VSU announces winners of scholar artwork competitiveness


VSU Fine Arts Gallery Offers Digital University student Art Level of competition, Exhibition

VALDOSTA — Valdosta Point out University’s Dedo Maranville High-quality Arts Gallery provides the 23rd annual Juried University student Artwork Level of competition and Exhibition at www.vsugallery.org.

A campus-broad invitation to take part in the 2021 Juried Scholar Artwork Competitors and Exhibition was issued before this yr to all now enrolled VSU learners. No matter of their important spot of study, college students ended up inspired to share their artistic skills by distributing a optimum of 4 two-dimensional and/or 3-dimensional works, together with graphic design, illustration (electronic and common), interior layout (presentation boards, illustrations, types, and so on), bookmaking, computer animation, drawing, printmaking (lithography, etching, silkscreen, relief, collographs, etc.), portray, aqueous media, jewelry, images (electronic and darkroom), collage, ceramics, small metals, sculpture, and combined media. 

Julie Bowland, Dedo Maranville Wonderful Arts Gallery director and professor of art, reported that 55 college students submitted 180 distinctive functions of art for the party. 

Mark Dickson, 2021 Juried University student Artwork Competitiveness and Exhibition juror, reviewed the submissions and chosen 50 specific will work from 34 college students to be showcased and to compete for a variety of cash and other prizes — initial spot, next put, third position, fourth spot, and honorable point out honors. 

“When approaching this option of deciding on do the job for an exhibition this sort of as this, I hire selected essential criteria commencing with an instantaneous visible and emotional response to the operate,” he shared. “From this issue I study craftsmanship, attention to detail, execution and continuity of design and style. Then comes the further look, an endeavor to understand the artist’s voice and intent. Over-all it can be a challenging task — but also a satisfying just one. 

“It is my hope that the artists who had been selected and all those who gained awards will consider inspiration from their results in remaining picked out to show. I hope that people who weren’t chosen will not become discouraged, but instead will proceed to make, refine, and examine the vastness of what it suggests to be a visual artist.   

“As a visible artist myself I am acutely conscious of the struggles and triumphs of developing and exhibiting, the affiliated excitement and anxieties concerned in sharing publicly anything private that you have produced. The approach of publishing your creations to be scrutinized, interpreted, and inevitably chosen or not for exhibition is a daring step. I applaud all of the artists who shown the bravery to step forward and share their get the job done.” 

Initial Location 

“Trayvon,” an animated gif by Rasheem Callender of Jonesboro, Georgia, attained to start with spot honors.  

Dickson described the function of artwork as “a electricity get the job done in this tumultuous social weather that we exist in and navigate by means of.” He said it was “not only a demonstration of creative ability but also of presentation and the power of visible storytelling.”  

“I am impressed with the artist’s incorporation of prevent-motion animation, which is tough and a time-consuming system. The subsequent tale is communicated with power and skill, leaving the viewer with no uncertainties to the urgency of the information.” 

2nd Spot 

“Orange 1” by Isabelle Redenius of Jacksonville, Florida, acquired second spot honors. 

“For me this is a visual feast,” Dickson famous. He explained the mixed media collage built with string, glue, ink, oil pastels, and oil paint as “a composition crammed with the loud colors of emotional expression and existential angst, executed with an eye for the frantic character of what it suggests to be human and vulnerable, when nevertheless sustaining the perception of natural beauty and intrigue.”  

Third Put 

“Wilting,” a metals piece by Religion Thompson, Valdosta, Georgia, earned third place honors.  

“Being a sculptor of metal I am nicely informed of the intricacies and troubles associated with this perform,” Dickson shared. “Here we see a distinct juxtaposition of shade, texture, and subject matter make any difference demonstrated, the delicate dying bloom immortalized with this sort of ability in nonferrous alloys, defying decay and the ravages of the relentless marching of time.”  


“Red, Blue From Yellow,” an acrylic on canvas Jen Padron of Manteca, California, acquired fourth area honors. 

“I enjoy the spectacular and turbulent blending of color that produces such texture and light in this do the job,” Dickson reported. “The portray pulls the viewer deep into the composition, transporting them into a timeless cosmic landscape. I sense the artist has completed an extraordinary job in communicating the violent power and splendor that is the all-natural planet.” 


Honorable Mention honors went to “Isolation,” a charcoal on paper by Faith Thompson of Valdosta, Georgia “Monkey Mayhem,” a lithograph by Hannah Gandy of Valdosta, Georgia “Nature,” an ink on paper by Laura Henry of Lilburn, Georgia and “Black Life Above Blank Eyes,” a end movement animation by Makevia Moore of Sasser, Georgia.  

A indigenous of northern California, Dickson’s fascination with artwork was affected by his grandmother, who was a collector of art and a museum docent. He is presently a comprehensive-time sculptor with a performing studio in the RailRoad Square Art District in Tallahassee, Florida, and a section-time school member at North Florida Local community School in Madison, Florida. In 2012 VSU included one particular of his sculptures — Guardian — to the campus’s outside art selection. It stands 14 ft tall involving Odum Library and the High-quality Arts Developing and is designed of welded metal, stainless metal, and bronze.  

Because of to the ongoing worldwide overall health disaster, the Dedo Maranville High-quality Gallery’s physical on-campus location will continue to be closed through the spring semester. The gallery personnel will briefly host all upcoming displays on a digital system at www.vsugallery.org.

The future clearly show, Art & Structure Spring Senior Exhibition, opens pretty much on April 18. 

Get hold of Julie Bowland at (229) 333-5835 or [email protected] to master extra about VSU’s digital gallery. 

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