State Fair Community College art students were busy Thursday completing work for the upcoming 2016 Student Exhibition that will open Thursday, April 14.
SFCC Art Instructor Paul Allen said each year the work is fresh.
“It’s always different,” Allen said. “Depending on the young artist, different areas just end up stronger than other areas. I think oil painting is going to be stronger this year … I think it’s deeper than it was. Ceramics is going to be wonderful.”
Each student can have two pieces in the show that will include painting, drawing, print making, ceramics, and sculpture. Students turn their work in Monday and Daum Museum of Contemporary Art Director Tom Piché will set the show Tuesday. Afterward Allen and SFCC Ceramics Instructor Don Luper will hang the show.
Juror for the show this year is University of Missouri-Columbia Professor of Art Bede Clarke. Clarke will jury the show Wednesday.
Allen said when Clarke juries the show a first, second, third and honorable mentions will be awarded along with a SFCC President’s Award and two monetary awards from the Sedalia Visual Art Association.
“It’s exciting to have all of that,” he added.
Many of the pieces are for sale and the public is invited to attend and peruse the art.
“… If the piece is the first place award winner then we (SFCC) are allowed to buy it,” Allen noted. “By entering the show they agree to that.
“We encourage them to place prices on them,” he added. “Their prices are generally from about $50 to $500. For a big-sized oil painting $500 is not much. Most of them end up between $150 to $250, which is real affordable.”
On Thursday, Joshua Melte was working on a large abstract oil painting, one of two he will be entering in the exhibition next week. Melte was trying to decide on a title for the piece.
“I was thinking about calling it ‘Flushed Out,’ because all of this it goes up, but the forms keep their solid colors,” he said.
Melte said he had one more semester at SFCC before going on to pursue an art history degree. He added that he either wanted to teach art or work as a curator at an art museum.
He said he enjoyed oil painting best.
“I messed around with acrylic for about a year,” he added. “It just wasn’t my thing. (Oil) just blends better, I do a lot of blending.”
WIth the piece he was painting Thursday, he said he was “implementing line” much more than in his other works. Allen noted that Melte’s colors had brightened during the course of the year.
“I like what’s going on,” Allen said of the piece. “I love the brightness in the center. He’s very meticulous.”
Sarah Crews was busy working on a hand-colored etching for her contribution in the show. Crews first created an etching on a copper plate, then transferred it to paper, and hand-colored it creating a monoprint. She plans to attend the University of Central Missouri.
“It’s not all the way finished, but I’m working on it,” Crews said. “I love it, printing is my favorite thing to do. That’s actually what I’m going to be going to UCM for. I graduate this semester and then I’ll go to UCM for a bachelor’s in print making and marketing. So I’m pretty excited.”
“She’ll print an edition of these,” Allen said. “Then she’ll do a series of hand-colored ones, which what they end up being are monoprints not monotypes.”
Crews will also have a ceramic teapot in the exhibition.
Student Deaven Kaiser was working on a piece with colored pencil and pastel titled “Space Fish.”
“The fish is colored pencil and this is soft pastel,” Kaiser said. “Right now my degree’s not set up for art, but I plan to major in computer science at UCM.”
In the ceramics room many pieces were waiting to be fired for the show.
“This little guy will get done, it will get glazed tomorrow,” Luper said.
A rhinoceros beetle created by Alexandro “Marco” Himanaz was one of the more unusual ceramic pieces that will be in the exhibit. The large horned beetle was Himanaz’s third attempt to create the insect. Luper said the first one Himanaz didn’t care for and second broke while being fired.
“The second one the head blew off, now we’ve finally got one that made it all the way through,” Luper said smiling. “It’s been fired once, now we have to glaze it.”
Luper and Allen said there will also be some welded metal sculptures in the show.
“There’s always exciting stuff,” Allen added.
Allen noted there will be approximately 50 students participating in this year’s show.
The 2016 Student Exhibit will be shown in the Goddard Gallery and in the hallways just outside the gallery. The exhibit will open with a reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the campus of SFCC. It will run though May 8. The public is welcome to attend.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss; photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat.