Art show displays student work at Vol State

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(Pictured: A series of student art pieces at display in the Ramer Great Hall.  Photo by: Gayla Collier.)

By: Gayla Collier, Staff Writer

Volunteer State Community College is hosting an annual Student Art Show. Student artwork is on display April 19 – May 1.

“It is an annual Juried Exhibition showcasing work of Art students at Vol State. It is free and open to the public. Over 60 original works of art will be on view at the reception and awards ceremony, April 28, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.,” according to the Vol State Website.

“We have had an annual Student Art Show since the school art area was founded over 30 years ago,” said Sue Mulcahy, member of the art faculty.

Students that are taking training in Studio Art courses are required to submit work. They submit artworks from each of the media that they study throughout the year. This can include drawing, painting, printmaking, design, graphic design, digital photo and ceramics.

“This year we had 279 entries and 157 artworks were chosen for exhibition. The art is chosen by an outside Juror, who is always and experienced artist and educator. This year’s Juror was Britt Stadig, an established artist in the region working in printmaking calligraphy and mixed media as well as handmade art books,” said Mulcahy.

At previous student art shows the Art Department has awarded five $100 Juror’s awards of Excellence, four $25 materials awards from Plaza Art Supply and three $150 materials scholarships.

“I think it was cool for students to show off their creativity,” said Leandrew Hayes, a Vol State student.

The Juror and art faculty chose all of the award recipients based on quality and creativity of work.

“The show gives students an opportunity to share their work and experience how to prepare an exhibition. They also learn the impact of competitive exhibition and acceptance of success and rejection,” said Mulcahy.

“This show is the capstone of the art program each year,” said Mulcahy.