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Annual Student Art Show

The USI Juried Student Art Exhibition is an annual presentation of selected student art works. The works are chosen by an expert in the field of art, selected by the art faculty for his or her expertise and understanding of undergraduate art works. The independent juror is brought in to assure objective selection of art works and awards and to provide an educational experience for students in preparation for professional careers in art.

Juried exhibitions are standard procedure in group art shows at universities, museums and art associations. The juror provides written statement on his or her method of jurying and the work chosen to be in the exhibition. The juror also gives a public lecture and provides comments on the exhibition at that time.

Area companies and private individuals generously provide funds for awards presented at the Juried Student Art Exhibition. Awards are given in the form of Merit Awards, Purchase Awards, Scholarships and certificates for art supplies. Awards are given for the quality of student artwork and are awarded at the discretion of the juror. Merit awardees, scholarship recipients and certificate winners retain possession of their work. Scholarships are based on the overall merit of the student's work and are applicable to USI only.

Purchase awards become part of the USI Art Collection. Degree students (Level V) are only eligible for the Degreed Student Award.

The annual exhibition is staged in the McCutchan Art Center and Pace Galleries in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center.


The USI Juried Art Exhibition is open to all students who are enrolled at USI for the current semester. The artwork entered must have been completed during the one-year period between the previous USI Art Exhibition and the current year's exhibit. All artwork submitted for jurying must be the student's original artwork.

Submissions for the 2015 Juried Student Art Exhibition will be accepted from now until 6:00 PM Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Go to the Online Entry Form (click here) to begin the submission process by registering and filling out the submission information for your first entry. You may enter as many as 4 works to the Show. Artwork must be delivered to the McCutchan Art Center and Pace Galleries on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 & 18. Important: Do Not Register without entering the information for your first entry! You don't have to enter all of your pieces when you register, but you do have to enter at least one.

About the Juror

USI Art Alumnus Matthew Neil Gehring returns to his alma mater on Thursday, March 19 to select the artworks to be featured in the 2015 USI Juried Student Art Show and to give a free public lecture on his own art at 6:30 p.m. in Forum Two (FA2) in the Administration Building on the USI campus. His talk is entitled: Notes from the Field, and will describe his artistic journey from his school days at USI to today as a practicing artist and art professor in New York. His visit is one of the special events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the University of Southern Indiana.

Matthew Neil Gehring graduated from Evansville’s North High School and attended the University of Southern Indiana on a Society for Arts and Humanities Scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in studio art in 1998. He participated in the Skidmore College Summer Program and the University of Delaware Master of Fine Arts Program on a full graduate assistantship. After completing his graduate degree in 2001, he relocated to the Northern California coast, teaching sculpture at Humboldt State University.  In 2003, he accepted a faculty position in the Art Department at Syracuse University. In 2007 he relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he currently lives and maintains an active studio practice and exhibition schedule.  He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and eight solo exhibitions, including recent one-person shows at the Dishman Art Museum, Lamar University, in Beaumont, Texas and at the Islip Art Museum in East Islip, New York.  Gehring’s recent group exhibitions include Abstraction and its Discontents, curated by Deborah Brown at Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, New York; Eight Painters, organized by Paul Behnke at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, New York; and Family Style, curated by Julie Torres at the former Pocket Utopia Gallery, New York, New York.  He is currently preparing for an upcoming two-person show at c2c Projects in San Francisco, California.  His work has been featured or reviewed in publications including The New Criterion, Art Journal, Art Review, and ArtWeek.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Visual Art at SUNY Suffolk where he is Head of Visual Art and the Director of the Flecker Gallery. 

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