Annual Student Exhibition

Dates:  March 19 – April 9, 2013

Tuesday, March 19th

5 pm: juror talk, Cristin Nunez, “Gallery Virgins: How to Court Your First Commercial Gallery”, F. .Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center, room#103

6 pm: exhibition reception and awards

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm

Location: Louisiana Tech University

F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center

1 Mayfield Street, Ruston, LA 71272

The Annual Student Exhibition is one of the most popular and well-attended shows offered by the School of Art at Louisiana Tech University.  A favorite of students, parents, and faculty alike, the show features a selection of the best student work produced during the year. All art students, from freshmen through graduate students are eligible to submit work to the show, but acceptance is competitive.  This year, Cristin J. Nunez, the Assistant Director of Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, has juried the show and determined the award winners.  Her lecture, “Gallery Virgins: How to Court Your First Commercial Gallery” will be offered on Tuesday, March 19 at 5pm in the Taylor Visual Arts Center #103. The awards ceremony, generating much excitement, will follow the lecture.   In addition to best of show, cash prizes will be awarded for one work in each of five categories: communication design, core, photography, studio, and graduate level. All are invited to attend.

The Louisiana Tech Art Galleries are located in the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center between Tech Drive and Mayfield Street in Ruston, next to the Natatorium, and across from A. E. Phillips School.  The galleries are open weekdays from 9am to 4pm and admission is free.  For more information please call the School of Art at 318.257.3909.

For further information please contact:

Jes Schrom, Director

School of Art Galleries

Louisiana Tech University

Phone: 318-257-3909 – or 257- 3796

Juror’s Statement

Thank you to Marie Bukowski for inviting me to jury Louisiana Tech’s 2013 student exhibition, and many thanks to Jes Schrom, who diligently kept in touch with me and helped organize my involvement with the University.  I am happy to be visiting Ruston for the first time and look forward to seeing the student show in person.

Seventy-nine impressive undergraduate and graduate students submitted art for consideration this year.  It was very rewarding to review all of the entries, which ranged from traditional oil painting to video installations to fiber art.  Just as there was a variety in media, there was also a variety in subject matter, and although there is no connecting theme between the selected works, it was refreshing to see such differences in the artists’ personalities.

The most important criterion for selection was that the student have mature sensibilities.  Was the artwork mature in its subject matter, color palette and overall aesthetic?  What was the student trying to say, and could I pick up on the message without having to read the artist’s description of the work?  Did the student have an advanced understanding of his or her materials, and did the finished product look like the artist spent a significant amount of time planning and executing the piece?  With my sales background, I am always conscious of whether a piece looks expensive, and for the working student, quality is paramount when pricing the work.  Paintings and prints should look well thought out with as much work dedicated to the foreground as to the background.  Figures should be proportional, color theory appealing to the eye, and for the many photographers in your program, I was looking for contrasts between value, color, and focus.  I am also drawn to the more spontaneous photographs that show a strong appreciation for negative space.

For the graphic designer in the crowd, I look for readability and for the design that brands a product in the simplest, most organized way.  Font selection and a reduced color palette are important to me.  I believe written communication is most effective when the viewer doesn’t have to sift through visual commotion.  And lastly, the three-dimensional artists deserve kudos for their originality and workmanship.  This year, some of the most conceptual pieces in the show were sculptural, and I appreciate the sculptors’ experimentation with abstraction and scale.

Overall, I could see that many folks in the program have a future in the arts.  Congratulations to all the art students!  I look forward to meeting you in March and having more time to see the surfaces of your lovely pieces.