January 29, 2021

Students showcase creativity in MSM’s Pop Up Art Gallery

This past fall, a group of MSM students showcased their artwork in the MSM student lounge. Three students talk about being part of this project organized by the Office of Student Affairs.

From free ice cream days to virtual meditation and yoga classes, MSM staff is helping the student community stay engaged and have fun!

Last fall, students were asked to submit their visual artwork to be displayed in a “Pop Up Art Gallery” in the student lounge. Three artists—Naiv, Selin, and Kolter—share their thoughts on the project, as well as the meaning behind their works.

Niav Maher (BM ’23, Classical Piano)

What motivated you to participate in this event?

I wanted to take part in this event because I really enjoy painting and I thought it was such a great way for our community to create something beautiful together. I’m so happy that I did, and it was great to see everyone’s incredible paintings!

What is the inspiration for your painting and what do you hope people get from it?

I really wanted to paint something that would bring a smile to peoples’ faces! In a time where it can be difficult to find joy and be hopeful, little things can really change the course of someone’s day. I hope my painting sparks a happy memory and radiates positivity.

What role does painting play in your life?

Painting is a creative outlet outside of music that I find to be very therapeutic and relaxing. It’s a great way to destress and take a few minutes to check in with myself and focus on my overall wellness.

Kolter Erickson (BM ’24, Musical Theatre)

What motivated you to participate in this event?

I did not originally plan to take part in the art gallery, but after I passed the booth outside the cafeteria handing out supplies and a few friends signed up I decided “why not?”

What is the inspiration for your painting and what do you hope people get from it?

At first, I had no clue where to begin, but after messing around on a blank piece of paper with some ideas I decided to try and create a painting that related to heartbreak because it’s something that I feel a lot of people can relate to.

What role does painting play in your life?

Painting has the power to engage me fully, bringing me into the present. It allows me to explore, discover and experiment. Releasing my emotions through painting allows my mind to relax.

Selin Algöz (BM ’23, Classical Violin)

What role does painting play in your life?

Besides 6th grade art I have never actually painted before. I doodle and draw occasionally so this was way out of my comfort zone, but I am very glad I took the risk and want to thank everyone in student engagement for creating a platform for students to create and share art during a difficult time.

What motivated you to participate in this event?

Making art is one of my favorite things to do, because it allows me to explore a part of myself and it fosters the creative spirit and takes the mind and body to new and exciting heights. Painting, and art in general, has a therapeutic effect for me, so I’m grateful for any opportunity to create art.

What is the inspiration for your painting and what do you hope people get from it?

“Eventually, everything connects.” I loved this line when I first read it. I love finding out unexpected connections between things that I never thought could be related. Sometimes, it can take a while for the full picture to reveal itself, but eventually, everything comes to light, and everything works out just the way it’s supposed to be.

Slideshow: Photos from the Pop Up Art Gallery in the Student Lounge.