Students Showcase Work in Martin Museum’s Baylor Art Student Exhibition

Sedrick Huckaby
Guest juror and speaker Sedrick Huckaby. Photo by Letitia Huckaby.
March 25, 2014

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WACO, Texas (March 25, 2014) - On March 27, the Martin Museum of Art will open its annual Baylor Art Student Exhibition, which will feature students’ original work, with a variety of it available for purchase. The exhibition will run through April 15 in the museum, at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.

Each year, a guest juror selects works of art to be showcased in the exhibition from more than 200 student entries. This year’s juror and lecturer is renowned Texas artist Sedrick Huckaby.

Huckaby’s impasto paintings celebrate family history, faith, and community. Combining the languages of representation and abstraction, they evoke overlooked cultural traditions and the improvisational colors of jazz. Huckaby earned his BFA at Boston University in 1997 and his MFA from Yale University in 1999, before returning home to Fort Worth. His paintings and drawings have been featured in numerous exhibitions across the country, and his works are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; and the African American Museum in Dallas.

Huckaby will select approximately 100 works from an average pool of 225 entries. This will be the first year the Student Art Exhibition will occupy both Gallery I and II, which will allow more art students the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition as an undergraduate.

“Whether a student’s work is accepted or not, we hope the students will see the jury process as a valuable experience that is an important part of their art education,” said Karin Gilliam, director of the museum. “It is also a wonderful opportunity for our community to purchase artwork and encourage our students.”

A reception and awards ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27. One-day parking passes are available for museum visitors and can be obtained at the museum reception desk or by emailing martin_museum@baylor.edu.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information on the Martin Museum of Art and its events visit its website or call 254-710-1867.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

ABOUT MARTIN MUSEUM OF ART

The museum’s mission is one of education and service by bringing outstanding art exhibitions, speakers and guest artists to Baylor University and Central Texas. The museum serves as a valuable teaching tool for students and faculty. Exhibitions complement the courses of art history and studio art taught within Baylor’s department of art. The permanent consists of approximately 1,300 objects representing a variety of art that has been donated to or purchased by Baylor. The collection contains art by such well-known artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Kathe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya, and Edouard-Leon Cortes. Included in the collection are approximately 300 paintings by famous watercolor artists, among them George Post, Phil Dike, Edgar Whitney and John Marin.

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