Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, to marking the opening of the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. The exhibit, presented by Wilson’s Department of Fine Arts and Dance, will continue through March 22 in the Bogigian Gallery, which is located on the second floor of Lortz Hall.
The show provides a venue for Wilson students to share their work with the community. Like most open calls for entry, the exhibit will feature drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics, photographs and mixed-media artwork with a wide array of subject matter and content.
This year’s juror is Holly Strayer, a local artist and art instructor at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.
The exhibit is modeled after the famous salons of 19th century Paris, when the French government organized official exhibits that were juried by respected artist/academics. These were important exhibitions and were often the only venues for artists to share their work with the public.
In 1863, some 3,000 artists were rejected from the salon, including Cezanne, Manet and Whistler. Although artwork was refused every year, protests erupted over so many rejections and sparked Napoleon III to order an exhibit of the refused works so members of the public could decide for themselves if the artworks were indeed substandard.
In the spirit of the nonconforming artists who were refused from the state-sponsored event, Wilson’s student art exhibition will also include a Salon des Refusés (Salon of Refusals). Works rejected from the exhibit will be displayed in the second- and third-floor studios of Lortz Hall, and viewers are invited to decide for themselves now, as they were in Paris, if the art is substandard or not.
The Bogigian Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For additional information or an appointment, contact Philip Lindsey at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3305, or firstname.lastname@example.org.