Beginner, advanced work showcased in university student art exhibition

Lifestyle Reporter
Ike Julian, art history and anthropology senior, explains his artwork to David Hefner, senior lecturer at the School of Art and Design, March 30 in the Joan Cole Mitte Art Gallery during the All Student Juried Exhibition.

The Texas State School of Art and Design opened its annual All Student Juried Exhibition March 30, featuring the works of program members in an exclusive competition.

The exhibition will run until April 16 in Galleries I, II and III of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building.

Mary Mikel Stump, gallery coordinator, said the display ranges from pieces created in foundation-level courses to thesis works.

Stump said the galleries give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to appreciate artwork created throughout the year. 

"Once a year we get to pat ourselves on our back a little bit, and we get to celebrate the work made in our classes,” Stump said. “Everybody feels good about it."

Stump said sculptures, paintings and videos were selected for the exhibit.

"That’s one of the things that makes it so interesting,” Stump said. “The curator or the juror are not selecting pieces that would make the best exhibit. The things that these (exhibits) have in common are that they were made in classes."

A common theme usually emerges from the displays despite the variation in pieces and mediums, she said.

“You start seeing similar concepts,” Stump said. “Even though it’s not intentional, this is just the things on the mind(s) of the students. Maybe it’s affected by the proximity of our students or current events, but it’s always very interesting to see these things emerge."

Alexander Kamelhair, studio art senior, said he was proud to have his piece selected.

“I submitted a video of a time-made sculpture of a cast ice clock, and I felt honored that they liked it and thought it’d be a great addition to the show,” Kamelhair said.

Julie Carey, studio art senior, experienced mixed emotions after submitting two of her sculptures to the exhibition.

"You really want to make a display for yourself,” Carey said. “You don’t want to look like you don’t know what you’re doing. But at the same time, I was also really excited because you know it looks good on your résumé, and it’s kind of confirming to know you’re on the right track.”

Stump said the gallery benefits students who are selected as well as those who are not.

“I’m always so happy for those students by having their work selected because it’s really meaningful and influential for those students’ lives—for those who get selected and even for those who don’t because they see what to aspire to,” Stump said.

The show offers students in foundation-level classes a chance to gain experience in their fields, Stump said. The exhibit is open to all art students, which allows the school to showcase a variety of content.

“I think one of the most fun things about this show is that there are always pieces selected by the juror that come from some of the foundational classes,” Stump said. “That’s what shows what this exhibition is meant to illustrate, and that is that great work that is being done in all-level courses.”

Stump said she encourages the community to support the student artists while the gallery is active.

“This show is not easily dismissed,” Stump said. “There are really great workings in here.”