Annual Student Art Show opens Feb. 24 in Hermann Fine Arts

Marietta College’s Art Department continues its exhibition season with “Swag: Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition,” from Feb. 24 to March 24 in the Hermann Fine Arts gallery.

An opening reception is scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, on the third floor of Hermann.


This juried exhibition features work done between February 2011 and February 2012, by students enrolled in a Marietta College art or graphic design class. A variety of media will be represented, including drawing, printmaking, oil painting, graphic design, ceramics and photography.


Student work will be juried by Ohio University assistant professor Ray Klimek and Alix Northrup of Ullman Design in Marietta. A best of show prize will be awarded as well as prizes for outstanding work in each medium.


New this year, the show will be curated entirely by students enrolled in the Art History 461: Art of Collecting and Museum Practices class. As part of the curriculum, students will take care of all aspects of the show from developing promotional materials and attending to the press, to installation and display.


“This is a way for students to gain hands-on curatorial and exhibition experience,” said Dr. Chaya Chandrasekhar, Assistant Professor of Art. “It helps build their resumes and prepares them better for museum and gallery work.”


Joe Dillon ’12 (Valley View, Ohio) added, “The class is made up of so many different majors and personalities. We’re all benefitting in different ways. Personally, my career goals include working in a museum or gallery setting, so this practical experience will be so valuable.”


The exhibition and opening are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hermann is handicapped accessible.


“I look forward to the student show every year to see some of the exciting new work that students have produced in the past year,” said Beth Nash, exhibition coordinator.