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1 February 2008

JSU Student Art Exhibit Opens

Blair Eddings won first place in black and white photography during the JSU Department of Art Student Show at Hammond Hall. Photo: Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star

By Matt Kasper
Star Staff Writer

Reprinted here in its entirety.

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 contrasts.

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 glasses.

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."

About Matt Kasper

Matthew Kasper covers Jacksonville, Piedmont, Ohatchee and Alexandria for The Star.

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