VSU Fine Arts Gallery Presents Virtual Student Artwork Competitiveness, Exhibition

March 22, 2021

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

“Trayvon,” an animated gif by Rasheem Callender of Jonesboro, Georgia, gained very first area honors.

“Orange 1” by Isabelle Redenius of Jacksonville, Florida, acquired next area honors.

“Wilting,” a metals piece by Faith Thompson, Valdosta, Ga, gained third area honors.

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

“Isolation,” a charcoal on paper by Faith Thompson of Valdosta, Ga, earned honorable mention honors.

https://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2021/03/monkey-mayhem.jpg“Monkey Mayhem,” a lithograph by Hannah Gandy of Valdosta, Ga, earned honorable point out honors.

nature.jpg“Nature,” an ink on paper by Laura Henry of Lilburn, Georgia, acquired honorable mention honors.

https://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2021/03/black-lives-over-blank-eyes.jpg“Black Life Over Blank Eyes,” a cease movement animation by Makevia Moore of Sasser, Georgia, earned honorable point out honors.



VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Dedo Maranville Wonderful Arts Gallery provides the 23rd yearly Juried Scholar Art Competitiveness and Exhibition at www.vsugallery.org.

A campus-huge invitation to participate in the 2021 Juried Pupil Artwork Competition and Exhibition was issued previously this calendar year to all at present enrolled VSU learners. No matter of their big place of review, college students ended up inspired to share their artistic talents by submitting a utmost of four two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional is effective, like graphic design, illustration (electronic and common), inside style and design (presentation boards, illustrations, versions, and so on), bookmaking, laptop or computer animation, drawing, printmaking (lithography, etching, silkscreen, reduction, collographs, etc.), portray, aqueous media, jewellery, photography (electronic and darkroom), collage, ceramics, tiny metals, sculpture, and combined media.

Julie Bowland, Dedo Maranville Fantastic Arts Gallery director and professor of art, said that 55 students submitted 180 distinct operates of artwork for the occasion.

Mark Dickson, 2021 Juried Student Artwork Competitiveness and Exhibition juror, reviewed the submissions and picked 50 individual works from 34 pupils to be highlighted and to contend for a variety of money and other prizes — first area, second area, 3rd put, fourth area, and honorable mention honors.

“When approaching this chance of deciding upon function for an exhibition these types of as this, I hire selected essential criteria setting up with an quick visible and psychological response to the work,” he shared. “From this point I study craftsmanship, consideration to detail, execution and continuity of design. Then comes the further glance, an attempt to comprehend the artist’s voice and intent. All round it can be a overwhelming job — but also a fulfilling just one.

“It is my hope that the artists who ended up chosen and individuals who gained awards will consider inspiration from their success in currently being selected to exhibit. I hope that these who weren’t selected will not grow to be discouraged, but in its place will keep on to generate, refine, and discover the vastness of what it indicates to be a visible artist.

“As a visual artist myself I am acutely conscious of the struggles and triumphs of creating and exhibiting, the linked excitement and anxieties associated in sharing publicly a little something individual that you have created. The system of publishing your creations to be scrutinized, interpreted, and inevitably picked or not for exhibition is a bold move. I applaud all of the artists who shown the courage to phase ahead and share their function.”

Initial Position

“Trayvon,” an animated gif by Rasheem Callender of Jonesboro, Georgia, acquired initial put honors.

Dickson described the function of art as “a energy do the job in this tumultuous social climate that we exist in and navigate by way of.” He mentioned it was “not only a demonstration of creative talent but also of presentation and the energy of visible storytelling.”

“I am amazed with the artist’s incorporation of quit-motion animation, which is challenging and a time-consuming method. The subsequent story is communicated with toughness and ability, leaving the viewer with no doubts to the urgency of the concept.”

Second Area

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

“For me this is a visible feast,” Dickson pointed out. He explained the blended media collage created with string, glue, ink, oil pastels, and oil paint as “a composition filled with the loud shades of emotional expression and existential angst, executed with an eye for the frantic character of what it usually means to be human and vulnerable, whilst even now retaining the perception of attractiveness and intrigue.”

Third Position

“Wilting,” a metals piece by Faith Thompson, Valdosta, Ga, gained third spot honors.

“Being a sculptor of metallic I am perfectly knowledgeable of the intricacies and worries affiliated with this operate,” Dickson shared. “Here we see a obvious juxtaposition of color, texture, and issue make a difference demonstrated, the sensitive dying bloom immortalized with these talent in nonferrous alloys, defying decay and the ravages of the relentless marching of time.”


“Red, Blue Towards Yellow,” an acrylic on canvas Jen Padron of Manteca, California, earned fourth place honors.

“I really like the spectacular and turbulent blending of coloration that produces these texture and mild in this perform,” Dickson claimed. “The portray pulls the viewer deep into the composition, transporting them into a timeless cosmic landscape. I come to feel the artist has accomplished an outstanding occupation in speaking the violent power and magnificence that is the natural environment.”


Honorable Point out honors went to “Isolation,” a charcoal on paper by Faith Thompson of Valdosta, Georgia “Monkey Mayhem,” a lithograph by Hannah Gandy of Valdosta, Ga “Nature,” an ink on paper by Laura Henry of Lilburn, Ga and “Black Life More than Blank Eyes,” a stop motion animation by Makevia Moore of Sasser, Ga.

A native of northern California, Dickson’s fascination with artwork was affected by his grandmother, who was a collector of artwork and a museum docent. He is now a comprehensive-time sculptor with a doing work studio in the RailRoad Square Art District in Tallahassee, Florida, and a section-time school member at North Florida Community Higher education in Madison, Florida. In 2012 VSU extra one of his sculptures — Guardian — to the campus’s out of doors artwork collection. It stands 14 ft tall amongst Odum Library and the Fantastic Arts Constructing and is produced of welded steel, stainless steel, and bronze.

Thanks to the ongoing worldwide health disaster, the Dedo Maranville High-quality Gallery’s actual physical on-campus location will stay closed all over the spring semester. The gallery personnel will temporarily host all upcoming displays on a digital system at www.vsugallery.org.

The future display, Art & Design and style Spring Senior Exhibition, opens nearly on April 18.

Get in touch with Julie Bowland at (229) 333-5835 or [email protected] to understand more about VSU’s digital gallery.

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