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Emerging Art" Exhibit Showcases KSC Student Work

KEENE, N.H. 3/25/02 - “Emerging Art,” the annual Keene State College art students exhibition, will open Saturday, April 20, at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. The 2002 exhibit will showcase works by senior art and graphic design majors as well as other students who have taken art courses at Keene State.

Friends of the Thorne will host an opening reception for the “Emerging Art” exhibit on Friday, April 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery. The art students’ exhibition will be on display through Sunday, May 12, and will be open that day from noon to 6 p.m. for Keene State College Commencement. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

For the first time, gallery visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite works in both graphic design and studio art. The artist of each winning selection will be presented with People’s Choice Commendations, which each carries a $100 cash prize sponsored by the Friends of the Thorne. The People’s Choice Commendations will be announced on Monday, April 29.

This is the third year that artwork by graphic design majors is included in the exhibition because graphic design is now part of the Art Department. The discipline formerly was a program of study offered by the Technology, Design, and Safety Department. Because of this change, the Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Review will take place in the Thorne Gallery on Friday, May 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Local businesspeople are invited to review the portfolios of graphic design seniors, most of whom are seeking employment upon graduation.

Seniors majoring in art and graphic design will be featured in “Emerging Art,” which also includes work by other non-graduating students taking art classes at Keene State. They will exhibit works in a variety of media including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and ceramics, as well as posters, advertising and packaging designs, promotional pieces, and books.

The student artwork is selected by Art Department faculty from work completed in each of their classes throughout the year. The 2002 exhibit represents all levels of courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, dimensional design, watercolor, photography, graphic design, and typography.

Both the exhibit and portfolio review are free and open to the public. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The gallery will be closed May 13-31 and will open Saturday, June 1, with one of two summer exhibitions. “Selections from the Collection,” an exhibition of work in the Thorne gallery’s permanent collection, will showcase 19th-century artists from the Dublin Art Colony, which flourished around New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock. The second summer exhibition will open Saturday, June 15, and will feature art, crafts, and collectibles by Keene State College faculty, staff, students, and Friends of the Thorne. During the summer, the gallery is open Saturday through Wednesday; closed Thursday and Friday.

For further information about the student and summer exhibitions, call 603-358-2720.

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