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Juror's Statement: 42nd Annual Juried Student Art Show, 2012

Having watched the U.S. I. art department grow and expand into a diverse, multi-faceted program over the last couple of decades, it was an honor to be asked to jury the annual student exhibition.  Thank you for the opportunity.

While it’s work to have to select pieces for inclusion from so many excellent choices, it is always a joy to see inventive, well-executed artwork produced by creative young people.  I commend all the entrants for their efforts, and encourage everyone to continue to press hard to learn and grow while you have the opportunity to study with the excellent faculty and your obviously talented peers here at U.S.I.

As for the work chosen for inclusion in the exhibition, I tried to select work that was technically competent, but also was individually expressive, mentally challenging or critically engaged in the contemporary art dialogue.  Balancing work made for assignments with that made by more advanced students who are developing their own viewpoints, engagements and manners of working is hard.  But overall, I was impressed with how all the exhibitors were able to make whatever they were doing their own personal statements.

To the visitors to the exhibition, I hope it makes you of good cheer to know how many excellent young artists are preparing well to join the community, the profession and our collective cultural history.  I know I am delighted and inspired by what I see on view in the 2012 Annual U.S. I. Student Art Exhibition.

John Begley
Director of the Hite Institute Galleries
University of Louisville

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