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CMU student exhibit featured in April at The Art Center

The 37th annual Colorado Mesa University Juried Student Exhibit is fully installed in two galleries of The Art Center. This annual collaborative of "North of North Ave." arts institutions is important to all involved. CMU emerging artists gain exposure in the greater community and The Art Center stays informed to the current trends and preoccupations of the next generation of artists. What is different this year from the past is only 49 works were selected, but the scale, power and ambition of the works have an incredible presence. This exhibition showcases both two and three-dimensional artwork using a variety of mediums which include printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, ceramic and mixed media work. Under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Art & Painting Heather Patterson McCulloch, Colorado Mesa University Art Department students enrolled in the "Professional Practice" course coordinate this exhibit each spring. Professional Practice prepares students for future endeavors with a career in the arts.The Professional Practices team had a bigger challenge this year in that they were de-installing one exhibit by flashlight due to a power outage caused by the neighborhood gas leak emergency. Many of the students walked their works over because of the subsequent emergency road closures. Xcel utility workers and the entire neighborhood loved the parade of paintings and sculptures as they moved past Seventh Street and made their way to The Art Center. This year's juror is Justin Nordine, owner of Raw Canvas Art Gallery in downtown Grand Junction. Justin is also a locally known fine artist and tattoo artist. In addition to the jurying process, members from the Associated Student Government at Colorado Mesa University will select 10 of their favorite pieces to hang in the Student Life area of the University Center for one year. This unique honorarium, given by students to students, promotes student work in a public environment.The opening reception is Friday, April 5, and is free and open to the public. Starting at 6:30, Nordine will speak briefly about his process in selecting the work for the show. Mitch Karstens, director of student life at CMU, will then announce the honorarium recipients. The reception will continue from 7-9 p.m. Guitar and vocals will be provided by Bryce MacEvoy, who is an acting/directing major at CMU. The Art Center celebrity bartenders for the evening are designer Dan Hannigan from RSW Partners, dancer/choreographer Natasha Krasnow, and Annalisa Pearson from the Business Incubator Center. The CMU Juried Student Exhibit runs through April 12.

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