MSU student artwork featured in the 42nd Student Juried Exhibit

February 24th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU student artwork featured in the 42nd Student Juried Exhibit

Shelby Nichols | Crystal Cluster Teapot

Shelby Nichols | Crystal Cluster Teapot

By Landen Peairs, student writer

While working for a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, fine art, graphic design and photography students in the MSU Department of Art prepare themselves for careers as professional artists. Through the guidance of the faculty, students work on finding their identity as an artist. They are given opportunities and encouraged to enter in a variety of local and national shows and competitions.

This will mark the 42nd year the Department of Art has hosted a show of student work at MSU. Held every spring, the MSU Student Juried Exhibition students the chance to enter works in all genres of fine art, graphic design and photography. Through an online submission process,  judges from the professional art world in fine art and graphic design are invited to review the works. The students are allowed to enter work from any class taken throughout their undergraduate career.

This year, the fine art judge is Wesley Grissom, assistant director of J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, Fa. Grissom received her Associate of Arts from University of Florida and graduated with a degree in art history from University of North Florida. Grissom has been with J. Johnson Gallery for more than seven years. The gallery specializes in exhibiting internationally recognized contemporary artists with emphasis on Latin American and Caribbean artists. Grissom’s work allows her to travel frequently and has led to experience participating in international art fairs including Art Basel Miami, ARCO Madrid, Palm Beach 3 and the Cornice Venice International Art Fair, which coincided with the 52nd Venice Biennale. She is currently active in Jacksonville’s cultural community through her role on the Art in Public Places Committee, a division of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

The graphic design judge this year is Joel Anderson, owner/creative director for the Anderson Design Group. After graduating from Ringling School of Art & Design in 1986, Anderson moved to Nashville and worked at Carden & Cherry Advertising for seven years, winning an Emmy Award for his work on a CBS kids’ show. He co-founded Anderson Thomas Design in 1993, producing countless award-winning creative projects. In 2007, Anderson retooled the firm to specialize in branding, packaging and poster art. The Nashville Advertising Foundation named him Art Director of the Year in 2010.

For the 42nd Student Juried Exhibition, there were 247 fine art entries and 91 graphic design entries – a total of 358 overall entries. Out of all the entries, 41 fine art and 37 graphic design pieces were selected by the judges to be in the show. Along with choosing which works will be displayed, judges select their choice for first, second and third-place awards in fine art and graphic design. These works, along with other prizes and awards, will be announced at a special reception on March 27 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

The 42nd Student Juried Exhibit will run from March 4–28 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. –4 p.m.

For questions, contact the Department of Art at 662-325-2970, or email Jake Weigel, exhibitions coordinator, at

Read the story on MSU’s website.

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