2017 Student Juried Exhibition on Display April 3-7

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Fairmont State University Visual Art Department presents the 2017 Student Juried Exhibition in the JD Brooks Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall. 

The exhibition will be on display from April 3 through 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an opening reception Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

This show is the culmination of dozens of entries by our undergraduate art students and was curated by Mike Bowen.Bowen is a Visual Artist living in Huntington with his wife Allison, son Benjamen and three dogs. He received his BFA in ceramics from Marshall University and continued his studies at The University of South Carolina earning a MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2010. He currently teaches at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, as well as at Marshall University in Huntington. He maintains a home studio where he works in a multitude of media and exhibits his work both regionally and nationally.

“Choosing pieces to include in a show like this can be difficult as there is a huge variety to the work itself, as well as the ideas explored and how they are presented to the viewer. In choosing each piece, I not only looked for well-made work but saw something in each one that stood out as a pleasant surprise, be it the quality of line in a drawing, the use of texture in a painting or the cleanliness of assembly. Beyond the formal quality of 'good work' I looked for pieces that were exceptionally well developed, that went beyond just completing an assignment but delved a little deeper, adding a little more about the artist in the final product. I also looked for pieces that seem to be at a jumping off point for the artist, works that hold the most fertile ground and have the most potential to be explored further. This is the most important part for me as a juror, to not only say that the work is worthy of being shown but encouraging young artists that the path they are on is a good one," Bowen said.