The Cress Gallery of Art is hosting The UTC Department of Art 2012 Juried Student Exhibition, an annual tradition of the Cress Gallery and the UTC Department of Art. The exhibition runs until January 29. Gallery hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Cress and all its events are free and open to the public.

This year’s Juried Student Exhibition presents a wide array of works that reference and find place in the broader issues and current trends of contemporary art and studio practice.  Selected works range from the UTC Department of Art’s Foundation Level Program through the Upper Level curriculum of the Department’s four Bachelor of Arts degrees: Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Arts, 3-D Studio Sculpture / Ceramics, and Graphic Design; and as well the Department’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS Art Education).

This year’s student exhibition was judged by William T. Dooley, Director and Curator of the Sarah Moody Gallery at University of Alabama. From 145 works submitted by students in the first through fourth year of study, the juror selected 64 works created by 54 individuals.

“The works submitted to this exhibition convey a strong sense of draftsmanship, design, and self-expression. These explorations with materials, process, concept, and content are potent. I appreciate the craftsmanship of many pieces, and I am encouraged by a sense of questioning and discovery found in the works submitted. There is a feeling of energy and excitement,” Dooley said.

An awards list is available below:

Juror’s Best in Show

Aaron Cowan, 4th year BFA Sculpture Major

“Deferred Gratification”

video of the artist’s performance

running time 13min 15sec

class: Advanced 3-D Studio, Fall 2011

Juror’s Award of Excellence

Matthew Dutton, 4th year BFA Sculpture Major

“The Collector”

sculpture: cast resin, fur, bone, antlers, found objects, and mixed media

dimensions: 75” x 20” x 30”

class: 3-D Studio III, Fall 2011

Juror’s Award of Excellence

Brent Weston, 4th year BFA Painting and Drawing Major

“Doors Have Been Put on Walls Before”

painting: mixed media, found objects on roofing paper, metal, and wood

dimensions: 96” x 20” x 30”

class: Painting V, Fall 2011

Juror’s Award of Excellence

Jan Burleson, 2nd year Art Pre-Major

“Solemnity: The Destruction of the Rochambeau #14”

drawing: pastel on paper

dimensions: 24” x 18”

class: Drawing V, Fall 2011

Juror’s Merit Award

Murphy McCracken, 4th year BFA Painting and Drawing Major

“Dream State #1”

painting: mixed media and collage elements on wood

dimensions: 20” x 16”

class: Painting V, Fall 2011

Juror’s Merit Award

Sara Rouse, 4th year BFA Painting and Drawing Major

Untitled

Installation: mixed media and found material on wood, chicken wire, fabric.

dimensions: 112” x  156” x 16”

class: Painting V, Fall 2011

Curator’s Award

Katie Holden , 4th year Painting and Drawing Major

Untitled

painting: oil, acrylic, pvc pipe, tubing, ribbon, found objects, imitation jewels on wood

dimensions: 37” x 36” x 12”

class: Painting V, Fall 2011

The Cress Gallery of Art is located in the lobby of the UTC Fine Arts Center, at 752 Vine Street.

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