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TRAHC Presents Opening Reception "22nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition"

TRAHC presents the 22nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition from May 17 through June 21, 2014 at the Regional Arts Center in Dowtown Texarkana. The Student Juried Exhibition is a diverse selection of visually exciting artwork created by local and regional middle and high school students. This year, all the submissions were evaluated by Juror Katherine Strauss, Art Department Chair of Henderson State University.

Opening Reception will be Saturday, May 17th from 12:30PM to 2:00PM. The People's Choice Award voting will be held from 10:00AM to 1:30PM and the Awards Ceremony will be at 1:30PM.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Juried Student Exhibition and Opening Reception is made possible by TRAHC Membership contributions, with special thanks to an Anonymous Donor.

Below, is The Juror's Statement:

Juror’s Statement
Selecting a juried show is one of the most challenging tasks that an arts professional is asked to do. In an always too brief period of time, one must choose “the best” from a diverse group of artworks. There are no hard and fast rules; one comes armed only with an understanding of composition and design, an appreciation of a wide range of styles and media, and a good eye for images that manage to communicate something more than the sum of their basic elements. The 22nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition represents the creative energies of this entire region and is a great and honorable responsibility to jury.

In making my selections, I wanted the work to be fine in technique and craftsmanship as well as expressive of an idea, complex or straightforward. The top award winners all displayed a level of drawing and design skills that were accomplished and clever. Best in Show was particularly interesting given the concept of women and work and how the artist was able to convey the idea in a new way using deep-rooted imagery. The combined media in many of the works added a dimension both physically and conceptually that engaged and intrigued me as a viewer. The artists told stories about themselves as human beings in an authentic and convincing way. The number and quality of entries for the entire exhibition was quite astounding.

My advice to student artists is to look at art.  Travel to as many museums and art centers as possible to view actual works. Become a scholar with an insatiable curiosity for the past, present and future of our art making tradition and then unleash this knowledge on your work. Develop discipline and a love of working that keeps you in the studio. Keep the quality of your work and presentation very high.  A work of art is only as good as its presentation.

Congratulations to all who entered and put your work forward, to those who are in the exhibition and to the award winners.  Thank you to Amy Donohoe and the museum staff for hospitality and professional and personal assistance.  The job was a pleasure.

- Katherine Strause, Art Department Chair at Henderson State University

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