Antonio Lee - SMART Program Highlight
Antonio Lee has been with the Office of Residence Life SMART Program since his arrival at Bowling Green State University. He began working as a Mentee, then Mentor, and now Team Leader. Antonio will not be on staff next year because of a need to focus on his studio work and preparing his portfolio. Antonio has been a tremendous asset to the program and will be missed.
Antonio is a Toledo native, pursuing a degree in 2-D Art with a focus on Printmaking. He won the Mosaic Conference Art Competition, and his winning piece is now hanging in the Multicultural Lounge in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Antonio also participated in an installment at the Myles Gallery, a showing at the Toledo Museum of Art, and both ArtsX and the Spring Show at the BGSU School of Art. A member of the Visiting Artists recently critiqued his work. Antonio is currently researching graduate programs.
Antonio's artist statement: The medium I used was charcoal. This piece came about by taking a photo with intense lighting with using fine black and white charcoal. My artwork is dealing with strong emotions coming from family issues and experience through expression in facial gestures and/or overall body language in compositions. I like to use a great amount of contrast in my work to give it a dynamic look. When making my work I want the viewer to get a sense of emotion and try to understand what it means . Overall, I like to make well-rendered compositions with intense emotion that is better than the original photo.