JACKSONVILLE — Outside, the rain was pouring. Inside, the artists were beaming.
The opening Tuesday night of the Jacksonville State University juried student
art exhibit offered attendees something worth stepping out of the rain for:
paintings, photographs, life-size sculptures …
"It's getting larger with more and more participants," said Gale Brodie,
gallery coordinator at Hammond Hall, where the art is on display.
All the featured work comes from the previous semester by graduates or
students in the Department of Art.
The free display is at the Hammond Hall Gallery through Feb. 15.
At the beginning of the night, students were recognized in each medium.
Works such as JSU senior Blair Eddings' "Death Mask One and Death Mask Two"
earned top recognition.
The self-portraits of her wearing a black masquerade mask developed out of a
class project on dreams, death and desire, she said.
"I was out of ideas," she said. "So I said to people I planned it all along."
Another winner, JSU sophomore Anna Maria Jacobs, said the inspiration for her
graphic design piece "China" was the role opera plays in Chinese culture.
Black and white were the assigned colors, but the touches of red, she
decided, were the missing ingredient.
For Andy Hug, a JSU junior, winning first place for his photo "Reflections"
was a nice opportunity to savor a snapshot of temperature and lighting
His winning photo uses the contrast in lighting from Regents Bank and street
lights around the Jacksonville Square as his brother stands in front of a yellow
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle with aviator glasses.
"I like the mirror effect," he said, pointing to the reflection in the
University art exhibits offer an education for the public about what students
are capable of, said Gary Gee, painting and drawing professor at JSU.
"What we do here is to motivate them through art history, so they can resolve
the age old question 'seek ye the truth," he said.
"We get them to think 360 degrees and not put blinders on."
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