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Wilson To Hold Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Posted: March 25, 2011

3/25/2011 Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, to marking the opening of the the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. The exhibit, presented by Wilson’s Department of Fine Arts and Dance, will continue through April 22 in the Bogigian Gallery, which is located on the second floor of Lortz Hall.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 25, 2011
CONTACT: Philip Lindsey, Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3305
Email: philip.lindsey@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, to marking the opening of the the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition, presented by Wilson’s Department of Fine Arts and Dance, will continue through April 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 exhibition 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 Janine Davis, artist/owner of Moon Dog Pottery of Mercersburg.

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 philip.lindsey@wilson.edu.

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Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Wilson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011