March 11, 2013

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Hosts 15th Annual Juried Student Art Competition March 11-April 5

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Department of Art will award $500 in prize money during the opening reception of the 15th Annual Juried VSU Student Art Competition at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11.

Julie Bowland, VSU Fine Arts Gallery director, noted that 77 students entered 205 pieces of artwork in the spring 2013 competition. This year’s competition judge, Alan MacTaggart, chairman and professor of art and humanities at Georgia Regents University, selected 107 works created by 57 students to be featured in the exhibit, which runs through April 5.

“There is some beautiful work to be sure,” said Bowland, VSU Department of Art professor. “It is a strong showing, mostly representative of what is happening in the art department, but there are some pieces from outside the art department as well. The works are diverse, well-crafted, and thoughtful from very talented students.”

The annual Juried VSU Student Art Competition is open to all registered Valdosta State students, regardless of their major. Students are allowed to enter a maximum of five pieces of original two-dimensional and three-dimensional work, including graphic design, illustration, interior design, animation, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, painting, aqueous media, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and sculpture.

Bowland noted that roughly half of the artwork selected for this year’s competition is three-dimensional.   

The VSU Fine Arts Gallery is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, at the intersection of Brookwood Drive and Oak Street. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

The 15th Annual Juried VSU Student Art Competition is sponsored by Mirate Eye Center.

Contact Julie Bowland at (229) 333-5835 or to learn more.

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NOTE: The Student Art Gallery features an exhibit of works from Assistant Professor of Art Craig Hawkins’ figure drawing class. This gallery is also located on the first floor of the VSU Fine Arts Building.