“Media Arts is about sharing ideas and stories with others, it is a very public art form,” said Art and Applied Design Instructor Jan Halvorsen. The fifteenth annual Spring Show exemplifies this kind of sharing, and it is all student work.
The receptions, complete with music and food, will be hosted on Lane’s Media Day, Wednesday, June 10. This year’s Spring Show is going to be bigger than ever.
Normally, the bulk of the art is curated from classes by instructors who chose the best representations of student art made at Lane over the entire school-year. The show also hosted an open-call for art. This year’s open-call was juried June 2 by an outside panel of professionals.
“There was a huge response,” Halvorsen said. “This year, open call surpassed my expectations, it was great.” A bulk of the show this year will be from open call submissions.
The event will kick off with a small reception in the galleries. It is a closing reception to acknowledge graduates of the Graphic Design and Media Arts program from 4-5:45 p.m. in Building 11. Then, the spotlight will move to the big show in Building 17 starting at 6 p.m.
“The show focuses on a year’s worth of excellent work that represents what students are studying in our program,” Halvorsen said. “It’s all the type of work media students create — photography, video, audio, graphic design, animation and digital art in general.”
Halvorsen said that the variety of work on display is going to be impressive. “It will surprise people to see the quality and range that students do. Many people think of media art as just web design, and we are so much more than that.”
There will be a variety of awards presented for various categories including best photos, best photojournalism and more.
“We have had generous donations from local businesses. It’s been amazing how responsive people have been to giving us awards,” Halvorsen said.
A volunteer team of students, faculty and staff are working collectively to host the event. They have been working since September to ensure that the show is a huge success.
“We have a fabulous student graphic designer, Jessica Beaudet, who has been doing excellent work.” She did the poster design, ads and has been the main designer for all marketing.
“We pushed to make it big,” Halvorsen said. “This is a great opportunity to see what our students do. Anyone who is interested in Media Arts, this is the ideal time to come check out what we do, see work, meet faculty and talk to students.”
The Torch will be showcasing a large display at the event.