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Appalachian’s Smith Gallery presents ‘Art and Design Expo 2017’ through March 30

By Jennie Carlisle

BOONE, N.C.—The Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University is presenting “Art and Design Expo 2017,” an annual juried student exhibition and arts competition for Appalachian students. The exhibition, which the Smith Gallery organized, will run through March 30. The gallery is located in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

View larger image“Reflections,” a digital print on canvas by senior industrial design major Peter Clare of Kernersville, is part of “Art and Design Expo 2017,” an exhibition of works by Appalachian State University students in the Smith Gallery at Appalachian. Photo by Peter ClareView larger image“Brachiam,” a metalwork cuff by senior studio art major Caleb Kirkman of Asheboro, is part of “Art and Design Expo 2017,” an exhibition of works by Appalachian State University students in the Smith Gallery at Appalachian. Photo by Caleb KirkmanView larger image“Tilt,” a wooden cabinet with metal fixtures by senior industrial design major Katelyn Kennedy of Greensboro, is part of “Art and Design Expo 2017,” an exhibition of works by Appalachian State University students in the Smith Gallery at Appalachian. Photo by Katelyn Kennedy

Awards for the exhibition’s best pieces will be announced during a reception from 5 – 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the gallery, as will any pieces purchased by a committee for the Appalachian Permanent Collection in the Plemmons Student Union (PSU).

Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

“Art and Design” was juried by Lia Newman, the director and curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, and Rebecca Tegtmeyer, a graphic designer and assistant professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University (MSU).

After considering hundreds of works for “Art and Design,” Newman and Tegtmeyer chose 51 works for the show. These are in various media, including clay, drawing, fibers, metals and jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design and video.

The two jurors will award first, second and third place prizes and determine the Best in Show winner. Gallery visitors may vote for their favorite piece until the evening of March 28 to determine the People’s Choice Award, the winner of which will receive $150. The winner of first prize will receive $200, second prize $150 and third prize $100. The Best in Show winner will get $300.

More about the jurors

Newman graduated from Winthrop University with a bachelor’s degree in art history and B.F.A. in general studio art with concentrations in sculpture and photography. She also earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke University. She came to Davidson from Artspace Inc. in Raleigh, where she served as director of programs and exhibitions from 2002-12.

Tegtmeyer is a graphic designer and assistant professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at MSU. Prior to entering the academic world, she worked at Willoughby Design, a boutique design studio; at Kuhn & Wittenborn, an integrated marketing agency; and at Hallmark Cards. She is the director of visual interaction design at MATRIX, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at MSU. In this role, she creates dynamic interactive environments for searching large data collections.

About the Smith Gallery

The Smith Gallery is located in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 733 Rivers Street on the campus of Appalachian State University. Admission is free for all events and programs. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during special events. Learn more at http://art.appstate.edu/cjs. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/smithgalleryappstate.

About the Department of Art

One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Department of Art at Appalachian State University prepares students to explore art, identity, expression and creative problem-solving while challenging them to go beyond their previous limits by discovering new connections to culture. The department offers degrees in art and visual culture, art education, graphic design, studio art, commercial photography and graphic arts and imaging technology, with minors in art history, studio art, commercial photography and graphic arts and imaging technology.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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