Photo courtesy of the artist
The process behind the 35th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition has begun! Last week students dropped off artwork to be considered for the exhibition. A record number of students - 114 - brought in their work. The exhibition in open to any student enrolled at UW during the 2009-2010 academic year, and students were allowed to submit up to three works for consideration.
The next step begins on Tuesday, when this year's juror, Gary Emrich, arrives at the museum and starts sifting through all the art! Gary will be here for two days to select the work to be included in the exhibition, write a juror's statement, and finally he will meet with Art Department faculty and Student Art League members to talk about the exhibition.
Gary is the head of photography and video art at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Lakewood, CO. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also teaches photography at Metropolitan State College and the University of Colorado, Denver. In addition to being a professor, he is also an artist and owns a video production company. Gary's art incorporates found objects and materials with photography. On his website he states, "...I'm interested in why things are saved and the role we play as editors and curators of our history, and how the artifacts, objects, and images we choose to accumulate color and shape the way we see ourselves." His work is in such public collections as the Denver Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.
UPDATE - If you're a student who is interested in talking with Gary, he will be meeting with the Student Art League on Wednesday, January 20, from 5-5:30 at the Art Museum. (the previous blog post stated that he will be meeting with students in the Fine Arts Building, which is INCORRECT)
For more information on Gary's work, please visit his website.