Ouachita Baptist University’s Art Club and Department of Visual Arts are hosting the annual Student Juried Art Show in Hammons Gallery in Mabee Fine Arts Center Jan. 20-Feb. 7. Treslyn Shipley, a sophomore studio art major from Arlington, Texas, won first place for her scratch art piece, “Ms. Charlotte.” A reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the gallery.
“The Student Juried Art Show is an excellent way for students to showcase some of their finest work among their peers,” said Shipley. “The show is not only great experience for each student artist but also an opportunity for Ouachita’s Art Club to become involved in the student body.”
Shipley said her winning piece, “Ms. Charlotte,” is “a portrait of a sweet friend I met through the ElderServe Program,” a program of OBU’s Elrod Center for Family and Community, and she created it “in remembrance of the moments spent with her.”
Shipley added her encouragement to the community to visit the show to see a selection of the talent Ouachita students possess.
“The juried show serves as a showcase of the best of the best artwork Ouachita’s student body has to offer,” said Art Club President Katelyn Smith, a sophomore art and education major from Roe, Ark. “This year we have some works done with interesting media that I feel the student body will enjoy getting to see.”
“Entering juried competitions is an important step in the process of becoming a professional artist,” noted Summer Bruch, assistant professor of visual arts. “It is an honor to be chosen to be in the show. … Only the best of the best are asked to display their work by the juror.”
The juried show is open to all Ouachita students, visual arts major or not, and features more than 30 works from students across campus. David Stoddard, professor of art at Henderson State University, served as juror for this year’s exhibit. Stoddard teaches graphic and media design, computer art and papermaking; his handmade paper art has recently been featured at the Arkadelphia Arts Center.
Kathryn Coffey, a junior studio art and mass communications major from Rowlett, Texas, earned second place for “Coffee Date,” which used coffee grounds and acrylic. Libby Harrington, a junior studio art major from Pearcy, Ark., earned third place for “Arkansas Catfish,” which used recycled cigarette butts, cartons and other found objects.
The Feb. 1 reception will recognize these winners, and other awards also will be announced.
Regular gallery hours for the exhibit are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is also available during evenings when other School of Fine Arts events are held in Mabee Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact Summer Bruch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-4655.
By Brooke Zimny, Assistant Director of Communications