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Juried student art exhibit on display at Memorial Union Gallery

The Memorial Union Gallery is featuring the work of current NDSU student artists. The 42-piece show features ceramics, sculptures, drawings, paintings and other multi-media pieces created by 27 student artists during the 2008 academic year.

Linda A. Olson, juror for the show and an advocate for visual arts, is a professor of art at Minot State University and chair of the university’s Humanities Division. She awarded “Best of Show” to Mary Kinstler’s artwork titled “Death Comes to Us All.” Kinstler is from St. Peter, Minn., and is a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in art with an emphasis in painting.

Zak Helenske’s “A Progression of Jars” and Bradley Wehrman’s “Mores No. 3” both received honorable mentions. Helenske is from Fargo and is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in art with an emphasis in clay ceremonies. Wehrman is from Minneapolis. He is a junior double majoring in fine arts and architecture and environmental design.

In addition to the presentation of interesting content with some innovation, Olson said she chose Kinstler's piece as “Best of Show” because of its presentation of a personal style, growing technical expertise and the revisiting of a common theme through a series of works. "The same might be said for Helenske's investigation of lidded forms and Wehrman's mixed media painting, which presents a gutsy approach to the technique and stands out for its unusual materials approach," Olson said.

The show will run through Sunday, Feb. 22. The event is free and open to public.

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