Non-art Majors Participate in Juried Art Show

Students of various majors are showcasing their art from April 8-29 at Fawick Gallery.  

Students could choose up to five works to enter, and non-affiliated judges determined which would be displayed. The only restraint on the art is that it had to be created during the past two years by BW students.  

The judges will award over $1,000 in cash prizes.  

Groups on campus, such as the provost’s office, will also select some student art to rent and display in their offices for a year.  

According to Rich Cihlar, office manager for the Department of Art, the show fosters a competitive spirit similar to open exhibitions held in the “real world.”  

“Competition never hurts anybody,” Cihlar said. “We have had non-majors win best in show, the highest prize we offer, which sets a fire under our majors.”   

The judges selected first-year studio art major Adrienne Jurick’s art for the show. She also works for the gallery and helped install the exhibition.  

She said non-art majors bring a new perspective to her art classes and assignments.   

“I think it’s really cool having non-art majors in my classes,” said Jurick. “Not everybody is familiar with art so it’s fun to see people going through the process of figuring things out.”  

Jurick has two ceramic sculptures in the show, a clay tower made from slabs and a statue of an interpretation of COVID-19.  

“There is not too much meaning behind them,” said Jurick. “It was mostly just experimenting with clay and glazes and getting fun textures and different effects.” 

She said she is excited to see who will win best in show because there are so many diverse pieces.