ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University student Julia
Owens will have her senior art exhibition 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Student Center Gallery (second floor).
Owens, an art major with a double specialization in fine art and advertising design, grew up in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 2008. She is the daughter of Jeffrey Owens of Santa Fe, N.M., and Lynn Graham of Huntington Beach, Calif.
Owens’ work is mostly in the mediums of oil paint and watercolor, but she will also display work in lithograph prints, mixed media and photography.
At NSU, Owens has studied with art faculty members Peter Kilian, Greg Blair, Sara Christensen Blair, Nadya Preszler and Keum-Taek Jung.
She said she chose to attend NSU because it offered a great deal in financial aid.
“I was planning on transferring after a year or two, but decided to stay at Northern because the art professors take such an interest in the students and are active in our education,” she said. “I don't believe I could have had a better college experience.”
The most enjoyable parts of attending NSU, she said, were the everyday things: finding her best friends, being part of exhibitions, working alongside great artists and having the opportunity to be creative.
Owens will graduate in May. She plans to find an internship or job in either graphic design or gallery work to gain experience. Come fall 2014, she hopes to be in graduate school.
Photo: Shown is Owens' "Mediator."