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Annual Student Competitive Art Exhibition Held in Baum Gallery

The Annual Student Competitive Art Exhibition at the University Of Central Arkansas was held March 3 in the Baum Gallery on campus.

This competition featured students’ artwork that ranged from simple drawings to large scale paintings and intricate multimedia pieces.

“This is a really great opportunity to see everyone’s work as it was intended to be seen,” senior Sierra Wheeler said. “We [art students]see each others pieces in the making during class so it’s cool to see the finished product in the gallery.”

This competition is important to art students at UCA. Each year $1,000 worth of prizes are awarded to students’ artworks selected by the guest juror. For this competition Victoria Berry, director and chief curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, was asked to be the guest juror. Out of 122 submissions by 51 artists, only 75 pieces from 45 artists were selected for this exhibition.

“I think it’s a stunning show and it really shows a wide range of media and approaches and interests,” Dr. Gayle Seymour, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, said.

Several students, families and faculty members attended the opening reception on Thursday and many of them were blown away by the pieces displayed.

“I think this is definitely the best student competitive I’ve seen because everybody’s art is immaculate,” junior Lauren Hall said. “From sculptures to paintings it’s all wonderfully made.”

The Baum Gallery, sponsored by the UCA department of art, will host the students’ works March 3-17. Entry to the gallery is free to UCA students and the public. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and look around.

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