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)