Students show off work in annual Chautauqua School of Art exhibition


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Artist Trina Turturici listens to music by Unknown Mortal Orchestra while she works in her studio late into the evening in preparation for the 2013 School of Art Annual Student exhibition.

After three weeks of toiling in their studios, the work of the art students will be featured in the Chautauqua School of Art Annual Student Exhibition.

The exhibition will open at 3 p.m. Sunday, on both floors of the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center.

“It’s a race. It’s been a race for the students, too,” Artistic Director Don Kimes said.

Kimes will do studio walkthroughs Friday and pick one to three pieces from each student, he said.

The pieces will be taken to the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center on Saturday to be placed and hung, which is a very short time frame for a show that large, Kimes said.

“It’s tight. It’s a very fast turnover,” he said.

Kimes said he has the show early in the summer so the students are not preoccupied with their work and can focus on their studio processes.

“I don’t want them to spend the whole summer working toward the show,” he said. “I want them to spend the summer pursuing their ideas they’re pursuing in their studio.”

Kimes said the show offers the students a chance to empty out their studios and recharge and that, while a lot of interesting work has been done, there will be more to come after the exhibition.

“It will be really interesting to see all the work, but a lot of them will do their best work in the next two to three weeks,” he said.

Junghee “Judy” Koo has been working on a sculpture for the show. Normally an oil painter, she will create paintings based off her sculpture and “see what happens.”

Koo’s sculpture consists of bed sheets, foam, string and other objects she has found.

“I just used all the materials I have besides paint just to refresh my mind a bit,” she said.

Ceramist Jeremiah Ibarra is working on several multimedia pieces for the show consisting of clay, wood, canvas and paper.

This summer, he has been working with clay and doing fine woodwork pieces with plywood.

“It’s kind of back and forth with different materials,” he said.

Ibarra said he has been working differently this summer than he normally would. Talks at the School of Art have helped with the time constraints of the show.

“Things like making and analyzing afterwards have become really important because you have to do it that way because of the time crunch,” he said.

While it’s not his normal process, he said he’s enjoyed it and that his pieces have been a “little tighter” than they usually are.

Along with Koo and Ibarra, the work of 36 art students will be featured, which makes for an interesting show, Kimes said.

“It will be very eclectic, wide-ranging work, not just in terms of media but also in terms of sensibility,” he said.

The wide-ranging show is different from typical gallery shows because the show is created from the pieces instead of the pieces being created for the show with a certain theme of mind. According to Kimes, that gives it a look atypical from a normal gallery show.

“Art isn’t just about beauty. Art can be about questioning preconceptions,” he said. “Art can be about challenging societal norms. Art can be about so many things, not just something that fits in that band of what looks nice in a gallery.”

Despite the tight time frame for preparation, Kimes said once they get the pieces on the walls, people always love what they see.

“It’s always the most popular show of the summer. I think the community really likes to support the students,” he said. “It’s the art school’s venue for their work in the same way that the Amphitheater is the venue for the dance program.”