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Juried Student Art Exhibit Returns to St. Cloud State

ST. CLOUD — After a three-year hiatus, the 56th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition has returned to St. Cloud State University.

Pierre Happel-Christianart professor and director of the Kiehle Art Gallery, says more than 80 students submitted work for the exhibition in hopes of winning scholarships, prizes and the chance to have their work purchased by SCSU for the exhibit on campus.

It enters the art collection of the university, and then this art is exhibited. What has happened historically is that the most recent year’s purchases are displayed in the hallway outside the deans’ offices, and then they fit into the spaces of the campus buildings.

Jeff McMahon, WJON

Jeff McMahon, WJON

Makayla Zimmerman, a junior at SCSU with a double major in art and psychology, says her biggest goal was to do the final cut of the series. His piece, titled “Warm Place,” made the show.

The original goal was to get into the show, which I did, and then create works of art that could get some kind of award, get some kind of recognition.

The jury for this year’s exhibition is the artist and photographer from the twin towns region Pao Houa Her. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will open a solo exhibition of his work this summer.

Jeff McMahon, WJON

Jeff McMahon, WJON

The 56th annual juried student exhibition will be on view until April 29 at the Kiehle Art Gallery. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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