Though the senior art exhibit remains open for a few more weeks and the school year is quickly coming to a close, the GC art department has one more exhibit in store. On April 29, the Hershberger Gallery will display the 2011-2012 Juried Student Art Exhibition. Not limited to art majors or minors, this collection serves to represent the work of all students in art classes over the course of the last year.
“The exhibition is a chance for the students individually and the art department as a whole to showcase the work that is being done in our art classes,” said Kristi Glick, associate professor of art and the coordinator of this year’s Juried Exhibit. “It functions much like the mainstage does for theater, or concerts for the music department. The exhibition is a way for the college community (and hopefully the broader Goshen city community as well) to come and interact with the students and their work.”
The juror for this exhibit is Judy Wenig-Horswell, former GC art professor. Her task is to assess all of the work and select winners from each medium, as well as “Best of Show.” As one who is well-acquainted with the GC art department, Wenig-Horswell will offer knowledgeable insight on the goals of the exhibit and the work submitted.
“As a teacher, Judy has a good grasp of what to look for,” Glick said. “In addition to having taught art for over 35 years, she is also an accomplished artist, both 2-D (drawing and paining) as well as 3-D (jewelry making and small sculpture), so she is uniquely qualified to look a broad range of artworks with a discerning eye—which is important since students can submit work from any media.”
The exhibit is a unique opportunity for art students to see what is involved in a juried show, as well as to practice preparing their work for public display. “This is something that any artist will need to do throughout their career to build their artist’s resume,” Glick said. For many students, GC events like this are their first exposure to the professional exhibition process.
Each student may submit up to 10 works, and any medium is welcome. Submissions can be made April 16-18. Details are available from the art department faculty. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, April 29. The exhibit is open to the public.
By Anna Ruth