UNT Art Galleries competition brings range of artistic mediums

UNT Art Galleries competition brings range of artistic mediums

April 14
09:35 2014

Ashley Salazar // Intern Writer

UNT’s 54th annual Voertman Student Art Competition is currently taking place at the UNT Art Gallery and features a selection of new works from graduate and undergraduate art and design students.

The artworks in the exhibition, made by students studying at the College of Visual Arts and Design, range in media and technique from painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, metalsmithing and new media.

“I enjoy that the show is very different each year as new students apply and as different jurors bring their vision to the process,” UNT Art Galleries Director Tracee Robertson said.

The exhibition is located on the first floor of the art building, near the corner of Mulberry and Welch, and is open until April 26.

Tempestt Hazel, co-founder of “Sixty Inches from Center,” an organization that promotes the work of visual artists across Chicago, is this year’s judge.

Hazel is also the Professional Development Manager at the Chicago Artists Coalition, serves on a curatorial committee and is on the host committee for the Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“I’m thrilled to be able to make connections between the community of artists in North Texas and the artists I work with in Chicago,” Hazel said.

Until the Voertman show, Hazel had never been to UNT and used the exhibition as an introduction to the students, faculty and gallery, as well as a way to spend time researching for the exhibition she is organizing at UNT in winter of 2015.

“The process for this competition is similar to the type that artists encounter in their professional lives,” UNT Art Galleries Assistant Director Victoria DeCuir said.

At CVAD, artists use an electronic entry form, which allows them to upload images of their artworks along with descriptions for the judge to read.

“Choosing the winners was not easy. After sitting with the work for days and going over their applications, I was able to select the work that had some exceptional element to them,” Hazel said. “I chose pieces that I felt had a compelling concept, were experimental with their execution or thoughtful in the way they used their medium to reinforce their message.”

Photography graduate student Lynne Bowman had two of her artworks, “Untitled #13” and “Untitled #14” from the series “Self-Portrait Origami Tessellations,” chosen for the gallery.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in this year’s exhibition,” Bowman said.  “I grew up with a painter for a mother, so art has always been a big part of my life.”

For more information, visit the official event page at gallery.unt.edu.

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