Cooper’s exhibit, The Purple Penguin, will be for show May 3-6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Purple Penguin shows a faux frozen yogurt business, created by the artist. The exhibition will feature designs for posters and packaging, along with three-dimensional models of some of the packaging.
Cooper is a graduate of Shawnee High School and received an associate’s degree from Seminole State College in 2009. She is expected to earn her bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in graphic arts in May. Her work is also on view in ECU’s Linscheid Library.
Casiano’s exhibit, called Tomorrow We Die, will be shown May 7-10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tomorrow We Die is concerned with the hedonism of American society and its effect on his cultural identity. The fixation on self-improvement, sexual interaction and transformation to reach fulfillment are reoccurring themes in his work. He reconstructs fragmented imagery from films, comics and television programs into acrylic paintings on panel. By deconstructing and reconfiguring these recognizable images, he challenges the audience to make their own connections to the work.
During his time at ECU, Casiano has been awarded the Leon Polk Smith Scholarship for three consecutive academic years and been featured in ECU Originals Literary and Visual Arts Magazine each of the past four years. In May, he will graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree in art with a concentration in studio art and plans to pursue a master of fine arts degree in painting in the future.