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
There is a special juror for this year's show, in honor of USI's 50th Anniversary. Matthew Neil Gehring is an Evansville native who graduated from North High School and came to USI on the Robert Carrithers Freshman Art Scholarship, graduating in 1998 with a BS in studio art. After earning his MFA from the University of Delaware, he taught at Humboldt State University, Syracuse University, and currently is the Chair of the Visual Arts Department and Director of the Flecker Gallery at SUNY Suffolk. Gehring maintains an active studio pracrtice in Brooklyn, New York. His work has encompassed ceramics, sculpture, conceptual art, and most recently painting.