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53rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

November 7 - December 9, 2022

The University of Southern Indiana’s Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is a presentation of selected student artworks from the past academic year. The works are chosen by an expert in the field of art, invited by the Art and Design faculty for their expertise and understanding of undergraduate art works.

This independent juror is brought in to assure an objective selection of artworks and awards, and to provide an educational experience for students in preparation for professional careers in art.  Our juror this year is Brian Harper. This year’s exhibition features 111 artworks chosen by the juror from over 280 entered. The exhibition includes sixty-seven artists.

The Juror's Talk will be Thursday, November 3, at 4:15 p.m. in Kleymeyer Hall, LA 0101, adjacent to the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries.

A reception for the exhibition will be held on Sunday, November 13 beginning at 1 p.m. including an awards ceremony being held in the gallery starting at 2 p.m.  

This exhibition will be displayed in the galleries from November 7 through December 9. The MAC/PACE, located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Awards and Participants

Best of Show: Payton Broshears, Queen & King

2nd Place overall: Paris Fithian, A Face of the Midwest

3rd Place overall: Katie Barnett, Drippy Drawers

Senior Award: Elizabeth Sinning, Violet Punch

Junior Award: Bailey Roby, Malignant

Junior Award: Mollie Myers, Girl in a Suede Hat

Sophomore/Junior Award: Derek Hellmer, Visions of the Future

Sophomore Award: Ella Dornburg, Block Building

Sophomore Award: Grace Gingrich, Bushy Beaver

Freshman Award: Nico Armeanu, Todd

Postgraduate Award: Olivia Supper, How to be the Perfect Wife: Keep a Tidy Home

Sophomore/Junior Ceramics Award, Kiernan Bittner, History Meets Modernization

Ceramics Award: Dawna Camden, Tropical Conversations

Drawing Award: Jessica Casey, Fleeting Moments

Graphic Design Award: Kylan Wilbourn, Appropriation Magazine

Illustration Award: Jessica Casey, Leisurely Stroll

Jewelry & Metalsmithing Award: Claire Hays, Fall Colors

Painting Award: Hunter Greenwell, What Can Be Done?

Photography Award: Neil Ackerman, Falling from Ambitious Heights

Printmaking Award: Inka Kobylanski, I've Wasted Years

Sculpture Award: Ashly Morris, Grandma's House

Woodworking Award: Violet Thomas-Cummings, Writhing

Publication/Poster/Info Design Award: Jerrith Morrison, 2021 Senior Seminar Poster

Branding Design Award: Hope Burdette, Trot Tours Logo

Art Club Member Award: Chey Miller, Every Young Woman Should Aspire to Be Like My Mother

Art Club Member Award: Chey Miller, An Illusion, A Mistake

Art Club Member Award: Iain Girten, Miniature Spatula

Virginia Thomas Memorial Design Scholarship: Emma Goodrich, Emma Kay Business Branding

University Collection Purchase: Elizabeth Sinning, Rico the Crocodile Skink

University Collection Purchase: Candice Beck, Clairvoyance

University Collection Purchase: Hope Burdette,  Fly Away

University Collection Purchase: Cheyenne Miller, An Illusion, A Mistake

Neil Ackerman, Nico Armeanu, Baylie Armstrong, Katherine Barnett, Candice Beck, Rich Bennett, Kiernan Bittner, Olivia Braddam, Aliese Brandes, Payton Broshears, Hope Burdette, Dawna Camden, Jessica Casey, Sam DeVoy, Ella Dornburg, Emma Eaton, Spence Farmer, Paris Fithian, Luke French, Courtney Gardner, Emily Geisler, Iain Girten, Danielle Goebel, Emma Goodrich, Hunter Greenwell, Sara Griffin, Alyssa Harlow, Elizabeth Harris, Claire Hays, Derek Helmer, Ryan Huck, Kara Jensen, Madison Jung, Rachel Kercher, Claire Kifer, Nicole Kobylanski, Addison Kurtz, Gabrielle McCarty, Katherine Medina-Martinez, Joshua Meredith, Amanda Meuth, Cheyenne Miller, Ashley Morris, Jerrith Morrison, Mollie Myers, Jenna Pajdo, Halie Peach, Conner Perry, Hannah Rasche, Bailey Roby, William Rodenburg, Al Sheets, Bralyn Shripka, Elizabeth Sinning, Bria Sisk, Brandon Skidmore, Shyanne Steward, Olivia Supper, Griffin Taylor, Violet Thomas-Cummings, Ryan Titzer, Shelby Trotter, Maliah White, Kylan Wilbourn, Rong Yang, Jade Young.

