The 2015 Juried Student Exhibition is at UWG from Jan. 15 to Feb. 19. The exhibition is an annual competition that is open to all current UWG students. Students can visit the exhibit in the Bobick Gallery and Gallery Two, which are located in the Humanities building. The event is free and open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and submissions for the event are open to all students and majors.
“It’s great for the students to see how the art gallery exposition works, because it is always going to be subjective,” said Stephanie Smith, Lecturer and Gallery Coordinator. “A student might get in one, but not the next.”
While the art selection process is subjective, the judging of the artwork remains objective. Students can submit up to five pieces of artwork, and every year a new juror is selected to decide which of those pieces will be displayed.
“The reason for selecting a different juror each year is to keep the judging objective,” Smith continued. “It is not someone that ever sees the student work.”
This year’s selected juror is Jessica Scott Felder, a Fulton County Fellowship recipient. She has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Georgia State University. Her recent exhibitions were in the A.I.R. Gallery in New York; she also had a solo installation and performance exhibition at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Ga. in 2013. Currently, she is an instructor at Spelman College.
Each juror has their own process to select the pieces for the show. For Jessica Scott Felder, she picked out pieces that were within themes and how they were related to each other.
“We do not dictate to the juror how they should select the works,” Felder said. “This can be interrupted in terms of the themes of work, the content of the work or the aesthetics of the work.”
The Bobick Gallery theme is serious, dark and reserved. Gallery Two’s theme is the opposite; it is more playful and exuberant. Both Scott and Smith use the themes, content or aesthetics of the works to create a cohesive flow in both galleries. The layout of the Bobick Gallery is more open than Gallery Two.
“Gallery Two is crowed, but for a student show I think it is great to have as much work as you can representing the UWG student body,” said Felder. “I do think this year it is one of the strongest shows.”
The reception for the awards took place Jan. 22.
“The work featured in UWG’s 2015 Juried Student Exhibition revolves, explores and contrasts present in the art-making process,” said Felder. “With the UWG having two spaces for one exhibition, I saw this as an opportunity to embrace the dualistic playfulness of observation and expression.
By definition, duality consists of two contrasting parts forming a balanced unit,” continued Felder. “From creation and destruction, to the monochromatic and polychromatic, this exhibition revolves around contrasts present in the dualistic playfulness of observation and expression.”
Melissa Ward is a senior majoring in Fine Arts and was the first place winner in the two-dimensional art category. Her piece is a lithography print titled “I Promise You Will Like It.”
Another senior majoring in Fine Arts, Dallas Bryan, won second place for his relief print on paper called “Spirit Hawk.” He used blue ink for the background. For the hawk, he used yellow and brown ink. The background has its own design that makes the hawk pop out more.
Jacob Smith is a junior majoring in Biology and won third place for his piece “Self Portrait after the style of Robert Longo.” He puts a personality into his art, and the shading is precise.
Olivia Winslow, a senior majoring in Fine Arts, won first place for the three-dimensional art. Her piece is called “They’re Dangerous, But So Are We,” and it is made with cast bronze, ceramics and wood. This piece is a shark with a hand coming out of its mouth.
Fine Arts major Jessie Duke won second place for three-dimensional art. Her piece, “Appalachiosaurus,” is made with basswood and feathers.
Amy Smoot, a senior majoring in Fine Arts, won third place for three-dimensional art. Her piece is called “Foundation,” and it is made with ceramic and wood.
Kristin Patrick and Hannah Jo Kinna both won the title of Best in Show. Brittany Michelle Gilbert, Tiffany Morris and Katlin Buck each won a merit award.