Four Clarkson University students and an alumna will be among the 42 artists taking part in the Frederic Remington Art Museum’s 2019 College Student Juried Art Exhibition, March 2-31. The included artworks cover the gamut from traditional paintings to cutting-edge virtual reality projects. Through their works, the students tackle a variety of globally influenced and culturally diverse concepts ranging from relating human nature in its purest form to illustrating the choice between catching up or falling behind.
The College Student Juried Art Exhibit is a new annual exhibition of contemporary artwork. Students from Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Potsdam were invited to submit works for the exhibit. 62 of 110 submissions were chosen to be part of the inaugural exhibition, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media works, and time-based works in video and virtual reality. The exhibit offers young artists the opportunity to experience the process of entering a juried show, and to see the work being done by their peers at other area colleges and universities.
Clarkson freshman Taylor Lee ’22, a digital arts & sciences and communications major, was excited to have two of her submissions chosen for the exhibition, “I didn’t start drawing and getting into art classes until last year, so this really boosts my confidence in feeling like I’m headed in the right direction and improving my art skills,” said Lee. “I think this exhibit is a really cool way to start getting some experience.”
One of her pieces in the show is called “Natural Hearted.” It is an anatomical heart surrounded by flowers and other parts of nature that Lee said she finds beautiful. She said she wanted to “relate this drawing to how I see human nature at its purest.” She is also showcasing a painting titled “Feeling Blue.” It is of a face sinking into its background. Lee said, “it represents how a lot of us can feel sometimes trying to fit into a new place or getting out of our comfort zone.”
Sophomore Joei Ollet ’21, a digital arts & sciences and electrical engineering double major submitted her piece called “Space to Follow,” to the exhibition. “Space to Follow” resembles the distance between two people who face the choice to either fall behind or to catch up and close the distance, Ollet said. Being part of the exhibit “gives me a chance to showcase the potential talent others see in me.”
Other Clarkson University students who had artwork chosen for the exhibit include Emma Atkinson ‘19 digital arts & sciences/communications and Anqi Wang ’21, digital arts & sciences. Tessa Coleman ‘18, who recently graduated from the digital arts & sciences program, will also be exhibiting her student work.
The public is invited to mingle with the artists at an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. on March 2. Many of the works on display at the Remington exhibit will available for sale. Two-thirds of the proceeds will go to the artist, with the remainder benefitting the Frederic Remington Art Museum. The exhibit will have an online gallery at www.fredericremington.org.