By Taylor Rexrode
Art students spend weeks and weeks developing a repertoire of work. In the spring, their hard work pays off in an exhibition for other students, family and friends to see.
The Martin Museum of Art will show a student exhibition beginning at 5:30 p.m. today and ending April 15.
The exhibition will begin with a reception and awards presentation.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Baylor students who entered their various art pieces to the exhibition — from paintings to drawings, ceramics to textiles — were put in the running for eight awards of $100 each.
Sedrick Huckaby, a University of Texas at Arlington assistant art professor, served as a guest juror unaffiliated with Baylor.
He determined the winners out of the approximately 200 entries. He also chose the 80 pieces put on display in the exhibition.
Karin Gilliam, director of the Martin Museum of Art, said students would not even know if they were chosen for the exhibition until the doors opened on opening night.
“Certainly the process of entering a juried exhibition is a very good experience for our students because that is one way that once they leave school they will get their work out there and have it become known,” Gilliam said. “The exhibitions that galleries have and organizations have are very similar to the way we do this one, so it gives them an idea of what to expect and gives them an idea of how stiff the competition can be.”
Several student art pieces will also be for sale.
Gilliam said this will give art students a chance to gain real world experience and will give other students the opportunity to start gathering their collection of original artwork.
Information on the pieces for sale and the prices will be available at the museum’s reception desk.
Gilliam also said there will be a People’s Choice award of $100 for the artist who gets the most votes for their artwork.
Voting will be open from at 5:30 p.m. today until April 9.