Exhibit Spotlights Student Artists, One Night Only

Published: December 02, 2014 | Author: Bailey Bowthorpe | Read Time: 2 minutes

Art student Randy Seeley completing a sketch. For an artist, a painting is a visual expression of his or her talent and skill, but it’s just apiece of canvas if no one can view it. Taking the paintings off the easels and transferring the sculptures from the kilns, Art Insights is creating a one night only event for art students to parade the projects they have conscientiously crafted this semester.

Forgoing its typical schedule of visiting professionals, Art Insights have put students on the docket in its 13th annual Show-Off exhibit. Students within SUU’s Department of Art & Design will put on display their best-of-the-semester work Thursday, December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sharwan Smith Student Center Convention Center.

Art featured in the event includes ceramics, watercolors, drawings, oil paintings, photography and other digital media.

Andrea Barney, a senior art education major who will be displaying a painting, stated the Show-Off Art Insights is her favorite of the semester.

“There is something about being able to see and appreciate finished work in a gallery like setting that makes it more exciting,” Barney said. “After a long semester spent working on various art projects, this event is a satisfying way to be able to show off all that hard work and appreciate the creativity and talent of others.”

Barney, like so many other visual art students, values the close mentorship of professors and the hands-on approach to learning she receives at SUU.

“We have some incredibly talented and experienced professors who are genuinely invested in the students’ work and success,” she said. “The faculty members here take the time to personally teach and train me in their area of expertise, in order to help me grow and learn as much as possible.”

Also attributing the professors as reason for her success is Dylan Lowe, a junior graphic design major. Lowe added that her professors allow her to have creative control over her projects allowing her to learn the type of artist she hopes to be.

“Because of that, I feel this semester has been the most influential in gaining confidence and important skills as a designer,” she said.

Art Insights’ Show Off exhibit is free and open to the public. Much of the work on display will also be available for purchase. For more information about SUU’s Department of Art & Design visit suu.edu/pva/art

Photo: Randy Seely, senior art education major, completes a sketch. 

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