Montana State University School of Art and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery (HECGallery) are pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Undergraduate Vox Populi Exhibition. This annual juried exhibition is a diverse and unique selection of artworks by MSU undergraduate students from across the campus. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Please join us for the closing reception on Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be provided.
This year’s juror is Royce Smith, the new Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Montana State University. An award-winning professor and self-described creative thinker, Smith has innovated international service learning experiences for his students and has curated exhibitions in Paraguay, Cuba, Brazil and Australia. He is a recipient of the 2015 Wichita State University President’s Innovation Award. In 2015, Smith won a Fulbright Award to Paraguay to create and curate the Asunción Biennial, a first-ever, large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art. He also was selected to chair a panel and give a presentation at the Theoretical Forum for the 30th anniversary of the Havana Biennale in Cuba and gave an invited lecture at the “Biennials: Prospect and Perspectives” symposium hosted by the World Biennial Forum at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. He has been an excellent and exciting addition to the College of Arts and Architecture.
As incentive for student participation, we hold a raffle open to all students who submitted artwork. In addition, raffle tickets will be for sale on the night of the reception. The drawing will be held on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:30pm. So far, donated items from the community include $100 from Cello, $25 from Dave’s Sushi, $25 from Ace Hardware, a gift certificate from La Parilla, and donations from Tart! Last year we had a fantastic turnout for donations, and we hope for the same this year. All proceeds from the raffle go to the HEC Gallery and Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery.
So far we have acquired the following donations from the local community:
Four passes to the Museum of the Rockies
$25 to Ace Hardware
Two gift certificates to Dave’s Sushi– $25 each
$50 Gift certificate to 14 North
Gift certificate from Cello
Gift certificate to La Parilla
A gift from Tart
A gift from Heyday
Also, we are looking forward to work donated by Gesine Janzen and gifts from Western Cafe