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AMUM to wrap up student exhibition with Juror Tyler Stallings lecture

The Art Museum at The University of Memphis will host a lecture from Tyler Stallings to close out its 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition this Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in room 310 of the Arts & Communication Building.

Stallings, who has served as the juror over this exhibition, is known for a range of curatorial work that focuses on political, social, popular culture, and science-fictional thinking themes with an emphasis on large-scale installation, painting and photography.

“I want to thank the University of Memphis for inviting me to be the juror for the 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition,” Stallings wrote in his juror statement. “The Art Department should be very pleased with itself for having the opportunity to exhibit such a strong showing of works.”

Stallings currently serves as the director of Orange Coast College’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. He was Artistic Director at UCR ARTSblock’s CulverCenter of the Arts (2007-2017), and was chief curator at Laguna Art Museum (1999-2006).

More than 50 students entered 169 works to be featured in the 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Of those, 43 artworks by 43 artists were selected by Stallings to be featured in a month-long showcase of student art at AMUM.

“During the selection process, I tended to look for work that presented an innovative exploration of materials and content,” Stallings said. “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.”

In addition to this event, the Jack Robinson Gallery in the historic South Main Arts District will host a Salon des Refusés in response to the 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition on Friday, February 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Many of the artists who entered work in the juried exhibition at AMUM will have works that were not chosen for display featured in that show.

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