Tacoma, Wash. – University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery announces the 2011 Art Students Annual, on display from Nov. 14 to Dec. 10, 2011. The opening reception is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 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 members.
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 Amy McBride, arts administrator for the city of Tacoma since 2005. McBride came to Tacoma in 1999, after coordinating the arts program for Bellevue College's extension program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from University of Washington-Tacoma. She also holds a certificate in fundraising management from University of Washington.
McBride has presented nationally on issues of public art, temporary art installations, and civic democracy through Americans for the Arts. She recently spearheaded Tacoma’s successful temporary art and residency project, Spaceworks Tacoma, which activates empty storefronts with creative use. Working with the Tacoma Arts Commission she manages three funding programs for arts organizations and artists, implements public art projects, develops innovative and collaborative programming, and formulates effective policy. McBride also is a sculptor whose training includes study at Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
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.
Opening Reception: Nov. 16, 5 to 7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery
Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA
Directions and Map: www.pugetsound.edu/directions
Regular Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri.; noon–5 p.m., Saturday*
*Please note that the gallery will be closed during Thanksgiving break, Nov. 23–27, and for winter break, Dec. 17, 2011, to Jan. 16, 2012.
Photo on page: Some of the artwork at the 2010 Art Students Annual