Lederer Gallery showcases Juried Art Exhibition winners

On Wednesday March 28 the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery highlighted campus-wide artistic talent at the opening of the 2012 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, which will run until April 14.

Students in all majors were encouraged to submit works for inclusion in the exhibition, which Gallery Director Cynthia Hawkins organized. Hawkins was responsible for advertising, selecting a juror to judge the artworks and mounting the chosen pieces in the Lederer Gallery. She had no say in choosing artworks for the show or its winners, however.

This year’s juror was Terry Chaka, gallery director at Baobab Cultural Center in Rochester. Hawkins said that a painter or sculptor usually fills the juror position and that it was her first time selecting a gallery director as juror.

The juror selects the artworks from a pool of submissions and chooses three winning pieces along with three honorable mentions. “[Chaka] actually chose a number of metals pieces which was really kind of interesting,” Hawkins said. “Metal pieces usually get honorable mentions, but have rarely won or placed.”

This year’s exhibition included multiple metal works such as jewelry pieces and even a large dragon sculpture. Metal pieces took two of the three top spots.

Sophomore Lydia Curran took first place after submitting two jewelry pieces and the winning piece, a pinch pot project she made in Ceramics I called “Three Heads.” The winners received gift certificates to Sundance Books and The Art Store at Southtown Plaza in Rochester.

Hawkins cited craftsmanship as one of the most prominent criteria for choosing winning artwork. Curran, who shared her process for making art, said, “It helps to be able to visualize [your project] before you start working. I sketch it out first and then try to make that in clay.” “Three Heads” features three ceramic faces – each with its own personality – connected by an arm-like form at the top.

As a math major, Curran also emphasized the range of submissions that makes the juried exhibition unique. “It shows that the art department isn’t just for art majors,” she said.

The Lederer Gallery will host a Museum Night on Tuesday April 10 featuring artworks from the exhibition along with performances by Geneseo Bhangra and several on-campus musical groups.