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2014 Gadsden State Student Juried Art Exhibition, Reception May 1

The 2014 Gadsden State Student Juried Art Exhibition opens with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Meadows Gallery. The exhibit features works created during the fall and spring semesters.  The opening reception will honor the students whose works were selected for exhibition, and those winning awards of merit. The reception is free and the public is invited to attend.

Amin Odeh Self-portrait acrylic

Amin Odeh Self-portrai

The annual show is a culmination of hard work and discipline by art students, most of whom are primarily taking introductory studio classes including two-dimensional design, Drawing I, and Painting. The show itself is also a valuable learning experience, as students are tasked with framing and displaying their artwork in a professional, gallery-ready manner. This year’s exhibition features two-dimensional works, most of them paintings, by fourteen different students.

Several exhibiting students received state-wide recognition for their creative works in the most recent Chancellor’s Art Exhibition, including best of show by Sarah VanVleck, and second place in drawing by Nathaniel Byrd.

Nathaniel Byrd Decadence acrylic

Nathaniel Byrd Decadenc

One of the exhibiting students, Jennifer Allen, recently completed an internship with the Gadsden Musuem of Art and the Mary G. Hardin Center, where she learned many of the day-to-day aspects of running a fine art gallery, such as curatorial work with permanent collections and assisting with installing artwork for temporary display.   She earned college credit for the internship and worked closely with Mario Gallardo who oversees the program.

Trevor Barnet A Blurry Conscience acrylic

Trevor Barnet A Blurry Conscience

In addition, the art department students have participated in community outreach activities such as the Annual Serendipity Day at Eura Brown Elementary School, Walnut Gallery, and the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts.



The public is invited to view the exhibition which will remain on display until July 31 and may be viewed during regular library hours, Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The Meadows Gallery is located in Meadows Library on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden.  For more information, contact gallery director Mario Gallardo at


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