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27th Annual Student Juried Exhibition open

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 21:01


Codi Mohr | The Parthenon

Students of Marshall University’s College of Fine Arts submitted their artwork to the 27th Annual Student Juried Exhibition Monday evening.

The Birke Art Gallery, Marshall’s campus gallery, hosted the exhibition of mixed media studied in the School of Art and Design.

Judges chose several works for exhibition and recognized 12 as winners at the opening ceremony.

Works included painting, sculpture, collage and photography, with winners coming from a wide-range of disciplines.  
Winners include Courtney Childers, Brandy Ward, Starling Ellis, Casey Benson, Ana Gaston, Colby Sweester, Sarah Kling, Nikos Karabetos, Tommy Warf, Jason Kiley and Antonio Jones. Each received a cash prize along with recognition in the gallery of his or her achievements.

Byron Clercx, director of Marshall’s School of Art and Design, addressed the importance of competition to the crowd of students and members of the community.

“Part of your job as a student should be to enter every possible competition that you can reasonably get your work into because that’s how you meet your peer group,” Clercx said.

Graduates and undergraduates submitted their work for examination by jurors Benjy Davies and Kathleen Kneafsey.

Davies is a chair of the University of Rio Grande’s School of Fine Arts where he teaches graphic design and printmaking. Kneafsey is the resident ceramics artist of the Huntington Museum of Art since 2000.  
John Farley, gallery director and Marshall alumnus, anticipated positive feedback from students and viewers after witnessing reactions to past shows.  
“Over the last 27 years, this exhibit has blossomed into a highly successful and rewarding juried contest,” Farley said. “For viewers, it will be a treat. For students, it is a great opportunity for their hard work to be recognized and celebrated.”

The 27th Annual Student Juried Exhibition is on display through Friday, Feb. 15 at Birke Art Gallery. The gallery, located on the first floor of Smith Hall, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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