Posted on March 23, 2009 by Tia Lalani

This year’s exhibition was a definite success. Open for two days, about two hundred and seventy visitors came to see the students’ art.

by Kara Blizzard

On March 13th and 14th, Augustana’s Visual Arts department held its annual Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition allows students to show the work they’ve been doing to the Augustana and Camrose community. Third year art major Carly Nichols participated in the show, which she described as “a great opportunity to show off improvements and accomplishments in the last year.” For art majors and minors, it’s also a chance at a fine arts scholarship.

As one of the organizers this year, along with fellow art students Talia Hiebert and Kyla Shemko, I had my first truly behind-the-scenes experience of the show. We were worried about getting enough entries to fill both the old and the new studio, so we frantically visited classrooms in hopes of convincing more students to submit work. On set-up day we stopped worrying—there were about one hundred pieces to put up, and finding space for them all was quite a challenge. Thankfully, the work made it onto the walls with help from students involved in set-up. Augustana’s Art Exhibition is student-run, and everyone who submitted work also helped prepare for the show in some way.

This year’s exhibition was a definite success. It was open for two days, and about two hundred and seventy visitors came to see it. Because of the new studio space, there was more work to see than in past years. Carly said, “I recieved a lot of positive feedback from almost everyone that I encountered.” Carly is one of fourteen art majors and minors recommended for art scholarships this year. Art faculty members Keith Harder and Julian Forrest recommended these students based on their submissions to the Art Exhibition.

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