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Photo essay: Annual Student Art Exhibition

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Colleen Cragun’ s “The ZuZu Channel” is a digital animation that won the Ann Elizabeth Collins ‘73 Memorial Award in Studio Art. Photo Courtesy of Colleen Cragum


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The current art exhibition in Dupont Gallery is UMW’s Annual Student Art Exhibition. This exhibition contains student work from the past year that has been both created in a studio art class at UMW and selected by this year’s juror, Aaron Fine. Fine is a professor and department chair of art, design and art history at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. 

The role of a juror is to review all of the student submissions and select the work that they think has the best quality and depth. Fine was also responsible for selecting a number of awards for the show. 

“I look forward to the Annual Student Art Exhibition every year because it’s really cool to see all your classmates work in the same place,” said Colleen Cragun, a senior double major in studio art and psychology. “It is really exciting to finally see your own art up in a gallery after so long.” 

Below are a few pieces that are in the Annual Student Art Exhibition. All of the following information is from the UMW galleries website and gallery labels. 

Blaine Hower’s “Cataract” is a piece made of wrapping paper, wooden skewers, cardboard and glue.
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Kendall McCracken’s “Transformation” is stoneware clay.        
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Jasper Drilling’s piece “Hiding” is oil on canvas and won the Emil. R. Schnellock Award for Excellence in Painting.            
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Leah Brinkley’s piece “Cross Belief” is made of wood, papier-mâché, yarn, clay, paint nails, string, fabric, polyfill, ribbon and pantyhose.                       
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Maeve Powers Gilmartin’s piece “Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Still Life” is oil on canvas.Emily Warren / The Weekly Ringer

The exhibit will be open until April 24. The hours of both Dupont and Ridderhof Martin Galleries are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The galleries are closed during UMW holidays and breaks, and admission is always free.