SRU students gearing up for juried art exhibition, April 2-19

Woman Painting

Linda Price-Sneddon, a Pittsburgh-based artist, will serve as the guest
juror for Slippery Rock University's Juried Student Art Exhibition,
April 2-19 at the Martha Gault Art Gallery.

March 20, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bragging rights and cash prizes will be on the line for a number of Slippery Rock University students courtesy of the April 2-19 Juried Student Art Exhibition at the Martha Gault Art Gallery.

The exhibition allows SRU students to submit up to three pieces of art made in Art Department classes for consideration. Guest juror Linda Price-Sneddon, a Pittsburgh-based artist, will select between 30-40 submissions for the exhibit and determine cash prize winners: $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. Prizes are funded by the Art Department's scholarship account. Winners will be announced at an awards reception at 5:30 p.m., April 2 at the Martha Gault Gallery.

"It's (the show) a great opportunity to show a variety of our students' work and recognize them in a competitive exhibition," said Theresa Antonellis, instructor of art and director of the Martha Gault Art Gallery, who expects between 50-70 submissions. "The students love it because it's a bit of a wild card event. They think it's great that the curator may have different tastes or perspectives compared to their professors in class."

Price-Sneddon is a painter who received classical training at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut, and is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Studio Program. In 2017, she received a Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grant for her exhibition of works on paper for the 2017 Chautauqua Institution summer season.

"I always like seeing what's happening in the schools and how the language of fine art is evolving," said Price-Sneddon, who has served as a guest juror for a variety of college exhibitions and community art organizations, as well as the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists. "I rarely pass up an opportunity to do this and I enjoy the role of pulling together things that might work well together in a show. I also like the opportunity be engaged with the students and looking for those artists who are in the early stages and trying to find their voice."

But what will she be looking for when selecting submissions from SRU students for the exhibition and awards?

"The thing that's most important to me is if there's a sense of integrity to the work, meaning that I'm able to tap into the artists who are genuinely striving to say something that is individual and unique to them," Price-Sneddon said. "I am looking for sincere quality to the work, if someone's really striving and if that person is putting themselves out there and taking a risk."

Submissions will be accepted at the Martha Gault Art Gallery from noon to 5 p.m., March 30. The exhibit will be open Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 2-19.

For more information, contact Antonellis at: 724.738.4209 or theresa.antonellis@sru.edu.

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