By Sherry Kughn
JSU News Bureau
January 26, 2004 -- Whether or not an art students’ work is “in or out” of Jacksonville State University’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition on Feb. 3rd is a cause for nerves.
“I’m scared to death,” said student Daisy Stanley, who submitted two prints for consideration. “There’s so much good work over there. I’m terribly intimidated.”
The event that Tuesday night will be from 7-9 p.m. in JSU’s Hammond Hall Gallery and will include refreshments. The chosen works will remain on display until Feb. 20.
Art students at JSU had until Friday to submit their work for consideration. More than 40 students registered their work with each listing a couple of pieces of art, so decisions must be made from about 80 submissions.
Stanley isn’t a novice at student art shows. Her submission for last year’s Mini-works on Paper Exhibition won the Student Award. Her anxiety is understandable, though, for the upcoming event because of the competition for the Juried Exhibition.
“We’re proud of this show,” said Charles Groover, head of the art department. “It reflects the quality of our students. They are very talented.”
Work will be shown in the areas of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and ceramics. An overall winner will be named, and ribbons will be awarded for each category. The work has been accumulating from the fall and spring semesters.
Groover said he travels to many art shows where outstanding work is displayed, but he never sees student work equal to that of JSU students. “And our show gets better each year,” he said.
The art department, according to Groover, is accredited by the National Schools of Art and Design, and has a current enrollment of 160 art majors.
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