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School of Art and Design announces online juried art exhibition

Sculptures and painting installation.
The Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition is going virtual for 2020. A previous show is depicted here.

Ohio University School of Art + Design announces that for the first time its annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition will be presented exclusively online and will accept submissions of work exclusively through a virtual platform. 

More than $1,000 in awards for undergraduate students will be awarded. These awards include those given by jurors funded by entry fees; two awards funded by the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office; the Jose Guadalupe Aguilar Award for Printmaking, which is awarded  to works that exhibit a passion for the unique and expressive qualities inherent within traditional and contemporary modes of printmaking; a gift certificate from the College Bookstore; the School of Art + Design Director’s award; and four President’s Awards selected by Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis and First Lady Ruthie Nellis.

All undergraduate students enrolled in a School of Art + Design class are eligible. The Undergraduate Juried Exhibition opens online on Nov. 17.

The jurors for this year's exhibition are Haylee Ebersole, MFA ‘13 (Printmaking), and John Burt Sanders, MFA ‘11 (Painting and Drawing). Both jurors will select the artwork to be showcased in the exhibition, and on the School of Art + Design’s social media platforms. A series of video interviews with selected artists will provide a special in-depth look at the students and their work. The Undergraduate Juried Exhibition can be viewed online on the school’s Facebook and Instagram handle @ohiouniversityartgalleries and on its Twitter handle @ohiouartgallery. 

Awards Announcements and Juror Talks 

Ebersole and Sanders will host an artist lecture on Microsoft Teams, where the awards for the exhibition will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 18, beginning at 5 p.m. Details will be posted on calendar event listing.

The School of Art + Design continues the tradition of showcasing student talent even during unconventional times, says Courtney Kessel, director of Ohio University Galleries and instructor in the School of Art + Design.

“I think it is extremely important to show the work our students are currently engaged in. By inviting outside professional artists to jury the work each year, students are challenged through the lens of an artist or curator in the contemporary art world,” Kessel said. “This is a huge accolade for a student interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Each year, there is a different feel to the show. This is a result of both the juror(s) and the work submitted. I can’t wait to see what this year holds. We are open to image-based submissions, video, and even hosting performance art live on our social media platforms.”

Ebersole and Sanders open a two-person show, Soft Relay, at Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center on Nov. 3. Ebersole is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, print media, and installation. Sanders’ most recent exhibit “Join” displayed new paintings at UnSmoke Systems in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Both reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The exhibit ends Nov. 28 and is viewable during open gallery hours.

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