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The Gallery of Contemporary Art will host the opening of the 2004 Student Art Exhibition with a public reception on Friday, Friday, April 26, 5:00-7:30 pm. The “Salon des Refuses”, which consists of work not accepted into the museum exhibit, may be seen in conjuction with the juried Student Exhibition. The Salon des Refuses is named after the show sanctioned by Napoleaon III in 1863, as a result of public outcry at the Impressionist’s exclusion from the annual French Academies Beaux Arts Salon. Students may opt to have their work included in this exhibit if they wish. The spin-off exhibit at CU has become very popular in recent years and invites comparison with the “accepted” works included in the juried exhibit.
Submissions to this annual juried exhibition are open to any student enrolled at CU Colorado Springs. These exhibits are typically very exciting as they include a broad range of experimental work executed by UCCS students in virtually all media. The exhibition is often the first opportunity for emerging artists to exhibit their work in a museum setting. The annual student showalso provides a means for the public to spot potential talent and to aquire origional art inexpensively before an artist’s career is established.
Jurors for this years show are Rodney Wood, artist, teacher, former gallery owner and BAC Director, and Jina Pierce, former Tri-Lakes Art Center Director and current Curator at the Sangre de Cristo Art and Conference Center in Pueblo.
A special fund from the University Center, the Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Chancelor’s office at UCCS has been used in the past years to allow the acquisition of student work from the exhibit. Representatives of each entity collaboratively select these works. Works aquired through this fund are displayed in various public areas within the University Center and Administrative offices.
Support for the exhibitions provided by the Students’ Art Connection, the campus art club; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; Colorado Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Colorado General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts; UCCS Student Government Association on behalf of the Student Body; the Gallery’s Membership Organization; Springs Magazine; Phantom Canyon Brewing Company; and Bristol Brewing Company.