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University Art Gallery Presents 2019 Juried Student Show

The University Art Gallery displayed the 2019 Juried Student Show, an exhibition of student artwork from April 11 to May 4.

The show featured juried selections from students who created artwork in the concentrations of studio art, photography and video and graphic design.

2019 Juried Student Show
2019 Juried Student Show in the University Art Gallery

The show was juried by Doug Highland, a San Luis Obispo-based photographer and professor from Cuesta College with a Master of Fine Arts from University of Arizona. Highland selected pieces from more than 100 submissions and determined winners in each category. This was the first year the Art and Design Department accepted digital submissions, which made the submission process free for students for the first time.

The University Art Gallery hosted an opening reception on Thursday, April 11 to celebrate the students’ work and announce Best of Show winners. For many of the selected students, the Juried Student Show was their first opportunity to display their artwork in a gallery.

“It’s really nice to see your work presented in a professional way in the gallery, with nice lighting and clean white walls,” studio art senior Haley Sylvers, who won Best of Show in the 2-Dimensional category. “It’s also nice to get a validation that your work resonated with some people.”

The only submission requirement was to submit artwork that was made in an Art & Design class. This resulted in an accumulation of artwork from a wide range of mediums, from video to graphic design to sculpture.

2019 Juried Student Show
2019 Juried Student Show in the University Art Gallery

“I usually don’t get to see work from the other concentrations as much, so this was an awesome opportunity to see everyone else’s work,” graphic design junior Amber Chiang, who won Best of Show for Graphic Design, said.

“Being able to showcase your work with so many other talented artists is really cool,” studio art senior Kori Bartlett, who won Best of Show in the 3-Dimensional category, said.

The Juried Student Show was on display from April 11 to May 4. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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