The best work by Brigham Young University art students for the 1988-89 school year will be highlighted for two months in the Harris Fine Art Center's two major art galleries beginning Thursday.
Selections on display will have been juried by the Art Department faculty and further juried for prizes by national art critic Theodore Wolff of the Christian Science Monitor.A reception will open the show on Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. in the B. F. Larsen Gallery and The Secured Gallery. Larsen art can then be seen daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the Secured Gallery will be open Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Both exhibits are free and will remain on exhibit through May 26.
"The value of this kind of show is that it demonstrates, at least among the better students, the risks and energy young artists are willing to take," explains Robert Marshall, department chairman. "They don't know what can't be done and their art reflects a willingness to step outside of norms and experiment. The really good pieces reflect that."
Students submitting works are judged for many reasons beyond the obvious merits of their art, according to Marshall.
"We judge them as `yes,' `no' and `maybe' by following several criteria. On one hand, we want to reflect the quality of the BYU Art Department, but at the same time, we want to encourage the students. We may have a student whose work is not the finest among the entries, but whose skill has improved by quantum leaps during the year - and we would probably accept the art. This kind of balancing may not be the way exhibits are usually measured, but we bring in a national critic each year - from the outside and free from any of our perceptions - to judge the show again, this time for awards."
The art show culminates a week of activities known as Art Focus '89. During the art week, the disciplines of studio art, art education and art history are brought together for lectures and demonstrations. A full schedule of events is available through the Art Department.