Posting Date: March 9, 2009
Kennesaw State presents student art gallery at University Village Suites
By Michael Ruther
Visitors to KSU's University Village Suites enjoy student artwork.
Photo by Visions
Visions, Kennesaw State University’s student art organization, has a student gallery at KSU’s University Village Suites. The gallery’s first show was a photography exhibition by Emily Pellegrino and Kristel Nubla, which closed on Feb. 12. The gallery is now presenting its second exhibition entitled “Fabrications: Paintings Exploring the Surrealism of Existence.” The exhibition features paintings by students Rachel Wade, Jeff Brown, Marcy Starz, Stacia Chappell, Deanna Roland and gallery co-coordinators, Morgan Booker and April Marten. It will remain open through the week of March 16. Gallery exhibitions will run for about a month each.
Visions has an active role in the operation of the gallery. The organization’s coordinators accept student proposals, schedule the exhibitions and manage the opening and closing receptions in conjunction with the KSU Office of Residence Life.
Art student, Visions member and aspiring art administrator DeAnna Roland describes the gallery as “student-run and easy to get into. If you submit a proposal right now, there is not a huge line.” The main condition for exhibiting work is that it is ready to put on display. Graphic works must be wired and ready to hang, and sculptors are expected to build their own pedestals for sculpted works.
The students involved stress the benefits of a student gallery. The coordinators believe that it is significantly easier to arrange a show with the student gallery than it is with many galleries off campus. The gallery also provides a great opportunity for students to get their work on display, to get some experience arranging exhibits of their own and to garner the pride and recognition that comes with having artwork publicly displayed.
The next exhibit will be a book arts show involving mixed media. It is scheduled to open in mid-March. Students who are interested in the gallery should e-mail their questions and exhibition proposals to April Marten at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and submit proposals regardless of their majors.