URI Fine Art Majors Learn to Exhibit Their Artwork Professionally

URI Fine Art Majors Learn to Exhibit Their Artwork Professionally


Senior Seminar is a capstone course in the department of Art and Art History. And the goal of the class is to develop a body of work and to present it professionally at the end of the semester. It brings together a group of students working together in their choice of media. This semester I’ll be working with print making but also with sculpture. I’m working with stone lithography. Right now, I’m working in acrylic but I’m planning on branching out. Currently working in charcoal drawings.
My medium is sports photography. The medium I am working in is acrylic paint, spray paint, and masking tape. I am a striclty paint and canvas guy… old fashioned. One of the things I really like about teaching this class is that you do have students workin in a variety of medium. Sometimes they don’t know each other that well because they’ve been concentrating in photo or concentrating in painting and they don’t cross paths in class. But they work together as a group, they talk to each other, they give each other ideas. We do also have outside critiques.
“Is this how you wanted it exhibited.”
“I actually wanted to…” It’s part of the learning process. For them, learning to show their work to different people… people that don’t know them and dealing with that criticism. Student: It’s really interesting spending time with a bunch of seniors who have a lot of practice with critiquing, a lot of great ideas, and a lot of helpful input. Just being able to feed of each other and help each other out. Barbara: So we’ve been lucky enough in recent years to have exhibitions scheduled at the end of the semester at various venues. So the students have shown at One Way Gallery in Narragansett, Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Gallery Z in Providence and this year for the first time we’re going to the other side of the bay and we’re showing at the Imago Gallery in Warren, Rhode Island. As we get close to the exhibition there are a lot of details when you’re bringing the work. You’re not showing the work in the hallways at URI. You’re showing it in a gallery. How are you going to present the work? How’s it going to be framed? List your work, the title, the medium, the price. How do you price the work? So when they’re bringing it out into the world, they have to be prepared to answer all of those questions.

Dereck Turner

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