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2021 Juried Student Exhibition 

April 23 – July 30, 2021

The Visual Arts Program is proud to present the Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Artworks in this exhibition are selected by an external juror and offer students a real-world experience in applying for a juried exhibition. In addition, over ten awards will be given as well as several purchase awards. The 2021 Juried Exhibition is a virtual showcase of student work.  

 

Content Advisory
This virtual exhibition may contain violence, nudity and provocative imagery and concepts.    


Juror
Joe Hedges (b. 1980) is an intermedia artist who has developed an expansive practice that weaves together oil painting, new media, music and installation. Hedges recent works explore ways conventional approaches to rendering with oil painting can literally and conceptually interface with new media elements, analog devices and objects to create works that are part-painting and part-installation or sculpture. As a curator, Hedges has worked with collective Near*By to stage ephemeral and interdisciplinary exhibitions that connect artists and pluralistic audiences. In Cincinnati, Ohio he ran Boom Gallery, a project space that featured exhibitions and curatorial experiments by regional and national artists including friend and frequent collaborator Corrina Mehiel (1982-2017).  https://www.joehedges.com/

 


Juror's Statement About the Exhibition
I was so pleased to serve as a juror for this exhibition and was excited by the quality and range of work. As an NKU alumnus, I remember my own excitement as a BFA student upon having work accepted for the student juried exhibition, and so I am especially delighted to be in a position to provide recognition to creative students at NKU now. I evaluated works based on demonstrated craft and technique in the medium, effective use of formal elements, and with some special consideration given to the quality of documentation images, particularly because this is an online exhibition. Then, I considered the content. I was struck by works that made me pause and reflect, that contained a sense of the personal or of a distinct perspective, or evoked feelings of mystery or intrigue. In short, I included works that I felt a viewer could have an active emotional or intellectual role in completing through looking. I found it especially difficult to choose the merit awards, because so many works were deserving of special recognition!

I was not surprised to discover that many of these works seem to speak to the sense of isolation that we all felt in some way or another during the last year of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is almost impossible to see these works without that filter. From the detached gaze of the figure in Wegner's accomplished painting "Love Letter” to the telling pose and expression of the individual in DeWald’s photograph “Face to Face" many works in this exhibition seemed to speak confidently and honestly to the difficulties all students are facing now. In works submitted where figures were present, nearly all the figures seemed to be in a moment of distress. Where figures were absent such as in still life or landscapes, that absence is keenly felt. Even in a “normal” year, being an art student is challenging and I realize that. With this in mind, I would like to applaud this group for their perseverance and achievements. With a society in a state of moral panic due to the one-two punch of the pandemic and mass realization of persistent societal inequities, we need artists and story-tellers more than ever to communicate their perspectives, and in doing so give viewers a window through which we can better understand both individual struggles and broader contemporary issues. I felt connected to the struggles—and talents—of these students through jurying this exhibition, and I am encouraged by their resilience. I am encouraged, too, to know that this group of artists will play a role in shaping the future, both within and beyond the fine arts. 

 
* Please contact Gallery Director, David Knight if you are interested in purchasing work.
knight@nku.edu or (859) 572-5148 


Virtual Gallery

 

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Adil Akhtar
Insecurity

Digital Photo
BEST IN SHOW

 

 

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Adil Akhtar
Nature's Essence

Digital Photo

 

 

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Adil Akhtar
Lost in Time

Medium format photo

 

 

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James Bailey
Don't Lose Your Head

Colored pencil and watercolor

 

 

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Mary Bays
Where the Focus Lies

Charcoal and chalk
MERIT AWARD

 

 

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Amanda Bollman
Reflections

Charcoal on paper

 

 

John Cantey
Breaking Down the Bricks

Video, 03:37
MERIT AWARD

 

 

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Ash Coleman
House of Cards: Legend
Laser printer on paper

 

 

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Payton Combs
Down the Rabbit Hole

Playing cards, wood, funnel

 

 

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Payton Combs
Still Life with Boot
Charcoal on paper

 

 

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Evey Cooper
Self Portrait (Goblin)
Digital

 

 

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Julia Crandall
The Text
Charcoal, acrylic, chalk & pastel on paper
MERIT AWARD

 

 

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Julia Crandall
Breaking Point
Charcoal on paper

 

 

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Patrick Davis
Autumist
Color Photography

 

 

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Patrick Davis
Pawley Girls
B/W Photography

 

 

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Natalie Desmarais
Call Me By Your Name Timeline
Digital Design

 

 

