Monday, May 19, 2008

Purchase Award Helps Beautify Library

The 73rd Annual Student Art Show, held at Ball State University’s Museum of Art, featured student artwork in all media, from painting and sculpture to video and furniture. Each year, a panel of professional jurors considers hundreds of works for selection in this show, narrowing the final selection to between 100 and 125. The result is a student exhibition that showcases outstanding student talent and quality artwork.

Ball State University Libraries selected for purchase Rooster, Guitar, Scott (oil on plywood with newspaper, 36”x36”), by senior Braydee A. Euliss.

Braydee, from Munster, Indiana, created the bright cubism-inspired artwork by starting with several sketches, one on top of the other, and manipulating the resulting image until she was pleased with the composition. The sketches were simply of a still life that contained, among several other things, a stuffed rooster, a guitar, and her professor Scott G. Anderson. She then transferred it onto the plywood, applied newspaper, and decided where to leave the raw wood showing through.

“Although the piece was created for an assignment, I feel I took it in a direction that made it my own, different from most of the examples I had seen,” she said.

Ball State’s annual Student Art Show began in 1935 and offers art students an opportunity to present artworks in a professional, juried setting. The accepted artworks were shown in Ball State’s Museum of Art through April.

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