Student art works in a wide range of media are displayed at the Silver Cultural Arts Center through April 6. The annual Juried Student Show opened with a reception on February 27.
Any student who has taken an art class during the previous year may submit up to three works to be adjudicated. Jurors for this year’s show were Karl Bayek, a senior BFA student in graphic design; Phil Lonergan, assistant professor of art (sculpture) and Chuck Gibson, adjunct instructor in graphic design.
Lonergan says the Juried Student Show provides art students an opportunity to show their work in a formal gallery environment, often for the first time. The exhibition is also important in fostering the Art Department’s sense of community.
According to Lonergan, judges emphasized three criteria as they made their judging decisions: technical skill, conceptual voice and overall diversity of media and approaches. He says, “What is so striking about this show is the broad range of artistic styles being developed here at PSC, ranging from the realistic to the abstract, from the classically traditional to the truly innovative.”
Art professor Annette Mitchell is very excited about the show. She says, “The student art show contributes a great part to the life of the campus community. Students have an early experience with the jurying process and having their work and thoughts on public display. Decision making about what to present and how to present it, and then how to respond to what others think about what has been created moves the process into the completed experience for most artists (artist, artwork, audience). I look forward to this show every year perhaps more than any other. It gives me a great sense of pride to see the quality of work being produced and having the opportunity to discuss with fellow artists the ideas, processes and products of our experience.”
Lonergan concludes, “This show is a great chance for the rest of the PSC community to see what goes on in the Art Department, and I hope everyone will head over to Silver to check out the great work our students have done this year!”