April 8, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Mokume Gane Dome Ring captures top SRU art honors
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eric Charlton, a Slippery Rock University art major from Stoneboro, took the top $100 "Best in Show" award in the University's annual Student Juried Exhibition for his "Mokume Gane Dome Ring," a finger ring done using Japanese technique.
Eric Berdis, an art major from Erie, earned the $75 First Place Juror's Award for his textile piece titled "Face Gesture"; second place and $50 went to Travis Snyder, an art major from Harrisville, for his digital video titled "A Bitter Joke"; and Erica Valentine, an art major from Bethel Park, was awarded third place and $25 for her digital photograph titled "Hamna Bay Sea Urchin."
The exhibit remains on display through April 16 in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery located in Maltby Center. The exhibition features 36 student works submitted by 25 artists.
"This exhibition features a variety of two-dimensional works and three-dimensional forms, innovative art rooted in traditional materials, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between painting, craft, sculpture and conceptual art. In painting, printmaking, video and photography a range of techniques and themes are highlighted. Titles such as, 'There's a Fine Line Between Finding Yourself and Losing Your Way,' 'Tiny Things in the Grass,' 'Valediction' and 'The Third Eye' give insight into personal and sometimes fantastical narrative stories," said Kate Lydon, this year's judge.
Lydon is director of exhibitions at the Pittsburgh Society of Contemporary Craft where she oversees installation of exhibitions mounted at SCC's main Strip District gallery and its One Mellon satellite gallery in downtown Pittsburgh.
She offered compliments to each of the award winners citing Charlton's work as "capturing the elements of balance, proportion and craftsmanship," and Berdis's art for its "poetic rendering."
"It is my hope that an exploration of the 33 works included in this exhibition will challenge viewers to move beyond their own frame of reference when considering approaches to these media and the narrative perspectives of these participating artists," she said.
Lydon has dual degrees in art history and French from Denison University and her master's degree from the Archival, Museum and Editing Program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Nearly 125 works were submitted for consideration for the exhibition.
Sean Macmillan, assistant professor of art at SRU and Gault Gallery director, organized the show.
Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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