Northwest Arts Center Juried Student Art Show goes online

MINOT, N.D. –  On Friday, April 17, the Northwest Arts Center at Minot State University will open their annual Juried Student Art exhibition online.

Open to all Minot State University students, the Juried Student Show has been a campus tradition since the early 80s. Normally exhibited in The Walter Piehl Gallery in the Northwest Arts Center, the show gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally-styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.

“The show is an annual experience for students to learn the process of preparing artwork for an exhibition, submitting work, and experiencing the results of a juried show. Beyond building professional skills, it is intensely rewarding for students to see their work on display in a gallery,” Greg Vettel, Northwest Arts Center director, said. “With the disruptions to the campus and our way of life, moving the JSS online reclaims some opportunity and normalcy for our students in uncertain times.”

The competition invites area and regional artists, educators, and other art professionals to serve as jurors each year.

Ian Mabry, assistant professor of art at Dickinson State University, is serving as 2020 juror. With a focus in ceramics, Marby brings an eye to three-dimensional work to his jurying, perhaps and irony in the current situation.

“Traditionally, jurors for our student show visit the campus, judge submissions in person, and work with students as guest artists,” Vettel said. “To adapt, students submitted photos and digital images, which were processed by Northwest Arts Center staff and provided to Ian, similar to our professional juried exhibitions. We are planning to have Ian present remotely to still allow students that opportunity for interaction.”

The Juried Student Show will be available at the Northwest Arts Center’s website and through their and the Minot State University Art Department social media handles. The Northwest Arts Center can be found on Facebook @NorwestArtsCenter, Twitter @arts_northwest, and Instagram @northwestartscenter. The Minot State University Art Department can be found on Facebook @MSU-Art-Department and Instagram

The show will run from April 17 through May 15. This program is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Published: 04/15/20   

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