Students display work at annual exhibition

The Department of Art at Sam Houston State University is hosting the 19th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is open to public viewing for the student exhibition March 26 through April 13.

Every year, the Department of Art allows students to submit their own work to display for a juried exhibition. The work that is displayed and overviewed by the juried group are some of the best and strongest pieces made by the students of SHSU. The works of art created by students are different types of concepts, varying media forms and hybridized types of art pieces, such as painting, drawing, graphic art, photography and animation.

Each year comes a different juror, and this year it will be Dennis Nance, an artist and curator currently based in Galveston. Nance is from Houston and has years of experience with exhibitions and artists. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Austin College with a concentration in Fine Arts and French. Now, he works as a curator at the Galveston Arts Center.

“The selection process can be very competitive in a juried exhibition,” Art Gallery Coordinator Max Manning said. “This year we received 96 submissions to be considered for the show, and the juror included 34 works in the show. It is a great accomplishment for the students in the show to have been selected by our juror.”

Based on the selections of the juror, awards will be given to students. According to the event page, “There will also be a ‘People’s Choice Award’ that is based on voting that takes place in the gallery the first four days the exhibition is open to the public.”

According to Manning, Nance selected the following artists to be in the show: Emma Payne, Alison Schmidt, Baraa AlJuhani, Cale Harell, Kathryn Anne Alcala, Dankai, Amanda Allison, Cheryl Gryta, Dakota Rogers, Sarah Doverspike, Annaliza Martinez, Kimberly Van Dyke, Miguel Parra, Daniella Mata, Mike O’ Hara, Magda Martinez, Bri Newton, Oranda Dillard, Jaycie Frazier, Elizabeth Carter and Vivian Harold. ​

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. On Thursday, the opening reception and award ceremony will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery with light refreshments. All events are free and open to the public.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located at 1028 21st Street. A reception will be held on Thursday.

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