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Annual juried art show open now


Jacksonville State University's Annual Juried Student Art show is open in Hammond Hall again.

Students from the art department admit some of their best pieces in competition for their work to be put on display.

The categories of painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design, design I, II, & III, sculpture, watercolor, black & white photography, color photography, and mixed media are the competitive entries.

While there was not a specific prize, the recognition from peers and the privilege of having work displayed Hammond Hall is great for any student in the art department on campus.

On Thursday, March 6th, 2014, Hammond Hall opened its doors with an open reception at 5 p.m. for students, faulty, family and friends.

The exhibition will remain open for viewing until Friday, March 21st, 2014 in Hammond Hall. Exact times and dates that the gallery will be open are unknown. However, the receptionist of the Hammond Hall will be more than happy to answer any questions regarding viewings.

The exhibit has several JSU students, such as John Simmons and Shannon Albeise along with others who earned first place in the competition, whose work is exceptional and should be viewed.

Despite receiving only honorable mentions in the competition, the work of Sarah Hawkins and Matt Blaskowski is more than worth viewing as well.

While each exhibit piece speaks for itself, to hear from the creators on what inspired them is even more rewarding.

John Simmons’ “Papa”, a wood composed piece of mixed media, was inspired by his grandfather and named for what Simmons used to call his grandfather, and the media used symbolize small things his grandfather liked to do.

Sarah Hawkins, on her B&W Photography: “Self Portrait”, says, “It was a spur of the moment inspiration brought on by artistic instinct."

First place winner, Shannon Albeise, with his piece Design I: “Rain”, was in shock of placing and Matt Blaskowski, with B&W Photography: “Mirror Lake”, was just as in awe of the moment.

At a point, a patron and long time professor in the art department, stood and said, "It is a pleasure to teach these young people, but even more incredible to witness the work they are capable of."

That certainly encompasses what the Hammond Hall gallery hides insides its walls.

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