“New Horizons” Student Exhibit Opens April 28 at Methodist University

The Methodist University Department of Art announces “New Horizons,” a senior exhibition by Methodist University students Chase Counts, Jorge Rivera, and Dylan Teal. The show will hold its opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in the Union-Zukowski Lobby and Gallery, where the artists will be on hand to discuss their work, along with faculty from the Department of Art. The show will run until May 5.

Chase Counts, a Fayetteville native, took an interest in art at an early age. During his senior year at Village Christian Academy, he decided he wanted to pursue a career in graphic design. When Counts began studying art history and read about different art movements, it helped him to develop his style. Counts is a fan of Pop Art, Art Deco, and Russian Constructivism. He creates artwork using retro styles and combining it with modern techniques. After graduation, Counts wants to work in advertising and company branding.

“I feel that by working with future businesses and helping them develop their brand identity, I will have left a little piece of myself with the company,” Counts said.

Jorge Luis Rivera is a graphic artist educated in both traditional and digital design media. Rivera was born in Heidelberg, Germany and moved with his family across the United States before settling in Fayetteville in 1996. From elementary through high school, Rivera took art classes and competed in regional and national competitions. During his senior year in high school, Rivera submitted the winning design for the school’s senior hoodies. This moment helped him realize that he wanted to make art his career. Rivera is interested in taking different approaches to art making as a way to increase his range and flexibility as an artist. He creates works of art that derive from both traditional and digital design media.

“My artworks are a reflection of my curiosity to learn more about the mediums I’m using while remaining focused on developing my digital art,” Rivera said. Rivera will graduate from Methodist University on May 7 and plans to advance his education in graphic design in a graduate program outside of North Carolina.

Dylan Teal is a graphic designer born and raised in Washington, D.C. Graduating from Methodist University, Teal has found love and passion for his two undergraduate degrees in graphic design and marketing. Teal will be attending the University of Alabama for his master’s in advertising and public relations while also working for the school. He says he is considered an excellent worker who is proficient in completing projects at a fast pace while keeping an eye on detail and professional work.