Posting Date: July 23, 2010
Kennesaw State English department purchases student artwork
Process provides art students with valuable experience
By Rochelle S. Wilson
"Harper Lee" by KSU art student April Marten
This past April, the Kennesaw State University Department of English purchased 15 pieces of original artwork from KSU art students. “Like all original art, this is something that brings pleasure to the viewers,” says Associate Professor of Art Joe Remillard. The artwork varied in size and price and included oil paintings, collages, woodcuts, watercolors and lithographs.
Inspired by other programs with similar experiences, the English department invited students to submit their artwork for consideration. Students priced their own work—nothing could be over $200—and there were no thematic limitations to the work. After students dropped off their work, a selection committee from the department selected the works. “They had a budget that they could spend, and they went shopping,” says Remillard.
Students were pleased with the process. Senior art major April Marten had two of her cut-paper design works purchased. “I was a little bit nervous about presenting my art to be sold, because sometimes as an artist it’s hard to part with your work. But in selling it to KSU, I thought that would be a great way for my art to always be around,” she says.
Art student Savannah Billington sold “Whirley,” a photograph of fair rides set against a sunset. “This is a step in the direction I want to go, which is to become a fine arts photographer,” she says. “I would like to thank the English department for their generosity in giving me the opportunity to sell my work.”
The pieces are currently in the framing process and will be on display throughout the English Building in September.