Students taking Gettysburg College studio art classes have the opportunity for their works to be selected by a renowned professional artist and displayed at Schmucker Art Gallery starting this week.
Outstanding work produced by students during the 2012-13 academic year was selected by juror Steven Pearson for the Juried Student Exhibition 2013. Out of more than 100 submissions, Pearson selected less than half to be exhibited. The works will be on display from March 29 through April 20. Also on exhibit will be Pearson’s Gamut of Hues, new large-scale paintings that investigate the complexities of color and space.
On March 29 at 4 p.m., Pearson will discuss his work and the jurying process, and there will be a presentation of student awards. An opening reception will follow at 5 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public. Building is accessible. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.gettysburg.edu.gallery, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 717-337-6080.
View the gallery of selected student work on Flickr.
In students’ words: The Juried Student Exhibition:
It's really exciting to know that a professional artist is viewing your work and, if your work is selected, that he or she sees something special in it. Art is a hard subject to pursue. There are many doubts and questions that go along with creating something. The thoughts and opinions of professionals are so important to helping young artists make sense of what it is they're doing. Being able to work with a gallery is a rare experience and the Juried Exhibition is one of the coolest opportunities the art department has to offer.
-- Alex McComas ’13, studio art major and history minor
As studio art majors, a majority of us want to be involved in the art world. Whether its in the galleries or museums, or creating works ourselves, being able to see the process of selecting works for a show while receiving feedback is an experience most students can't find elsewhere. I believe that networking is the best tool for preparing yourself for life after Gettysburg College, and the Gallery is a great place to network with many artists and alumnae. Each year, I look forward to the opportunity to participate in the show!
-- Megan Quigg ’14, studio art major and business and art history minor
The opportunity to showcase our artwork as art students is so valuable because it shows the presence of our art community to a wider range of people. It gives us the chance to show others the importance of our field of study and what art means to us. Having the access to a venue like Schmucker Art Gallery provides us with the opportunity to interact with talented artists, such as Steven Pearson, and share our thoughts or ideas together. This is incredibly valuable, especially as an art student that is in a constant transition of developing who they are as an artist.
-- Madison Senseney ’15, studio art major and business minor
Entering my work as a first-year was definitely an adventure – one of my three pieces was selected for exhibition and won an Honorable Mention. That moment was an unexpected but vital piece of encouragement that I needed to go forth with the challenge of adding a studio art major to my existing theatre major. Since then, the Juried exhibition is something that I look forward to, especially since its purpose is to showcase the work other students have been creating throughout the year. The exhibition provides an atmosphere of friendly competition while showing off how vibrant, diverse, and colorful the talent is on this campus. The high caliber of work that my colleagues put in is what inspires me to keep going in my own art.
-- Lisa Del Padre '14, studio art and theatre major and First Place Juried Exhibition Winner in 2012
Steven Pearson (Intermittent Lucidity, acrylic on birch panel, left) is an abstract painter who has exhibited widely, including such places as The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Studio H Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Baltimore/Washington International Airport. He received his B.S. in studio art from the College of Saint Rose, and his M.F.A. in painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Pearson has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio and the Ragdale Foundation. Pearson’s work can be found in several public and private collections. He is an associate professor of art at McDaniel College and paints at the Oliver Street Studios in Baltimore, Md.
About Schmucker Art Gallery
The 1,600-square-foot Schmucker Art Gallery is a lively art space that displays ten to eleven different exhibitions each year. Included in the gallery calendar are shows by local, national, and international contemporary artists, a faculty exhibition, a student exhibition, the annual senior art-major show, and exhibits of works selected from public and private collections. The Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the main floor of Schmucker Hall (conveniently located at the intersection of N. Washington and Water streets) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the visitor parking lots on campus, or free two-hour parking can be found on the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall. The main entrance is through the quadrangle side of the building.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Contact: Nikki Rhoads, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803
Posted: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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