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Art competition a learning experience for student artists

Art competition a learning experience for student artists

Left to Right: Leah Flook; Untitled. Jim Wilson; Run, Dog, Run; two panels. Joycelyn Jimenez; Rain Rain Go Away and As My Eyes Adjust. Tabatha DiLoreto; Portal.

Art competition a learning experience for student artists
June 10
16:04 2016

Tomas Gonzalez | Visuals Editor

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The UNT College of Visual Arts and Design hosted it's 56th Annual Voertman Student Art Competition April 14 to July 23rd in the art building. Featured Art: Justin Archer; To Wonder Through The Desert. TOMAS GONZALEZ | Visuals Editor

The UNT College of Visual Arts and Design hosted it’s 56th Annual Voertman Student Art Competition April 14 to July 23rd in the art building. Featured Art: Justin Archer; To Wonder Through The Desert. Tomas Gonzalez | Visuals Editor

Vivid colors flourish through the corridors in the art gallery at the College of Visual Arts and Design building. Several pieces hang on the walls and sculptures flaunt their beauty sprinkled throughout the showroom.

Each piece is significantly different as 48 students from the College of Visual Arts and Design contributed to the gallery. The students’ artwork was chosen as part of the 56th Annual Voertman Student Art Competition this past April.

The competition was started in 1960 by Voertman’s founder Paul Voertman, Voertman told the North Texan magazine in 2011 that “art is pretty subjective, and when one person may say it’s magnificent, someone else may say, ‘I don’t want to show it.’ It’s a good learning experience.”

Rachael Cozad, a private art dealer and consultant, judged the competition this year.

Cozad is an expert in 19th and 20th century American art who curates exhibitions for major museums and is a certified appraiser with the Appraisers Association of America.

“One thing that I noticed was that a fair amount of the work seemed to be quite personal in nature,” Cozad said. “I thought that was really positive.”

UNT galleries director and curator Tracee Robertson helped direct this year’s competition by getting Cozad to curate. Cozad had a variety of medias to choose from that made the exhibit unique.

“Instead of gravitating toward a particular medium,” Robertson said. “Ms. Cozad selected artworks in a variety of media, which showcases the breadth of study by our students.”

The UNT College of Visual Arts and Design hosted it's 56th Annual Voertman Student Art Competition April 14 to July 23rd in the art building. Featured Art: Grayson Fair; Ceramic; Der Flammenwerfer. Sarah Ellis; handmade book containing lithography, monoprint, chine collé, and xerox transfer; Expire. TOMAS GONZALEZ | Visuals Editor

Featured Art: Grayson Fair; Ceramic; Der Flammenwerfer. Sarah Ellis; handmade book containing lithography, monoprint, chine collé, and xerox transfer; Expire. Tomas Gonzalez | Visuals Editor

The exhibit hosts a variety of media such as digital, canvas, ceramics and wood. The materials used are just as diverse including oil and mesh.

Robertson also said that although Cozad works alone, she keeps what the audience will ultimately end up seeing in mind and truly appreciates work when she places art in the showroom.

[rlslider id=200430]56th Annual Voertman Student Art Competition. Tomas Gonzalez | Visuals Editor

“Like many art curators, she spent time alone with the artworks, just staring as it would seem,” Robertson said. “But actually carefully considering the nature of each artwork and how they relate to each other to create a fluid viewing experience for visitors to the gallery.”

The Voertman Student Art Competition will continue until July 23.

Featured Image: Left to Right: Leah Flook; Untitled. Jim Wilson; Run, Dog, Run; two panels. Joycelyn Jimenez; Rain Rain Go Away and As My Eyes Adjust. Tabatha DiLoreto; Portal. Tomas Gonzalez | Visuals Editor

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