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Choices, chance, and character: the art of making connections

Choices, chance, and character, metalwork by ASU Herberger College School of Art MFA candidate Lauren McAdams

Photo by Lauren McAdams

April 07, 2008

Lauren B. McAdams, Master of Fine Arts degree candidate in metalworking

Presents her MFA exhibition, Choices, chance, and character, exploring the small moments people face when choosing to connect with others.

"Although elements of chance are not black and white, my showdisplays longing for simple answers to our most difficult problem…how do we find our match?" McAdams says.

Although child-like solutions seem unsuitable, the viewer begins to question certain elements of his or her own decision-making paradigm. Adult realities and fantasies emerge from the simplicity of children’s games and communicating vessels. The honesty of a child at play hardens to a “frozen” scene of the choices ahead.

Using traditional hand-crafted, metalworking techniques in a sculptural sense, McAdams turns recognizable objects into strangers. The viewer is invited to interact with the metal sculptures and consider their own methods of connecting to the “characters” in their lives.

Harry Wood Gallery
ASU Herberger College School of Art Building
ASU Tempe Campus

Exhibition: April 14-18, 2008
Artist's Reception: Monday, April 14, 7–9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Free. Refreshments served during the artist's reception.

Public Contact
Lauren McAdams

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

Media Contact:
Lise Hawkos
ASU Herberger College School of Art
Director, Harry Wood Gallery