All Student Art Show captivates audience

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Sharp imagery, vibrant colors, and an array of mediums gave guests a variety of art pieces to enjoy during Friday’s All Student Art Show Reception in Memorial Hall’s Main Gallery.

Artists, CSC faculty and staff, and guests filled Memorial Hall’s lobby and gallery for the reception and had the opportunity to discuss pieces.

Visual and performing arts professor and department chair Laura Bentz said there were 50-60 students who displayed work. From all the students, around 103 different pieces hung on the walls, from the ceiling, or rested on podiums around the gallery.

Joy Omelanuk, Academic Affairs Project Coordinator, judged the submissions. Vicki Lawler, senior of Worland, Wyoming, said that she enjoyed participating in a judged show, as it provided better submission experience.

“I like the fact that it’s like trying to get into a real show,” Lawler said.

The gallery’s lighting added to the individuality of each artist and their work. A calming effect from black and white images contrasted with the vibrant self-portraits and oil images.

Along with pictures, wire sculptures and stained glass rested on the floor or caught the light from the ceiling. Hanging stain glass pieces added a 3-D effect to the art show, with blown glass, pottery, batik, and ceramic works.

While walking through the show, soothing music played in the background and allowed the viewer to approach each piece with a neutral mood. This allowed each piece to bring different emotions out of the viewer and for him or her to connect with each individual artwork.

Patricia Moss, freshman of Chadron, had a few pieces on display; a ceramic, wire, and wood piece titled “Birds In Motion.” This display was put together with each of the five birds at a different angle, allowing the viewer to visualize movement. Each view of this sculpture, but mainly from the bottom, brings a sense of flying together to the viewer.

Another freshman, Courtney Lyon, of Grant, entered a graphite drawing titled “Stump,” that gave a 3-D effect of a tree stump. The use of lines and dark shadows allow this drawing to pop and gives the viewer an idea to reach out and feel the texture of an actual stump.

Other images such as the self-portraits gave each artist the opportunity to express their creativity and how they viewed him or herself. The colors and details in each portrait allow the viewer a glimpse into the artist’s life.

“My self-portrait took me the longest to complete,” Heather Clark, sophomore of Spearfish, South Dakota, said. “It took me a little less than a month to finish.”

Clark submitted four pictures, all of which were accepted. Of those four her favorite was the linocut print of a hedgehog. This was Clark’s second CSC show, but she plans on re-entering the next two all student shows, her senior thesis art show, and an advanced art studio show in the next few years.

A hanging wire mobile, six stained glass designs, and textures from every piece add detail and expression to the art show and allow the pieces to come to life.

Some pieces that were in fact two-dimensional gave the effect of 3-D with textures and detail, keeping the viewer captivated throughout the show.

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