Art Exhibit Showcases Student Work

Peeling Heart 2023, earthenware with velvet underglazes, Linqi Yuan

The Annual Juried Student Exhibition will run through April 25 in the University Art Gallery.

Each year, the gallery hosts the Annual Juried Student Exhibition in which students submit work to be juried by a visiting artist. The display is entirely made up of student work from “Truman experiences,” which means it was created while at Truman. This exhibit is a good opportunity for students to showcase some of their works on campus.

“The show is a great representation of what is made here at Truman through the mentoring of our professors,” said Rianna Rice, art gallery director.

This year’s guest juror is artist Lorena Molina. She is currently an assistant professor of photography and digital media at the University of Houston. She’s also the founder and the director of Third Space Gallery, a community space and gallery that supports and highlights BIPOC artists in Cincinnati.

For several years Molina has been exploring questions about identity in the margins. She views margins as a place where violence and pain happen, but also a place for resisting, dreaming and healing. Her exhibition, “This must be the place,” will be on display March 19-April 25, and includes images of still life arrangements, landscapes and portraits that represent and attempt to piece together what her identity in the margins looks like. Her exhibit seeks to show her place in the world outside of the trauma, thus creating a place that allows for joy and beauty. Molina will give a virtual artist talk at 2 p.m. April 22.

A closing reception for the exhibitions will take place 3-4 p.m. April 18. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
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