A life-size cartoon character hangs from the ceiling in Jacksonville State
University's Hammond Hall Gallery, drawing lots of interest and questions.
Titled "Foreign," it is student Alex Beck's foam core design. The design
accompanies booklets which tell the story behind the design.
Nearby, a photography exhibit by Rebecca Britton, "Mirror Reflections" makes
a statement, too. This display emphasizes that other people see us differently
than we see ourselves.
In the opposite corner, Candace Taylor's three large posters call attention
to concerts by three composers. Her lines and images were guided by the movement
of the music she heard in "Romeo and Juliet" and "Peter and the Wolf," she
explained to viewers.
The Senior Art Exhibition, titled "Gifted Hands," has transformed Hammond
Hall Gallery into a place of discovery, thanks to seven creative and
technically-oriented art majors. Their individual exhibits are samples of their
chosen field in art. Their very best work was required, said instructor Marvin
Shaw, who worked with the students.
"We expected a professional quality and no less," Shaw said. "We want to be
sure they are ready to be competitive. We always encourage them to take their
idea one step further."
This particular show reflects the latest trends in art careers, Shaw adds.
The students in the department are aided by the latest equipment in the labs:
new kilns for ceramics, printers that turn out large format work, and new
computers and new programs in the graphic design room.
The exhibit will be up through April 29.
Mini-Works Show opens May 6
Small scale watercolors, collages, and pen and inks — some the size of a
postage stamp — are coming into the JSU Art Department from May 6-May 30 for the
annual Mini Works How. Artists from the region, the United States and from other
countries participate each year, art instructor Marvin Shaw said. The show,
juried and judged by Betty Mills Groover, is advertised in national and
international magazines, he said.
The idea for having the mini-works show came from now-retired art instructor
Lee Manners in the early 1980s, and it was a concept ahead of its time.
"We started these shows well before the trend of small works exhibits got
started," Shaw said. It has developed into an exhibition that is extremely
attractive to artists, he added, not only because of the challenge in doing such
intricate work, but because their expenses in materials and shipping are less
"We usually receive framed work from Hawaii, Maine, Canada and New York each
year," Shaw said. "It's amazing to see what's being done each year."
Hammond Hall Gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through
Fridays. Stop by department secretary Jane Green's office to gain access to the
There is no admission fee to the shows.
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