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Second Year Graduate Student Exhibition shows off student talent

Student-planned art exhibition opens on Tuesday

The School of Art’s annual exhibition put on by second year graduate students will begin on Jan. 18 and will run until Feb. 17.

The Second Year Graduate Student Exhibition, “Interstice,” will be showing in the Ohio University Gallery in Seigfred Hall.

The title of the show, “Interstice,” comes from the time in the graduate students’ educational career, where they have one year down and one more to go. The name represents this strange juncture in the artists’ lives and will be reflected through the art.

“It gives us a chance to see what our peers have been up to in their studios, as well as a place to talk about our work outside of our studios.  It also strengthens our sense of community, working together to make a well curated, attractive and interesting show,” said Natalie Preston, a second year student and gallery assistant of the exhibition.

This exhibition also gives a chance for those outside the fine arts community to peek into a world they might not otherwise be familiar and to see something they may have never seen before.

“We put a lot of hard work into it, but it's not just for us. It's also a really critical show as far as allowing the University, graduate students and undergrads alike, the opportunity to come check out what fine art graduate students do,” said Preston. “People who may not be taking any art classes can come look at the art, and get interested in some things that maybe they weren't exposed to before.”.

The exhibition highlights a wide variety of artistic mediums such as ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography and video, with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary with new media playing a role in some pieces.

The show is free and open to the public during gallery hours, which are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.