The 14th Annual Lyon College Juried Student Exhibition will run from Tuesday, February 27 to Friday, April 6 in the Kresge Gallery of the Alphin building. It will feature student work and the work of the juror who will judge the students’ pieces. The winners of this juried exhibition will receive awards at the opening reception, held on Tuesday, February 27 in the Kresge Gallery from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Lyon College Professor of Art Ian Campbell said, “The Student Juried Exhibition is a significant professional and academic opportunity for students engaged in the visual arts. Every year for this show we bring in a respected outside member of the art community to serve as juror. This is a competitive exhibition, and, for a young artist, having one's work selected for one of the juror's prizes or one of the purchase prizes is not only a major line for a resume. It is also a recognition of the combination of raw talent and hard work required to make a successful work of art."
This year’s juror will be Melissa Wilkinson, who is an assistant professor of painting at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Wilkinson has shown her work nationally and internationally, garnering numerous awards, fellowships, and grants. She earned a BFA in painting from Western Illinois University in 2002 and an MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University in 2006. In 2016, the Arkansas Arts Council named her a “Woman to Watch.”
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