Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Annual Student Show Reincarnated!

As most of you know, we now have a third full-time professor in the Art Department: Ann Piper. Ann comes to us from a tenured position in painting and drawing at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Ann was there for ten years, and came to Susquehanna to take the lead in establishing a first-rate studio art program. 2008/2009 is Ann's first year at SU, and she has been a huge hit with students. One of the best things she did this year was to revive the Annual Student Show, which hadn't been held in 4 years. In addition to bringing the show back to life, Ann drastically changed the way in which the show is put together. Instead of just hanging something from every student in every class as had been done in the past, Ann made entry entirely optional. Jurors then selected the exhibition from all of the entries, and gave awards in two categories: fine arts and graphic design. The fine arts juror was renowned painter Aaron M. Brown, and the graphic design juror was Amanda Lenig '07.

The opening was held in the newly renovated art studio building, which in the space of a year has gone from embarrassing to spectacular. We realized the student show would be the perfect chance to show off the new space, which is an addition to the old building with an entirely glass wall that offers great light for painting and drawing.

The following pieces were selected by Amanda as the winning entries in the design category:

First Place: Joe Pilcavage

Second Place: Tracy Brauner

Third Place: Jessica Oswald


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