Each year, artists from Northwestern and Dordt bring their work together to be displayed in a combined juried art show. NW students select pieces from Dordt to be featured, and students from Dordt select the NW pieces for the show.
Last year marked the 18th annual Dordt/NW show, and the pieces were on display at the Dordt College Gallery. This year, NW has the opportunity to house pieces from student artists from both schools.
For NW, the jurors are Shelby Maznio, Camille Visser and Ya Wen Liu. They will pick the work that makes the show Nov. 20. Maznio, who has submitted in the past, is looking forward to the opporunity to be more involved in the process.
“I was really excited when I got the email, just to have the opportunity to be a part of this for my final year and to be more involved than just submitting,” Maznio said. “I don’t know the exact guidelines that we’ll have to go off of, or how we’ll go about choosing, but for myself, I want to look for those unique pieces that stand out, the ones that are a little bit different than the normal.”
Students are allowed to submit up to four pieces until Nov. 20, and the show will be open Nov. 27 – Dec. 8. A formal gallery reception date is yet to be decided. Once the reception date is finalized, each group of jurors will select a “best in show” piece for each school.
Any NW student can enter their work. The show is not limited to only art majors, and a variety of students submit every year. The art professors hope students across campuses feel inspired to enter and show their work.
“We’d love to see work from anyone who is creative,” Professor Stokes encourages.
Maznio echoed the same sentiment, saying: “Submitting is really easy…Anyone can submit — you don’t have to be an art major — which is cool, since there are a lot of artistsic people who aren’t art majors that get to show off their work.”
Any medium will also be accepted, whether it be sculpture, ceramics, drawing or painting. The jurors hope to make a cohesive show while still having a variety of work on display.
The juried art show is just one of the many opportunities the art department holds for students to showcase their own creative works. If you are interested in submitting some of your pieces to the show — no matter what your major may be — contact art professor Emily Stokes for more information, or keep an eye out for any annoucements.