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Student artists learn to display work like professionals

February 21, 2020

The 2020 Juried Skidmore Student Exhibition, on display at the Schick Art Gallery through March 3, celebrates the imagination and skill of Skidmore art students while preparing them to present their art professionally.

The annual exhibition, a more than 50-year-old tradition, is open to any matriculated Skidmore student who has taken at least one art class at the College in the past year. A variety of mediums are welcome, including prints, photographs, sculptures, graphic design projects, paintings, drawings, animations, fibers, jewelry and ceramics.

This show is really important because it gives students the opportunity to show their work in collaboration with other artists."
Mallory Perry '20
art major

From approximately 250 entries, a guest juror selects around 80 works for exhibition and 10 outstanding works for special recognition.

"Even if your art isn't chosen for the exhibition, it's great to go through the process," said Perry.

Skidmore students view artwork during the 2020 juried Skidmore student exhibition at the Schick Art Gallery

Skidmore students view artwork during the 2020 Juried Skidmore Student Exhibition at the Schick Art Gallery on Feb. 4.

The jurying is completely blind, meaning the juror is not told who created what work, what year they are or whether they are an art major. Skidmore faculty and Schick staff do not have input in the process, other than selecting a juror. 

This year's guest juror is Kenny Rivero, a painter and sculptor who lives and works in New York City. Rivero's work deconstructs histories and identities that are often understood as absolute.

Awards totaling more than $1,000 are donated by friends of the gallery, campus organizations and community benefactors, including Adirondack Trust Co., Soave Faire Art Supply and Allerdice Building Supply.

Maurice Thompson ’22 looks at art during the 2020 Juried Skidmore Student Exhibition at the Schick Art Gallery

Maurice Thompson ’22 looks at art during the 2020 Juried Skidmore Student Exhibition at the Schick Art Gallery on Feb. 4.

The Juried Skidmore Student Exhibition is on view at the Schick Art Gallery in the Saisselin Art Building, a venue that hosts a rotating schedule of shows, receptions and artist talks.

"It's an important space on campus because students can show their work here and it's a space where students and professors can come together to enjoy the arts," said Perry.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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