• Rian McClenney

The Art Of Olivet

“It’s quite surreal if I were to be quite honest. I didn’t think I would get in, and yet both of my pieces actually got in.” said Sarah Boyle, senior art major at Olivet College.

The Olivet College Art Alliance is a student-run group, composed of visual arts majors. The alliance’s mission is to promote the visual arts both off and on the campus. These young aspiring artists hold an annual exhibition off-campus, and this year, the area of choice was the Larson Exhibition Room of the Eastend Studio & Gallery in downtown Marshall, Michigan. The exhibition includes an array of media, including printmaking, drawing and plaster. The art students of Olivet have submitted thoughtful portrayals of their skilled renderings of human subjects and tender homages to loved ones.

“I’ve always done art, ever since I was a little kid. Yet, I never wanted it to be a career until my senior year at high school, I always thought it would be a good hobby and it wasn’t until senior year I actually like this as a career and as an actual passion,” Boyle added.

The exhibition includes an array of media including printmaking, drawing, and plaster, the art students of Olivet have submitted thoughtful portrayals of their skilled renderings of human subjects and tender homages to loved ones.

“The Exhibition opened on February 5th and will be open till March 11th,” said Nina W. Butts.


With the extended time, this gives the people of Marshall, as well as art enthusiasts, their time to come and see the artwork of the Art Alliance. They can really appreciate the time, effort, and hard work that spent putting this exhibition together and ensuring that the art pieces were presentable for friends and loved ones.


“It feels great, I feel very proud to have my art make it into the gallery, not everyone was chosen, so it’s a really great feeling,” said Rebecca Robinson, one of the members of the OC Art Alliance in an interview during the gallery. “To challenge yourself, definitely my hardest pieces were the ones that were accepted in, you know they were the ones I didn’t think I would succeed at and I did, so you need to challenge yourself,” said Robinson as she gives a bit of advice to future artists who would one day want to have their art presented in an art gallery, like hers and her associates' were.


Photos and Video by Rian McClenney