Elizabethtown College is holding its 25th Annual Juried Student Art Show. The show will house roughly 77 pieces of original, student-created art. Anyone is allowed to submit artwork, as long as it was created in an Etown art class or under the supervision of an Etown art faculty member. The art pieces will be judged by a juror, who will determine if the art piece is accepted into this year’s show and will also allocate the awards.
“We started doing the show in the Susquehanna Room and then moved it to the High Library after it was constructed,” art professor Dr. Milton Friedly stated. “The show was moved to the Hess Gallery, after Zug Memorial Hall was renovated and then finally to the Lyet Gallery, once the Leffler Chapel and Performance Center was completed.”
The juror chosen to judge the pieces is Claire Lavin, who is the founder and executive director of the new Marietta Art House in Marietta, Pa. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, and she has been consistently working in the art business for almost 40 years. In 2003, Lavin received the Artist of the Year award from the city of Casselberry, Fla. According to Friedly, “She chose 77 works from 136 entries and selected the awards. The awards will be announced April 23 as part of SCAD [Scholarship & Creative Arts Day].”
As it is the 25th anniversary, some may expect a larger celebration or reception. However, that will not be the case for this anniversary. Everything will operate as usual in the show. The student art goes on display starting on March 25, as in previous years. There will be an opening reception and award ceremony in the Lyet Gallery in Leffler Chapel on Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m.
Each student is allowed to submit three pieces of original art in each of the following categories: ceramics, computer art, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The student must submit their own, original artwork. The 25th Annual Juried Student Art Show will offer a large array of original student artwork already on display in the gallery, even prior to the show’s official opening in April. Although this year’s deadline to enter the show already passed, you can always hold onto your art and submit it next year.
Many students have submitted their pieces this year, but only a selected few are allowed the privilege of displaying their artistic talents.
Junior Zach Link, a double major in Japanese and fine arts, submitted several pieces of his own artwork, including those accepted under the titles of “Living in Kasai,” “Self Portrait,” “Fishman” and “Profile.” Link submitted seven pieces in three categories and, of those pieces, the four that were chosen for the show are his favorites, and he has expressed that he is glad they were chosen. Three of Link’s four pieces: “Self Portrait,” “Fishman” and “Profile” were submitted under the drawing category and were completed in his drawing class. “The drawings took roughly two hours a piece; [they] are pretty straightforward,” Link commented.
“Living in Kasai” is a top roll on an etching, the process is very intricate and painstaking, and it involves the use of acid baths.
“‘Living in Kasai’ took about ten hours, after all the acid baths and the etching, and the dry time,” Link stated. “‘Living in Kasai’ was probably mostly inspired by my stay as a study abroad student in Japan last semester.”
Regarding future plans, Link said, “I’m interested in becoming a comic artist someday; putting in the effort and the art, and then seeing the result of people enjoying it is intriguing to me.”
25th Annual Student Art Show