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VTA Student Art Exhibit slated for April 15

By Loretta McDonald & Tiffany Sanders
On April 15, 2008

The Department of Visual and Theatre Arts will present another spectacular VTA Annual Student Art Exhibition beginning with an opening reception, slated from 5-7 p.m., April 15 in the gallery of the Fine Arts Building.The exhibition will feature the innovative work of visual arts students from throughout the 2007-2008 school year. Students submit artwork in several categories for review by the visual arts faculty for inclusion in the department's popular end-of-the-year extravaganza.

Selected student work will be put on display for judging by the art faculty members. They will then personally rate each exhibit. First, second, third place and two honorable mentions will be awarded to the best exhibits at the opening reception. Cash awards are given for Best of Show overall and first through third places in each category.

This year's exhibition categories include painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture, graphic design/photography, 2-D and mixed media, fibers and printmaking.

They will also be giving away three gift certificates to participating students from Plaza Arts Company, which is an art supplier out of Nashville.

Roughly 30 to 40 students will be competing in the contest.

"The show is really strong this year," said Diane Shaw, Assistant Professor of Visual and Theatre Arts. "A wide variety of media have been submitted, and there are many students participating. They have done a really good job."

Visual and Theatre Arts Department Chair Doug Cook said the exhibition is one of the most exciting events sponsored by the department.

"Creative and innovative cumulative works representing our best young artists are displayed for friends and family, campus and community," he said.

"It's what we do as visual artists, sharing our vision of the world around us. If you play baseball you eventually want to be up to bat with the bases loaded. If you're an artist, you eventually want your work displayed in public exhibition," Cook said.

The exhibition will run through Monday, April 28.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts at 881-7400.

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