Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Opening reception, fashion show for Finlandia art and design students is Mar. 28

HANCOCK -- An opening reception for a juried exhibit of artwork by Finlandia University art and design students will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 28, at the Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock.

Melanie Houghton: Homage to Hofmann, oil painting. (Photos courtesy Finlandia University)

A fashion show will begin at 7:15 p.m., and awards for student excellence will be presented. Much of the artwork will be available for purchase. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition includes art by students working in media including drawing, painting, illustration, ceramic design, fiber arts and fashion design, sculpture, integrated design, graphic design, digital media, photography, and mixed media/installation.

Dylan Peterson: Reuse Chair, old walkers and scrap canvas.  

Gallery director Carrie Flaspohler notes that the structure of the juried student exhibit has been changed this year.

"This year students entered work in one of three categories: two dimensional, three dimensional, and freshman work," Flaspohler says, explaining that the reduced number of categories is intended to eliminate artificial separations of media and encourage students to be inventive in their use and combinations of artistic media.

Sarah Jalkanen: Original Bag Design with Jacquard Fabric, designed fabric and hand-woven strap.

In each of the three categories, the jury will select a first and second place award, and an honorable mention award. The jury is comprised of a faculty member, a graduating ISAD (International School of Art and Design) senior, and a community member.

Finlandia art and design student Tori Schwanke installs work by Hailey Macias: These Nuts, digital photography.

New awards this year are a Best of Show Award, a Faculty Award -- an outstanding work selected by ISAD faculty -- and a Purchase Award -- a work which the ISAD will purchase for its permanent collection.

The exhibit is featured from March 28 through April 17, 2013.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy St., downtown Hancock.  For information, call 487-7500.

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