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MSU Exhibit: Off Campus
First of all, I am very grateful to the Livingston Center for Arts and Culture for offering this opportunity to the students of the College of Arts and Architecture at Montana State University. As an artist, it is so important to see one’s work outside the studio and to gain perspective on it in the context of a professional gallery or exhibition space. It is vital for students to show work to people other than college friends and professors, in order to get much needed feedback and exposure to a broader audience. It is also an excellent way to gain experience with the exhibition application process and installation of work outside of school.
In jurying this show, I was astonished at the wide variety of ideas, materials, and expressive approaches demonstrated by the applicants. Certain art pieces stood out from the rest. Some demonstrated small quiet subtleties, others asked questions of the viewer. Some pieces displayed vibrancy of color and texture, or elegance of composition. Attention to detail and a high level of craftsmanship also stood out to me. I wanted to highlight the best of this array of approaches to art-making, which represents many talented, smart and inquiring young artists in the beginning of their careers.
To all the artists who submitted work to this show: It was a pleasure to review your work, and I wish you all the very best as you continue!
– Gesine Janzen
October 18, 2019