by Madison Mento ‘21
Welcome Home by DaisyMae VanValkenburgh ’19, and Jarrón by Adriana Medina ’20 are the featured shows in the FORM Gallery through April 26. VanValkenburgh, who is serving as the head of FORM this academic year, is displaying art that shows off her eye for interior design, while Medina has selected seven large ceramics pieces to exhibit.
VanValkenburgh is a senior journalism and global studies major with minors in public relations and integrated media. The Perkasie, PA, native says her interest in art was inspired by a high school project. “I was given an assignment to do a two-point perspective drawing of a room that I would like to have. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the concept of interior design and concept sketches.”
After graduating from Hofstra in December 2019, VanValkenburgh plans to earn a master’s degree in higher education. While she loves art, she plans to continue interior design as a side project. “I would love to be an investigative reporter, but I’m planning on getting my master’s in higher education since I have always been interested in university programming, advising, etc. However, since I’ve become very interested in interior design, I wouldn’t be surprised if I started doing that as a side-job or hobby very soon.”
Medina, a Hollis Hills, NY, resident, is a junior forensic science major with a minor in fine arts. “As a forensic science major, most of my classes are chemistry-based. Glaze chemistry is something I’ve developed a great interest in. It’s basically my two worlds colliding! This show is a series of my progression with this medium. These are the first big vessels that I’ve ever attempted to make, and they’re glazed with new high-fire glazes.”
While her professional plans don’t include ceramics, there is definitely a place for art in her future. “I’d like to work in a crime lab, but my long-term goal is to live on a farm and build a studio with my friends. There will definitely be cows.”
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, and Art History at 516-463-5474.