Anticipation is already running high among art students and professors to see who walks away with the big prize at Lander University’s annual “Juried Student Exhibition.”
The public exhibition, run by the College of Arts & Humanities since the mid-1970s, takes place from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 1, in the Monsanto Art Gallery of the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center.
All student works will be on display through Feb. 22, and categories include sculpture, ceramics, computer graphics, drawing, painting and printmaking, and photography.
More than 50 art students were chosen to enter this year’s competition, and Jim Slagle, associate professor of art and Chair of Lander’s Art Department, said everyone is eager to see the outcome.
“Each student was allowed to submit three works,” Slagle said, “and there will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize in each category, plus honorable mentions and a best in show.”
The exhibition juror will be Fleming Markel, manager of Greenville Technical College’s Riverworks Gallery, who exhibited her work “Pent Up Pink” at Lander in 2017.
In addition to promoting Upstate art and artists, Markel is the original founder of Ten Thousand Villages in Greenville, S.C. During its 10 years in business, Ten Thousand Villages offered unique gifts, jewelry, home décor, art, sculpture and textiles, all handcrafted by artisans in more than 30 countries worldwide.
“Fleming will pick all the winners in this year’s juried exhibit, and she also judged which works made it in,” said Jon Holloway, Monsanto Art Gallery director. “This year’s show features approximately 70 art pieces out of more than 150 submitted by all arts students – from freshmen to seniors. This will be one of the largest exhibits the gallery has installed and is a testament to the exceptional artwork Lander students are creating.”