Students and Faculty Show Off Artwork in Annual Art Exhibit

March 24, 2010

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Art by students and faculty of Baylor University will be showcased at Martin Museum of Art for the Art Student and Studio Faculty Exhibition from March 25 through April 26. This annual event opens with a reception and award ceremony and brings in guest artists from universities across Texas to jury art exhibited by students.

This year, Bill Wiman, distinguished professor emeritus of art at the University of Texas at Austin, will select 80 from 220 pieces to feature at Martin Museum Gallery I. Students submitted their artwork earlier this year and will be honored at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, for a reception and award ceremony at the museum. The event is open to the public and will be able to bid on student and faculty artwork displayed in the museum.

"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 Martin Museum.

Wiman will also pick seven student pieces to receive the Juror's Choice Award.

Gallery II will contain original works of art created by the studio art faculty in a wide range of media.

"The art students also benefit from seeing the most recent artwork created by their studio professors," Gilliam said. "The faculty exhibition is a stimulating environment for discussion. The students always come away with additional insight and respect for their professors."

Wiman earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida, Gainsville, Fla., and has been included in more than 90 exhibitions, including 21 solo exhibitions, in the United States. His work is represented in 17 public collections including the Butler Institute of American Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Art Institute and the Oklahoma Art Center.

The Martin Museum of Art is in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center at 60 Baylor Ave. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and events are open to the public.

For more information visit www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum or call 254-710-1867.

by Colton Wright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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