University of San Francisco Celebrates Student Art in a Big Way

11th Annual Student Art Show Opens May 7-June 6

SAN FRANCISCO – April 8, 2010 – The University of San Francisco (USF) is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Mary & Carter Thacher Student Showcase opens Friday, May 7 in the Thacher Gallery on campus. This juried exhibition features the best artworks by juniors and seniors from USF’s art programs and is coordinated by Art History and Art Management students. The exhibition will be open to the public and in display through June 6.

The student-organized exhibition features nearly 90 artworks by more than 50 juniors and seniors from USF’s Departments of Art and Architecture and Media Studies, and includes a diverse array of projects including community design, social action and graffiti art. In many cases, the works presented in this ambitious exhibition bring together traditional arts such as acrylic painting, linocuts and new media using flash and video technology in order to explore the personal and the political in exciting new ways.

Featured student works exemplify the fresh artistry found within the exhibit’s artists. Olivia Ward, a senior fine arts/design double major, represents her unique artistry in her piece, “Life Cycle of the Salmon.” This distinctive flash website evolved from hand-stitched natural scenes that were then digitally scanned to animate her storyline electronically. Two self-portraits by senior Ken Kim, a fine art major, reflect an urban aesthetic. Both works (an acrylic/paint marker wall piece and a wood sculpture) marry geometry and graffiti to produce abstract studies of the self.  Junior design major, Sarah Wells, presents social action as art with a series of dynamic color photographs documenting her brainchild, “The Corner Store Project,” and the goal of bringing local foods to corner stores in San Francisco.  Additional works include music videos, abstract and figurative paintings, single edition books and architectural studies.

This year’s esteemed jury included gallery owner Charles Hespe, Paul Madonna of the San Francisco Chronicle’s “All Over Coffee,” architect Eileen Tulmin, and Amy Gustincic, past president of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. Students from the USF Art History/Art Management program organized all aspects of the exhibition. Award winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Fromm Hall, located on USF’s main campus at 2130 Fulton Street. For more information about the exhibit and opening events, please visit the gallery’s website at http://www.usfca.edu/Library/thacher/Exhibition_Calendar/.

Located in the Gleeson Library/Gleeson Center, the Thacher Gallery at USF is free and open to the public during library hours.  2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.

Hours: (415) 422-2044.  Info: (415) 422-5178.