How exciting! Out of 1000 pieces submitted less then 100 were independently selected for the SRJS's student Art show...4 of which, I am proud to say, are mine! Lots of details below!
Seeds: A Collection of Student Works
Feb 5 – March 7, 2009
First of all, we would like to thank every single person who submitted work for consideration to the upcoming Student Art Exhibition at Santa Rosa Junior College. The support for this event has been phenomenal. From 142 applicants we received over 1000 student art submissions for consideration in the show. You, the students, worked so hard, even outside of class, to produce this work. The breadth, depth, and diversity of the work we received was and is incredible. The Santa Rosa Junior College has a wildly talented and committed student art community and for that, you should be proud.
The Gorilla Art Union is the first and only student art union at the Santa Rosa Junior College. In lieu of its new presence, the SRJC Gallery Committee offered the G.A.U. the challenging endeavor of running the 2009 student art exhibition. We gratefully accepted this task and are proud to say that Spring 2009 marks the first time that this annual art show has been student-run.
Collectively, we decided that this exhibition would be an ideal platform to provide students with the challenging, educational, and exciting opportunity to submit their work to a professionally juried art show. From the real-life process of submitting high quality work to a jury, to developing a professional-grade art show in a state-of-the-art gallery, the G.A.U has offered just that kind of experience. The result is "Seeds: A Collection of Student Works", a quality showcase that represents a variety of skill sets and mediums, presented to the standards of the professional art community.
Our juror, Nicole Lee, Visual Arts Programmer for the Sonoma County Arts Council, has selected roughly 100 pieces for display out of the 1000 she reviewed. She had a tremendous amount of high quality work to wade through, and after much deliberation, she came to some difficult aesthetic conclusions about what works would be physically displayed in the show.
At this point in time, all of the artists whose work was selected to hang in the show have been contacted. If you have not been contacted, by either phone or email, every piece you submitted online will be included in the large digital installation in the gallery. This installation is an integral part of the exhibit as it showcases each of you, and the work you do, individually. As one of our paramount concerns, we will continue to do our best to provide a platform for the students of SRJC to communicate with each other, and to the public via art adventures and show opportunities. We encourage all of you to keep putting your work out there; there is important and beautiful work coming from our student body and many opportunities to showcase it.
On behalf of the Gorilla Art Union, we would like to congratulate you on your contributions to Seeds: A Collection of Student Works and thank you again your hard work, time and effort.
Please regularly check your email as there will be ongoing updates about the show, volunteer opportunities, as well as new chances to submit and show your work
Mark your calendars! The opening reception is Feb. 5th from 6-8PM in the gallery on the bottom floor of the Frank P. Doyle Library. The reception is being catered by Seed (how serendipitous,) Santa Rosa's premiere gourmet vegan restaurant. There will be a DJ, and many good times to be had. Please invite your friends and family to check out your work on the big screen, enjoy some gourmet small bites, hear some good tunes, and support the students at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas for future initiatives don't hesitate to email us!
The G.A.U. (Gorilla Art Union)