University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery announces the 2009 Art Students Annual, on display from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12, 2009. The opening reception is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Merit awards donated by local art-related businesses and institutions will be presented at 6 p.m. The reception is open to the university community, as well as the general public.
The Art Students Annual is a longstanding tradition for the Puget Sound art department. Any student currently enrolled at University of Puget Sound who has taken a studio class either on campus or in a study abroad program is eligible to enter the juried show; students are not required to be art majors. Generally, the artworks submitted for exhibition were created as part of class assignments or independent studies supervised by art faculty. Studio courses offered by Puget Sound’s art department include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramic sculpture, and photography. The show presents an intriguing range of problem-solving approaches in a variety of media.
The juror for this year’s exhibition is Nicholas Nyland, visual artist and Public Art Planner, Pierce County Arts and Cultural Services Division. He oversees the acquisition, care, and display of Pierce County’s contemporary art collection and also pursues an active career as a visual artist. Nyland received his B.F.A. from University of Washington and his M.F.A. from University of Pennsylvania, and participated in studio art programs in London and Rome. In 2008 he received an Artist Trust Fellowship and was a nominee for the distinguished Betty Bowen Award. He has had solo exhibitions at OHGE Ltd. and SOIL in Seattle, and at Mineral in Tacoma. His work was included in the eighth Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, and he has shown work in numerous group exhibitions at galleries including SOIL, Lawrimore Project, and OHGE Ltd. in Seattle; Pulliam Gallery in Portland; Helm, Mineral, and the Telephone Room Gallery in Tacoma; as well as venues in Peoria, Ill., and Miami Beach, Fla.
Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the art department and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.
Kittredge Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA
Regular Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday; noon–5 p.m., Saturday*
*Please note that the gallery is closed on Sunday and during university holidays.
For additional information call the art department at 253.879.2806.
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