The Gallery of Contemporary Art will host the opening of the 2005 Student Art Exhibition with a public reception on Friday, April 8, 2005 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. The exhibitions include the juried 2005 Student Art Exhibition at the Gallery of Contemporary Art, a university art museum, and the Salon des Refuses at the University Center. Both shows will continue on view at these adjacent locations through June 2, 2006 durring regularly scheduled hours.
Submissions for these annual shows are open to any UCCS student presently enrolled, or enrolled durring the Fall 2004 semester. These exhibits are intriguing as they include a broad range of experimental work executed by UCCS students in virtually all art media. The museum show is often the first opportunity for emerging artists to exhibit work in a museum setting. These annual shows also provide a ready means for the art going public to spot potential talent and to aquire origional art inexpensively before an artist’s career is established.
Jurors for this year’s museum show include Daisy McConnell, local artist and Director of Colorado College’s Coborn Gallery: and Malcolm McCollum, local writer, poet and artist, and a DeVry University Humanities and English Instructor, Malcolm previously taught at Pikes Peak Community College’s Downtown Studio and helped to operate that location’s art gallery. Both jurors are well known to the local art scene.
The Salon des Refuses consists of work submitted to the jurors, but not accepted into the museum show. Students may elect a rejected piece of work to be shown in this spin-off show. 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. The Impressionists are now regarded as the most well known artists of all time. The historical implication of this particular show title is designed to take some of the stigma of rejection away from the artists, and certainly invites comparison with the accepted work in the museum show.
These exhibitions are the only annual shows the Gallery of Contemporary Art regularly schedules. They always take place at the end of the spring semester and are collaborative projects involving the museum’s Gallery Management students, the UCCS Student Art Club, and the University Center. Essentially the exhibitions are wholly student projects designed to benefit the Student Art Club directly through submission fees, as well as to provide venues and practical experience to students involved in exhibiting art and learning about installing and promoting exhibitions.
A related art educational lecture series which takes place during the shows is ArtWeek. This year ArtWeek will take place between April 18th through the 22nd, and will include free daily presentations that are open to anyone. These events usually involve local or regional artists or art professionals, mid-career, who reveal how they got their careers off the ground, and specifically, what their artistic interests involve. This kind of exposure is very meaningful for emerging artists and can prove invaluable to the planning and implementaion of their careers.
The exhibitions and ArtWeek presentations are supported by the UCCS Student Government Association on the behalf of the student body’s cultural awareness; the Colorado Council on the Arts with assistance from the National endowment for the Arts and the Colorado General Assembly: the Stonehouse Agency; and the Gallery of Contemporary Art’s membership organization.