Annual Art Competition Attracts National Talent

The University Art Gallery is displaying artwork from across the United States for the 15th Annual National Art Competition.

The new show exhibits pieces from artists selected by juror Dean Sobel, the director and chief curator of the Aspen Art Center. Sobel chose eight artists to showcase their work in this year’s competition. A focus on fewer artists and a small-group format for the show marks a change from past years.

Sobel said he wanted to present quality over quantity in terms of the artwork. “My hope was to select an exhibition that was not simply the best eight artists, but rather, to select a group of artists that would span media and styles,” Sobel said.

The art competition pieces will be on display through April 9. The Art Gallery is open Mondays-Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-5 pm., and Saturdays from noon-4:30 p.m. For more information about this exhibit or other Gallery presentations, contact Aaron Fine at 785.5386 or

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