Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center Gallery will open the spring semester Monday, Jan. 11, with the 5th Annual National Juried Exhibition, featuring 30 artists from 17 states.
As this year’s juror, Huntington Museum of Art Executive Director Geoffrey Fleming will decide who receives the Juror’s Choice Award, which boasts a $200 minimum cash award.
“I think this year’s show encompasses a variety of different media and forms that will allow any viewer to discover something that will pique their interest,” Fleming said.
Artists from the exhibition utilized media ranging from the classic oil on canvas to unconventional conglomerates, such as Benjy Davies’ "Nagasaki Nest Requiem," which incorporates Poly-fil, chicken wire, ostrich egg, aluminum, paper and wood.
"We actually received 191 entries from 70 artists across the United States and whittled it down to just 30 who will exhibit," Megan Schultz, Visual Arts Center Gallery director, said. "It’s safe to say the juror has his work cut out for him in order to pick just one winner."
The show will be displayed in the home of Marshall’s School of Art and Design until Friday, Feb. 12, but the Juror’s Choice Award will be presented at an artist reception, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21. The reception is open to the public and free to attend.
The Visual Arts Center Gallery at 927 Third Ave. in downtown Huntington is open weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To learn more about Marshall’s School of Art and Design or its Visual Arts Center, visit www.marshall.edu/soad.
About the Juror
Geoffrey Fleming is the newly appointed executive director at the Huntington Museum of Art. Prior to this post, Fleming served as the Director of the Southold Historical Society Inc., in Southold, New York. Fleming received his Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and his Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of nearly two dozen books and catalogs on American history and art, including the award-winning publications “Charles Henry Miller, N.A.: Painter of Long Island” and “A World Unto itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York.”
Photos: (Above) "The Unknown Lives Around Us (III)," oil on canvas by Sam Boder
(Below)"Water & Glass 9," photograph; archival print by David Pittenger