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An overview of senior art and design showcase "Stairway Wit"

Mercer University seniors opened their annual, student-organized showcase in the McEachern Art Center (MAC) in downtown Macon last Friday evening. The show, entitled "Stairway Wit," features the culmination of their work and development while at Mercer and signifies their departure from the university. The students involved in the show represent the art department's art and graphic design majors.

"I think this is one of the best shows that we've had," Faith Reagin, a senior art major featured in the show, said. "I really love everybody in my cohort, and I think that everybody put in so much effort, so it all just looks so good."

The show is part of the senior exhibition seminar course, which is a requirement for both art department majors. The title, "Stairway Wit," was chosen as an allusion to the artists' Mercer careers.

"(It) is loosely translated from this French phrase that means you're having a conversation, and you don't know the perfect thing to say in the moment, but then you walk away, and then you realize what you should have said," Reagin said. "That kind of applies to our art. We've gone through all these four years doing all these different projects, and then now, at the very end, we realize what we want to say."

In the show, 12 seniors were featured: Ali Dupree, Kennedy Fravel, Samantha Nelson, Olivia Cleveland, Avery McGee, Gabrielle Miller, Faith Reagin, McKenna Johnson, Landon Miller, Savannah Duringer, Amanda Herrold and Ivy Allen. Their displayed work ranges from photography, textiles, product and magazine design, painting and more.

"These young artists and designers have grown together during an extraordinary time," the opening statement of the show says. "Their poise, patience, and generosity toward one another is just as impressive as the work on display."

Stairway Wit will remain open in the McEachern Art Center until May 7. A closing reception will take place during downtown Macon’s First Friday on May 6 from 4-8 p.m. The MAC is open Thursday through Saturday from 4-8 p.m and is located on 2nd Street.

Mary Helene Hall

Mary Helene Hall ‘23 is a journalism and women’s and gender studies student who has worked for The Cluster throughout her time at Mercer. She has held internships at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and, where she covered a variety of topics including politics, crime and culture.


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