Fine Arts Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

Scenes From “The Skullery”

by Madison Mento ’21

The Skullery, an exhibition of works by Sara Lilienthal ‘22 inspired by the CBS crime program NCIS, will be on display at the FORM Gallery, March 11-15. The show features a series of 30 different depictions of skulls.

Lilienthal is a first-year journalism major from Levittown, NY, but she originally entered Hofstra planning to major in forensic science. “I was always fascinated by forensic science, but I switched to journalism because I’m not great at chemistry,” she says.

Her fascination with skulls comes from a childhood fear. “When I was younger, I used to spend a lot of time with my grandma. We’d watch NCIS and the old introduction to the show had skulls in it. I used to be so afraid of those skulls. But as I got older, I took that fear and overcame it.” This fear now inspires Lilienthal’s art.

Lilienthal takes pride in the unique art she creates. “I’ve been to a lot of museums, and I don’t think my art fits into any of the traditional styles and categories I see on exhibit there.”

Lilienthal, who has a concentration in sports journalism, hopes an internship at ESPN is in her near future. While she is passionate about her art, she does not see it translating into a career. “I love as a hobby,” she says, “but once there are deadlines it becomes more of a chore. So I use art as a way to vent and express myself.” 

There will be a closing reception for The Skullery on Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m. The FORM Gallery is located on the first floor of Calkins Hall. For more information on this and other FORM exhibits, call the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at 516-463-5474.

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