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Maria DeWald
Face to Face
Photograph
MERIT AWARD

 

 

Emily Ferry
Spaces

Video, 02:20

 

 

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Hallie Fogarty
Moment in Time
Drypoint print – ink on paper

 

 

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Hallie Fogarty
Manor
Linocut print – ink on paper

 

 

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Tyler Fraiture
Red Nose
Mixed media: wood & acrylic

 

 

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Tyler Fraiture
Red Nose
Mixed media: wood & acrylic

 

 

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Sydney Gregory
National Park Types
Digital spread

 

 

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Sydney Gregory
Ello AI Managed Email Client
Digital prototype

 

 

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Maria Groves
Exhausted
Graphite

 

 

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Khanh Ha
Tet
Watercolor on paper
MERIT AWARD

 

 

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Khanh Ha
Soul of Lotus
Watercolor on paper

 

 

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Hayes Hiltenbeitel
NKU Empty
Digital photography

 

 

Hayes Hiltenbeitel
Build Nothing::Build Nowhere 

GIF image sequence

 

 

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Jessica Jones
Green Man
Ceramic

 

 

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Helena Kaelin
Still Life
Oil
MERIT AWARD

 

 

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Helena Kaelin
Among the Lily Pads
Oil

 

 

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Helena Kaelin
Nymph
Stoneware

 

 

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Helena Kaelin
Nymph
Stoneware

 

 

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Greta Kelley
Taxidermy Fish
Ceramic, acrylic paint, mica powder feathers, a marble, wood plaque

 

 

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Greta Kelley
Taxidermy Fish
Ceramic, acrylic paint, mica powder feathers, a marble, wood plaque

 

 

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Greta Kelley
On the Inside Looking Out
Ceramic

 

 

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Greta Kelley
On the Inside Looking Out
Ceramic

 

 

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Anastasia Koloc
Portrait of a Girl
Charcoal on paper

 

 

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Anastasia Koloc
Face Less
Graphite on mylar

 

 

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Anastasia Koloc
Sara at Her Piano
Oil on panel

 

 

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Jane Langford
Still Life Studies
Pen on paper + digital

 

 

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Jane Langford
Grove Upon Her
Digital image

 

 

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Mackenzie Nelms
Bias in Ballet
Photoprints and paper
MERIT AWARD

 

 

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Mackenzie Nelms
Bernie
Digital

 

 

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Rachel Peavler
Self-Portrait
Oil on canvas

 

 

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Ella Rinehard
Self Control
Graphite on paper

 

 

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Ella Rinehard
Mid Afternoon Snack
Oil on board

 

 

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Serhiy Royter
Portrait of Augusta
Gouche on paper

 

 

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Serhiy Royter
Couple in Quarantine
Colored pencil on paper

 

 

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Jessica Ruehl
Late Nights
Ink on paper

 

 

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Em Sanning
Raye
Colored pencil

 

 

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Travis Sparks
Parental Guidance 1
Ceramic
MERIT AWARD

 

 

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Travis Sparks
Parental Guidance 1
Ceramic
MERIT AWARD

 

 

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Travis Sparks
Parental Guidance 2
Ceramic

 

 

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Travis Sparks
Parental Guidance 2
Ceramic

 

 

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Spencer Stead
Two Brothers Baking product lineup
Archival inkjet print

 

 

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Spencer Stead
Two Brothers Baking stationary
Archival inkjet print

 

 

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Spencer Stead
Burgeoning
Archival inkjet print

 

 

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Rusty Surgener
Existential Dread+Nihilism
Acrylic on canvas

 

 

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Olivia Thomas
Mother Nature's Return
Mixed media

 

 

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Olivia Thomas
Study of Love
Mixed media

 

 

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Amber Vickers
Drip
Oil on canvas

 

 

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Latonya Vires
Under Control
Graphic art

 

 

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Sally Wendt
Strange Nature
Digital photo

 

 

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Chloe Wenger
Love Letter
Oil on canvas
MERIT AWARD

 

 

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Chloe Wenger
Self Portrait
Ceramic sculpture

 

 

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Chloe Wenger
Metamorphosis of the Bastard
Ceramic sculpture

 

 

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Chloe Wenger
Metamorphosis of the Bastard
Ceramic sculpture

 

 

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Zoe Whelan
The Devil in my Bloodstream

 

 

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Zoe Whelan
Coexist
Ceramic with underglaze, glaze and luster

 

 

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Zoe Whelan
Coexist
Ceramic with underglaze, glaze and luster