Communication Arts and Design program hosts Juried Student Exhibition on March 17

The Communication Arts and Design program will be hosting their annual Juried Student Exhibition on Thursday, March 17. The show will open at 11 a.m. in the King-Shivell Gallery in Cannon Student Center. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend the gallery opening and view some of the best works of art from Lees-McRae students.

The exhibition is open to students from across campus, who submit their best work to be judged by a guest artist. This year’s juror is Adam Adcock, research and lab operations manager for the department of art at Appalachian State University.

“Adam is a sculptor, and we haven't previously had an artist who works specifically in sculpture. We’ve mostly had 2D people,” Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Design Michael Iauch said. “Mostly I think the distinction of the juror is that it’s not someone the students are familiar with and are used to working with.”

Iauch says that this anonymity is valuable for students as it allows them to display their work for people who have never seen it before, typically eliciting different feedback and responses compared to the professors, who have seen their students’ progress through each stage.

“We as faculty have these students every day, so we get to know them, we get to know the way that they would talk about their work, but it’s a different thing when someone who has never talked to you and who you have never met comes and sees value in your work,” Iauch said. “This event also gives the students an opportunity to share their work with the campus community in a public way that is recognized and celebrated.”

Adcock will be awarding first, second, and third place cash prizes to the best pieces, giving students a chance to win $100, $50, or $25 respectively for their work. Adcock will be giving a lecture on his own work before the announcement of awards, giving attendees a chance to learn from his expertise.

By Maya JarrellMarch 09, 2022
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