Artists Compete in Juried Exhibition

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BY THOMAS OKIN
STAFF WRITER

The sculpture gallery housed the Juried art exhibition from Feb. 4-9. Undergraduate and graduate students were welcome to submit their artwork to the show, with no maximum number of pieces they can select for entry.

“We usually ask our visiting MFA professors to be the juror, and it allows students to submit their work, and for someone who has not seen them in classes to judge the work by its merits,” Winn Rea, professor of fine arts, said. Students in applicable programs were informed about the show via email.

The Juried exhibition had a generous turnout as students entered their work for the chance to win awards. Susan Kelly, the exhibition coordinator said the exhibition contained a nice variety of work done by students of varying grade levels. Because of this, students in the beginning stages of their studies got to show work alongside those who are in the final phases of their degree programs.

Each person who visited the art show had their own favorite pieces, but some had a hard time deciding.

“[It’s pretty] hard to say because they’re all so different. [There are] so many different styles, [and] so many different meanings, Madelynn Ehmer, senior arts education major, said.

Ehmer submitted a photo for the exhibition that she took last semester while working at a haunted house. Her favorite element about it was the contrast between the red and green lighting.

“I wander a lot when I take photos and see what catches my eye,” she said.

Olivia Greise, freshman fine arts major, entered three pieces of work into the exhibition and won and Honorable Mention Award.

“This is my first Juried exhibition, I’ve entered during the years. If I had to assume the based off theme and message, I think all of the artwork here is really great,” she said about winning her award at the show. “I am surprised [to have won], but I’m also thankful for the award. It’s very nice, and I really wasn’t expecting it.”

Greise included a digitally designed book in the pieces she submitted. “I have a book here that represents something that should be brought to greater awareness in society: mental health awareness,” she said. To make the piece, she hand-rendered the book and scanned it into Photoshop for adjustments. Since mental health is important to her, Greise’s inspiration for this piece was to bring the stigma some people have about mental health to light.

She also included a photograph. “I have a photography piece of two apples to represent aging,” she said. There’s an older, rotten apple that juxtaposes a ripe, younger looking apple.”

Students can anticipate the next reception at the Sculpture Gallery on Wednesday, Feb. 12 when BFA student Lucia Terry showcases her work.

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