Southeastern’s Juried Visual Arts + Design Student Exhibition, which spans from Feb. 23 to March 14, showcases works from students enrolled in the many different design classes offered by Southeastern.
“The Juried Student Exhibition is where all the design students of Southeastern come and submit their works that they’ve worked on in class to be juried by professional jurors or professors from other universities. It gives the students a chance to see what it’s like to submit their works to real galleries before they go out in the world,” said Savannah Perrin, a gallery staff member and Senior at Southeastern studying graphic design.
The Juried Exhibition, which occurs every Spring semester, accepts works that were made during the last three semesters, and were created in class by students enrolled in design-oriented classes. The submitted works had to be exhibition ready, meaning artwork needed to be ready to hang with appropriate frames or mats.
“Really, just good presentation and good craftsmanship are the main requirements to get accepted. It really depends on what format or media it’s in. As long as it’s presented well, it looks like a nice piece, and you can tell that the student worked really hard on it, it has a good chance of being accepted,” said Julia Torres, a gallery staff member, Junior and graphic design major, and winner of “Best in Print” at the Juried Student Exhibition.
However, not all submitted works are accepted to be displayed in this Juried Student Exhibition. “We actually had about 200 submissions this year, and only about 120 submissions were accepted in the end,” said Torres.
The Juried Student Exhibition also gives awards to students whose art is deemed the best in their specific medium or category. “Jurors or professors give awards to the best pieces in certain categories, like “Best in Show” or ‘Best in Ceramics,’” said Torres.
Torres’ submission was a poster that she designed for the New Orleans Film Festival. “So for the New Orleans Film Festival, we had to make a poster advertising for that event and it was a set of two. I incorporated photography and a kind of screen print- feel to the posters, and I ended up receiving Best in Print for one of the submissions.”
With such a wide array of media on display, the Juried Student Exhibition has a variety of different works to see. “We have at least a few pieces from every class represented. We have a bit of animation, some ceramics, 3D sculpture, graphic design, environmental design. Pretty much every medium has some representation at the exhibition,” said Torres.
“For anyone visiting the Exhibition, I would definitely recommend seeing Trent’s piece, which won ‘Best in Show.’ A lot of our photography submissions are really awesome, so I’d recommend checking those out as well. I’m partial to all of the graphic design submissions, of course. That and the environmental design submissions too.”
The Juried Visual Arts + Design Student Exhibition is being held in Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery until March 14.