Student Juried Exhibit Honors Undergraduates During Awards Reception
November, 2008 — The Annual Student Juried Exhibit opened this month at the Elzay Gallery of Art on the beautiful campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. The show runs through Dec. 17.
A wide range of medium, style and subject matter is represented. This year's show was very competitive, says Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director Melissa Eddings. More than 45 student artists and designers submitted over 120 entries to the jurors, Anne Beekman and Valerie Excobedo, both art professors at the University of Findlay.
Awards were presented during the opening awards reception honoring both the artists, designers, and the jurors on Nov. 4. Awards were presented to the students in the following categories:
Best of Show: Emily Jay
First Place: Margaret Schmidt
Second Place: Arnaldo Jimenez
Third Place: Lauren Bailey
First Place: Jeff Gibbons
Second Place: Chris Gaghan
Third Place: Lindsey McClish
First Place: Andrew Steingass
The Annual Student Juried Exhibit is held to recognize the best in studio art and graphic design produced within the Department of Art & Design throughout the academic year. The competition is designed where respected and qualified outside jurors come in to evaluate the work for originality, creativity, and technical execution.
Juror Valerie Excobedo briefly discussed her selections. "In spite of the diversity of artistic expression in a contemporary society," said Excobedo, "I still believe that craftsmanship is crucial, so technical proficiency is taken into consideration. I also consider the effective use of materials, the content of the work, the clarity of communication, the presentation and the understanding of visual quality. I look for work that engages me, that touches my emotions and my intellect. All of this comes into play when dealing with a public presentation.
"Overall," Excobedo continued, "I felt all the work had merit and I was impressed with what I saw being produced at ONU. I tried, and hopefully succeeded, in highlighting the best and most stimulating of all the submissions."
Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon - 5p.m. For additional information about the University's 2008-09 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the Department of Art & Design at 419-772-2160.