This Saturday, Art Museum of the University of Memphis will host opening reception for the 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition from 3 to 6 p.m.
The exhibition will host works of UofM students across a variety of media including paintings, sculpture and graphic design. 51 students submitted 169 works of art for display, and 43 works from 43 students were selected for this year’s exhibition.
“During the selection process, I tended to look for work that presented an innovative exploration of materials and content,” said Exhibition Juror Tyler Stallings in his juror’s statement. “The jurying process represents only one person’s point of view so I hope that it is not a discouragement to anyone whose work was not selected. In the end, passion for one’s own vision and perseverance are often what make a successful artist, that is, more than being in one juried exhibition, in addition to seeing oneself beyond the university’s context where one’s peers and teachers have been the main audience while a student.”
Stallings’ curatorial work focuses on political, social, popular culture, and science-fictional thinking themes with an emphasis on large-scale installation, painting and photography. Currently, he is director of Orange Coast College’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion.
Featured artists will be in attendance at Saturday’s opening reception for an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.
“This year, we have a brand-new addition to our awards with the Jack Robinson Photography Award,” said Jason Miller, Museum Media Specialist with AMUM. “The surprise winner of that will be unveiled Saturday.
As part of this annual exhibition, students work alongside museum professionals like Miller to determine the best way to display their work.
“We encourage students to come to the museum and help us set everything up for hands-on museum experience,” Miller said. “Together, we figure out things like how to install a piece, placement and lighting.”
Works on display include photography from Jonquil Lindsey, digital art from Ladonna Duncan and ceramic work from Rachel Stovall Davis.
“Everything here is really representative of what happens in the art department here at the University of Memphis,” Miller said. “We’ve got so many different pieces on display
The 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition will be available for viewing through February 29. Admission to the Art Museum of the University of Memphis is free of charge. For more information, visit memphis.edu/amum/exhibitions.