Plymouth, N.H. —The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present the 2013 Juried Student Exhibition April 2-20 at the Drerup Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 4–6 p.m. Thursday, April 2.
Interim Gallery Director and Professor of Art Terry Downs says, “Each year in the spring the campus looks forward to the annual Juried Student Exhibition as an example of high achievement at PSU. Students from all art department program levels and disciplines share the outcomes of their progress in education, training and refinement in art making.”
This year’s juror is PSU alumna Susan Schwake, artist, educator and director of Artstream Gallery in Rochester, NH. For the past 20 years, Schwake has run an independent art school where she developed and wrote the curriculum and continues to work with people of all ages and abilities.
She has curated more than 70 shows, both in her own gallery and as a guest curator in others. She has also worked with hundreds of people making art through residencies, community organizations and private schools. Schwake’s art work has appeared in exhibitions throughout the United States, New Zealand, Germany, Romania and Mexico and her illustrations have been featured in several magazines.
Students participating in the exhibition include art majors and minors, students taking a course in the University’s general education program and students taking a course for elective enrichment. They might be studio art majors, graphic designers, art education and art history majors enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science in Art Education or the Master of Arts in Teaching.
Downs says “There is a singularity to every work selected for exhibition. The Department of Art nurtures individuality, originality and diversity of approach. The thematic content of the students’ work reflects their inner self while providing an understanding of the world around them. Similarly, the discipline within which they choose to work provides a language through which to speak as eloquently as possible.”
Work within five progressive levels from introductory or foundation level to capstone projects representing the customary four levels of a four-year degree will be adjudicated, as will work produced outside of the classroom and art courses. The works considered outside the program could have been created by a student at any time during his or her progress and are independently designed and produced by the students’ own initiative. “They reflect a student’s complete creative freedom,” according to Downs.
The Juried Student Exhibition is the product of the dedicated staff of students of the Karl Drerup Art Gallery (KDAG) led by Gallery Fellow Noelle Stillman, Graduate Assistant Tamara Mann and KDAG Assistant, Jessica Harris.
Gallery Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1–4 p.m. The gallery is closed on PSU holidays.
Additional information is online at Plymouth.edu/gallery.
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