By Jesse Russell, student news writer, Office of University Communications
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Brittany Downey of Campbellsville, a senior at Campbellsville University, will be hosting her senior art show at The Pence-Chowning Art Gallery at 205 University Drive, Campbellsville, beginning March 26 through April 3.
Downey’s art work will consist of digital illustrations, ceramics, 3D assemblage and 2D work in charcoal, graphite and Prisma pencil media.
A reception in her honor will be from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Everyone is invited to the reception and exhibit.
Downey, who graduated from Taylor County High School in 2014, will receive a bachelor degree in art with a graphic design emphasis in May.
Downey said, “Growing up I never planned on being an artist. When asked as a kid to stand up and tell everyone what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said a vet.
“For years I was determined to be that, but I should have known better since allergies and fur don’t mix well. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I was literally hit by art.
“A group of my friends threw ten volumes of manga at me and told me to read it. From there I became fascinated by this new style of art and quickly found myself wanting to create my own characters and the worlds they lived in. Many art classes later, I applied to college and delved right into developing my art skills further.
“Much of my artwork in the more recent years has been focused on character and environmental development, while later was more focused on trying to learn the foundation and build up my skills and techniques that I could apply later on.”
In the past few years, Downey has started to develop her own characters for a children’s book. She wants to pursue a career in concept design, more specifically with creating characters for TV shows or movies. And she wants to complete her goal of creating her first children’s book.
Downey competed in the Campbellsville University Juried Art Show in 2015 through 2017. She has also exhibited in the High School Senior Art Exhibit at Community Trust Bank in 2014.
She is the daughter of Melissa Haynes of Campbellsville and Carl Downey of Chloe, W.Va.
The gallery hours for the spring 2018 semester are as follows: Mondays, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.; noon until 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and noon until 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and noon until 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and noon until 7 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and noon until 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. until noon.