Watkins will present the 2016 Currey Juried Student Show, featuring outstanding work in fine art, film, graphic design, interior design and photography, from February 4–March 10 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.
An opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Thursday, February 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
All Watkins students are eligible to submit projects created since Fall 2015, with eight winners–topped by the Anny Gowa Purchase Award–announced by President J. Kline at 6 p.m.
Christopher M. Lavery, assistant professor of art at Murray State University, will serve as juror. He holds an MFA in sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in photography and sculpture from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
His work has been exhibited nationally in Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, San Francisco (including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Denver Art Museum, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art), as well as internationally in Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Mexico, Palestine, and Peru. In 2008, he received the Emerging Public Artist Project Grant from the Colorado Percent for the Arts at Denver International Airport for his project entitled “Cloudscape”; the monumental scale project won an award in 2010 from the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network. He has held residency at the well-known Vermont Studio Center where he began to develop a new body of work about the rapidly developing global warming crisis and the melting of the polar icecaps. This spring he will be the Wabash College Presidential Fellow in Digital Arts and Human Values, funded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.watkins.edu.
Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center. Free parking is available in the campus lot.