dearly bought, and achieved only through long hours of strenuous practice. Toe shoes become a metaphor for the beautiful exterior hiding pain and sacrifice. Subjects are presented in in the studio, yet appear isolated from their surroundings, focus turned inward on a practice that appears almost spiritual in its sacrifice.

Born in a small city in South Korea, Sarah Beveridge completed her BA in Painting at Bellarmine University in 2009, and her MFA in Painting at Academy of Art University in 2014. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, and has completed commissions for private collections.

625 Sutter Gallery

Mourya Dandu – Qualia

Artist Reception February 5th, 5:30-7:30pm


Identity is often perceived as the relationship between a subject and itself as well as its surroundings, and defined by similarities between multiple selves. In “Qualia” Mourya Dandu tries to construct images where form is distorted to let color control the emotive underplay, requiring the viewer to participate in reconstructing the form from their cognitive senses. In the end, the viewer defines the identity of the subject as much as the artist did in creating them.

Mourya Dandu defines Qualia as “the internal and subjective components of sense perceptions, arising from stimulation of the senses by phenomena.” A philosophical concept, qualia are most easily grasped for artistic purposes as reactions to the non-pictorial aspects of an artwork. Think of how a color makes you feel, and you are close to understanding the concept of Qualia.

Mourya Dandu is an award winning photographer and creative director. With a broad experience in fashion and portrait photography, he understands the importance of balancing technique with content. His work has appeared in Vogue India, Elle, and G.Q. magazines. Dandu completed his MFA in Photography and Art for Commerce at Academy of Art University in 2014.

Cannery Suite 112

Lisa Taylor – One With Nature

Artist Reception February 5th, 5:30-7:30pm


Lisa Taylor’s “One With Nature” seeks to recreate the emotional experience of a simpler time and existence. Inspired by memories such as using a hand-operated water pump, or attending bonfires in a pasture, she presents visions of peace and beauty based on traditional landscape elements but filtered through her personal artistic interpretation.

“Memories can sometimes be the strongest influence in evoking a mood,” says Taylor. “With this in mind, I wanted to explore the landscape through the eyes of my past.” Rather than location-specific, her focus is on the defining characteristics of country scenes, barns, creeks, livestock, etc., thus taking a more subjective, memory-driven approach than traditional plein-air studies. Selective focus, panoramic scope, and textural variation help her create visual realizations of childhood memories, and a celebration of simpler aspects of life as revealed through the country landscape.

Born and raised in rural Tennessee, Lisa Taylor learned to love the beauty of nature from her earliest beginnings. Her parents recognized her artistic inclination and supported and encouraged her creative development. Upon graduating high school, Taylor was accepted in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where she received her BS in Marine Transportation and a 3rd Mate Licence, thus embarking on an eight year nautical career as a commissioned officer the U.S. Coast Guard. Feeling a renewal the creative urge, she began taking online classes at Academy of Art University and eventually resigned her commission to attend full time. She completed her MFA in Painting in 2014, and today lives and works in Dublin, California.

Cannery Suite 110

Clay In Winter – A Showcase of Advanced Student Work

Artist Reception February 5th, 5:30-7:30pm


Curated by Sculpture Director Margaret Keelan

Cannery Suite 108

Printmaking Invitational – Print & Book Art works from students of the Fine Art Printmaking Department

Artist Reception February 5th, 5:30-7:30pm


Curated by Printmaking Director Carrie-Ann Plank.

435 Jefferson Gallery

Alumni Showcase

Grand Opening Artist Reception February 5th, 5:30-7:30pm


AAU Galleries’ newest exhibition space is now open, featuring recent works by Alumni Artists Yi Shin Chiang, Jihoon Choi, Lauren Crew, and Orly Ruaimi. Located at The Cannery, you’ll find the new gallery out along Jefferson Street, where a whole new audience can discover our awesome artists!


Samantha Buller/Jessica Slaymaker – Retrospective

Continuing Exhibition


Two of our most dynamic alumni artists, each with a distinctive approach that complements the other, are featured in the Atelier Gallery in January. Samantha’s spontaneous portrayal of everyday objects manages to stay grounded in a wonderfully altered reality, while Jessica’s poured resin creations abandon objectivity in favor of cause and effect as depicted in the interactions of swirling colors.