More than 250 works of art will be featured in this year’s 27th annual Juried Student Exhibition, which opens on April 1 in the Fine Arts Building on East Campus.
“The focus of the program is to bring young artists along and help them develop their artwork and instill in them a sense of competition,” said Ken Rosier, ceramics professor and chairman of Art and Drama Department.
Rosier helped start the first exhibition in 1989 and is more than ecstatic as the Student Art Association celebrates its 27th anniversary.
Victoria Gibbons admires some of the work by students who have entered their art pieces into the 27th annual Juried Student Exhibition.
“There is a buzz going on around the Fine Arts Building as students prepare for the exhibition,” Rosier said. “Their immense excitement fills the air and I can’t help but feel the same way. It is necessary to bring students to any endeavor, push their efforts to create a buzz and celebrate their work.”
The student exhibition is a competitive exhibition modeled after other juried competitions in which artists pay a fee to submit work. A juror then selects which works make it into the exhibition and from those selected, the award winners are chosen.
“It is a helpful opportunity for students to experience the juried exhibition process as they continue their fine-arts education,” said Amorette Garza, associate professor of art at Del Mar College and adviser to the Student Art Association.
“This year we had a really good number of entries,” Garza said. “In the past we’ve had a record number of 300, but this year it is still good to have that many entries.”
(Right) Alex Vanzandt discusses with Victoria Gibbons about how some of the work is portrayed. Both Vanzandt and Gibbons have entered some pieces into the art show.
There are three overall awards: Best of Show, $350; second place, $250; and Member’s Choice (selected by SAA membership), $150. In addition, there are $100 awards in all individual categories (19) of Drawing I, II, Design I, II and Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, etc.
The Student Art Association is responsible for all aspects of the exhibition including raising the funds for the cash awards. This year, they raised over $2,600 in awards.
The opening reception for the exhibition will be 6-8 p.m. April 1 on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building. The event is free and open to the public.