Juror’s Statement

Jurying an exhibition is not an easy task. As I first looked through the works submitted for this exhibition, I knew it was going to be tough to narrow the entries down to fit within the gallery. The sheer amount of well-made, diverse, and smart works showed me that the University of Southern Indiana Art and Design Department is an exceptional place to study that clearly supports students with the technical and conceptual know-how to make artwork at a very high level.

When jurying an exhibition, it is important to me to review the works many times over the course of several days. My first goal is to familiarize myself with the artwork. I go through all of it, just looking and thinking about it, without making any decisions. I then walk away and let the work sink in. I give myself the time to process the work and better understand it. I look at all of it again - changing the order of my review so as not to bias any decisions. Ultimately, decisions must be made, so I start taking pieces out, sometimes only to put them back in as the exhibition starts to take form. I love this part of the process because the exhibition starts to take on a life of its own. It’s not unlike when I’m making artwork in my studio - I’m responding to what is in front of me and my job is to let it develop to the best of my ability.

The boldness of some works, the quietness of others, and the range in scale - all of this excites me for the scope of conversations the works can have while inhabiting this gallery space together.

Artists do not create their artwork in a vacuum. We interpret the world around us, but we are also part of a local community that helps and supports us. Our peers, teachers, and anyone that helped support our work can, and should, share in the accomplishment when great artwork is made.

I thank all of the students who entered artwork for this exhibition. While my job in selecting the work was tough, the real work began long before I juried this exhibition, and has continued since. All of the planning leading up to the jury process and the installation of the works afterwards takes more hours than most people realize. For that, we should all thank those people that enabled this artwork to be made in the campus studios and enjoyed by the rest of us in this gallery space.

Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about your artwork and the University of Southern Indiana Art and Design Department. I am so impressed, and I come away from the experience honored and humbled.

Thank you.

Brian Harper

Associate Professor of Fine Art, Ceramics Area Head, Barr Gallery Coordinator
Indiana University Southeast
Executive Director, Artaxis Organization Inc.

About the Juror

Brian Harper

Brian Harper is an Associate Professor of Fine Art and Head of the Ceramics Area at Indiana University Southeast. He holds a BFA from Northern Arizona University and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. His work has been exhibited in over 100 national and international exhibitions, including 7 solo exhibitions. In addition to his studio practice, he is the Founder and Executive Director of Artaxis Organization Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization with over 900 members in over 50 countries worldwide. Widely used as a resource by the general public, gallerists and curators, art centers, universities, students, and professional artists, promotes the professional pursuits of artists, while providing visitors to the website a wide array of peer-reviewed artwork relevant to the critical discourse in contemporary ceramic art. He was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at IU Southeast in 2015 and has been the recipient of two IU Trustees Teaching Awards, as well as four Summer Faculty Fellowships to pursue his creative research.

The 53rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition awards are made possible due to the generous underwriting of  the following individuals:

An Anonymous Donor, Alexander M. '13 and Kristina F. '13 Arwood, Jordan Barclay '06, Patricia K. Beagle M'05, Gregory J. Blair and Sara A. Christensen Blair, Mary S. and David A. Bower, Kyle N. Bryant and Jessica McDaniel Bryant '05, Corliss E. Chastain '78, Jenna E. Citrus '15, D. Alan and Stephanie J. Clark, Merritt and Joan Kempf deJong, David E. and Colleen Dubber, Spence Farmer ‘23, Izzy S. Ferraro '19, Michael M. Finkelstein '03, Philip C. and Helen J. Fisher, Gregory A. '78 and Ann E. Folz, Neal A. Franklin, Edward F. and June Frederking, Matthew R. Graham and Kathryn M. Waters, Andrea M. Hoelscher, Larry Ray and Hazel Ann Hutchison, JAZ Industrial LLC, Patricia A. Koch, Joseph C. and Connie D. McConaughy, Stephen W. Pfingston '75 and Linda Westfall, Jennifer L. Porter-Kieffer '06, William L. Presslor '81, John V. and Konnie Schlechte, Roberta A. Schweizer , Elaine K. Thompson, Joseph and Joy C. M'18 Uduehi, USI Art Club, Laurel Vaughn, Thomas A. and Lynda M. Wilhelmus, Linda L. Willis

These awards are specific to the Student Art Exhibition. Endowed scholarships from generous alumni and friends that provide meaningful financial assistance to art & design students are not listed here.