Arcadia University is in the throes of its 2014 Student Biennial Juried Exhibition. The show, which showcases students’ photographs, paintings, sculpture and metal work, runs through Feb. 23 in the Commons Art Gallery.
Judith Tannenbaum, adjunct curator at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, is this year’s juror. She selected 26 entries from a pool of 127 works submitted by Arcadia students. Other media displayed include ceramics; graphite, ink, and charcoal drawings and video installation.
“Judith was incredibly thorough, revisiting her choices again and again to ensure that she had considered every submission carefully while at the same time remaining attentive to the need to create a well-balanced exhibition that would reference every concentration in the program,” Richard Torchia, director of the Arcadia University Art Gallery, said. “In general, her attention to detail reveals a sensibility that valued fully resolved works and their ability to engage the viewer in a very immediate way.”
A lecture by Tannenbaum surveying her work as a curator is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the University Commons Great Room. A reception to celebrate the exhibiting artists will follow. Five individual prizes, voted on by the Art Department faculty, will be presented to the winning students. Both events are free.
Tannenbaum is perhaps most notable for the leadership she demonstrated as Interim Director of The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia in 1989-90, when she became the spokeswoman for the defense of public funding for the arts and artistic freedom in relation to the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition originated by the ICA.
Artists in the current exhibition include:
Jaxson Arnold, Shuo Chen, Melissa D’Arcangelo, Deana Dinelli, Sherrie Harbove, Arianna Kendra, Cameron King, Kyle Lascelle, Danielle Leon, Samantha McGill, Kimberly McNamara, Sandra Nguyen, Kelsey Pendergast, Kandice Poole, Kathryn Rauth, Madeline Seton, Daniel Schaub, Samantha Simmons, Allison Sims, Ashley Walter, Amanda Whittaker, Kara Wright, Robert Yurasits, and Emma Zirkle.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.