Student Artists Gain Professional Experience

March 2nd, 2006 by Adam

Student artists from a variety of academic disciplines at Plymouth State University will have the real-life experience of submitting work to be critiqued by professional artists during the annual PSU Juried Student Art Show.

The exhibition will hang in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery on Main Street in Plymouth March 13 – April 8. A reception will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. Monday, March 13.

Gallery Director Catherine Amidon says, “PSU students in all majors submit work to be juried for this annual show. Reaching out to the campus population of student artists as participants, rather than visitors, allows an important part of the community to become engaged in meaningful ways.”

Kate Bedard, a sophomore art education major from Gilmanton plans to submit a piece for the juried student show. She says, “It’s important to be happy with your own work, even if jurors reject it. Showing my work opens me to other artists’ styles and perhaps opens them to my style. Getting ready for an exhibition is a process—there is much more that goes into it than a pretty picture in the end.”

Junior art education major Becky McCormack agrees, saying, “Being included in even the smallest show adds to my confidence as an artist—a real artist. … Getting out there and being seen, and thinking about and planning with your viewer in mind, is an invaluable skill for and artist to exercise and strengthen.”

External jurors are selected to judge the student submissions which include works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.

Jurors for the exhibition are Kathryn Field, painter and art teacher at Holderness School; Franz Nicolay, professional photographer and teacher at Holderness School and Ron Smith, a woodworker, exhibiting craftsman, visiting artist and teacher, from Bethlehem.

Professor of Art Annette Mitchell concludes, “A successful art career requires an understanding of how the art world works. Because the jurying process is an important part of having an active exhibition record, the Juried Student Exhibition experience can serve as an introduction to what is required for presenting one’s work to a larger audience.

Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 8 p.m.; closed holidays and Sundays. All events are free and open to the public.
For gallery information call (603) 535-2614.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.