Works by the winners of the Columbia Art League’s first juried Intercollegiate Showcase went on display on Tuesday at the league’s exhibit space on Ninth Street.
It was the first show open to all mid-Missouri colleges.
“Usually, most of the works we have displayed are by professionals or hobby artists,” said Jill Stedem, executive director of the Columbia Art League. “We wanted to reach a younger audience and let them have the professional experience of having their work juried.”
Awards were given for first through third places as well as four honorable mentions.
Aaron Fine, gallery director at Truman State University, was the juror for the exhibit.
“I was looking for both technical skill and rigorous concepts that go beyond cliché,” Fine said.
Fine says that when judging, he never knows what defines a first-place work until he sees it.
“There is of course something absurd about setting one artwork above the rest, as if the standards of athletic competition could be applied to artwork,” Fine said. “In the end it doesn’t mean much more than that the juror wants the viewers to take a second look at the piece and see that there is something worth grappling with.”
Amy Moeller received first place for her oil on canvas painting titled “Self-Portrait.”
Moeller, a third-year student at Columbia College, is from Mexico, Mo. She is an art major with an emphasis in printmaking and a minor in photography. Moeller is also the Columbia College student gallery curator.
Her first-place painting was an assignment for an advanced painting course. Rather than try to hide her brushstrokes, she made them visible in order to make the piece more emotive, and she included her studio in her painting.
“I wanted, as an artist, to include my space,” Moeller said. “The environment always tells more about the person, and the corner that I paint in is a part of me.”
Last fall, Moeller’s work was displayed in a national exhibit in St. Charles. Her work is also on display in the Women in the Arts exhibit in Brady Commons at MU.
Columbia College senior photography major Chase Thompson received second place for his black and white photograph “Hollywood.”
Thompson, from Fayette, has been studying photography for six years. He has entered his work in local and national shows in the past, and his work was included in the Visions Photography Show at First National Bank and Nikon’s Best of College Photography show.
A 2D design class gave Thompson the idea for “Hollywood.”
“I was thinking about shapes as compositions,” Thompson said. “I was intrigued by the variation of sizes and shapes of barrels and drums.”
Lincoln University senior art major Andrew Linn, from St. Louis, received third place for his acrylic on wood painting “Love is Chemistry — Sans Science.”
For the piece, his first collegiate show entry, he drew shapes and gave the sketches to someone else and asked them to elaborate on what they saw. He based the painting on their answers.
Thirty-two students from five colleges submitted 55 pieces; 33 were selected.
An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Columbia Art League, 111 S. Ninth St, Suite 140. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The works will be on display until April 9.