Art education major Julia Bertussi ’22 kicked off her senior year with a career highlight: her first solo exhibition. A series of paintings titled “Finding Wholeness in Imperfection,” Bertussi’s exhibition opened for viewing at the Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace in Downtown Ithaca on September 3 and will be showcased through September 25.
Her exhibition marks more than just a next step in her artistic career. It’s also the culmination of her time at IC, and her experience in the Summer Scholars Program in the School of Humanities and Sciences. The program offers undergraduate students the unique opportunity to conduct a paid independent study and produce professional-level work, with an advisor of their choosing. For Bertussi, who paired with associate professor of art Dara Engler, it was the perfect opportunity to explore an artistic theme she’d been pondering since long before she enrolled at IC.