Quincy University Showcases 47th Student Art Show
Quincy University’s Gray Gallery presents 2015 Art Department Student Show
Quincy University showcased artwork from both Art majors and non-Art majors in the Gray Gallery April 6 – April 24.
This year’s exhibit showcased 94 pieces from all classes within the Art Department created in the past year. Student works were carefully selected by faculty in the Art Department. Art Professor and Gray Gallery Director, Bob Mejer was the primary organizer.
The Student Show encourages Quincy University students to take pride in their accomplishments and possibly even make a sale or commission. The exhibit is open to both Quincy University students and the public.
The annual exhibit also gives viewers a chance to see the variety of media and styles offered within the department that the public may want to enroll in themselves.
Many different media styles including several different sculpture pieces, sketches and drawings, watercolor paintings, mixed media pieces, photography, graphic design pieces and more were exhibited for all of the Quincy community to see. Pieces from the student show are also judged by board members to determine art scholarships for the following year.
“The student show adds a touch of culture to the Quincy University environment,” says Quincy University Graphic Design major Sage Meleney who spent several hours of his time setting up and taking down for the show. “Not every college has an art gallery and even fewer dedicate a few weeks to showing art done by students.”
Students were allowed to submit as many art pieces as they wished. The entries were required to be matted and labeled with the artist’s name, media and class taken.
Faculty encouraged students to take pride and enter pieces to be judged. The faculty selected a diverse set of pieces with several different talents and styles from the artists.
This year, Mejer found the quality of exhibit very strong but lacking in quantity, particularly of sculpture and drawing pieces.
“They are all my favorites because of who they are and the amount of work each student placed in the creative piece,” say Mejer when asked if he favored any particular piece in the show.
One popular piece was by Pre-engineering major Brittan McLaughlin who created a salmon colored enlarged crane for his 3-D Design class during his Spring semester at Quincy University. The assignment was to create an object at a minimum of 6 times the size of the original. Students were required to use artists Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol as inspiration for their pieces.
McLaughlin, a freshman at Quincy University has previously been in three art shows at his high school prior to attending and has placed in two of the three shows.
“Making my crane, I was just worried about the thickness of the paper and folding it over and over to get the right shape, but it was fun” says McLaughlin who was inspired by his childhood. McLaughlin first learned how to create an origami paper crane when he was a young boy. “I saw the assignment as a great opportunity to make a large one.”
McLaughlin says he has learned how to be both resourceful as well as creative with whatever things he can get his hands on from his 3-D design class.
Both the small and enlarged version of the crane were on display at the gallery.
“It was amazing,” said McLaughlin who had only positive things to say about the student show.
Every piece accepted into the Gray Gallery can be used to help boost resumes and allow students to gain exposure about the process of entering an art competition.
Chairman of Fine Arts and Communication Karl Warma is very supportive of the benefits of holding a student show at the university.
“It’s all too easy for students to see showings and the work that it takes to prepare for a show as an unnecessary pain in the neck,” says Warma with a laugh. “But in reality of doing the preparatory work, the end result elevates the student work to be something more than just an assignment.” finishes Warma about what showcasing student work can do for the students.
Professor Karl Warma says he found a good showing of watercolor and computer graphics when walking through the exhibit.
“I thought that the quality of the work was equal to or surpassed previous student shows,” says Warma.
When asked what his favorite piece or pieces were in the show this year, Warma said he found the photography pieces by Rohn absolutely exceptional.
Courtney Rohn is a Graphic Design junior at Quincy University who has been running her own photography business for some time now. Rohn is passionate about photography and displayed several of her pieces from the past year in the show.
“Next year, I am proposing that we have student art shows twice year so that students in both the fall and spring semester can have the spring show experience,” says a pleased and very serious Warma.
The Gray Gallery is located at 1800 College Ave, Quincy IL.
The gallery is within Brenner Library on Quincy University campus and is open during all library hours.
Mon–Thurs: 8 am-11 pm
Fri: 8 am-4:30 pm
Sat 1-5 pm
Sun 1-11 pm
The Gray Gallery holds multiple exhibits by local and national artists throughout the year within its doors. The professional exhibition is created and scheduled each year by Gray Gallery Director and Founder Bob Mejer. The artists invited to the Gray Gallery may talk about their works, demonstrate, and hold workshops for both the students and the city of Quincy in conjunction with their exhibit at the gallery.
The space is also used for student and art faculty exhibitions, including the annual student show as well as senior shows.
Up next: to run from April 27 to May 17 is the Senior Retrospective Show — Showcasing this year’s graduating seniors’ best and most promising pieces.