Imagine walking through the CoHo and seeing your artwork covering the walls, on display for everyone to see. Aggie Public Arts Committee is now accepting submissions from undergraduate artists for the Coffee House Juried Art Show. The show is organized by the Aggie Public Arts Committee. Their goal is to find ways to represent undergraduate artists at Davis and bring more public art to campus.
The Aggie Public Arts Committee is a committee under the ASUCD created in 2010 to support and assist with the display of public art on campus and around town. The art show was initiated in Winter 2011 and is a quarterly event. Every quarter new artwork is submitted and different artists get the chance to exhibit their work.
“The CoHo is a very central location on campus, so it receives a lot of foot traffic from students, staff and other visitors,” said Debs Schrimmer, the Aggie Public Arts Committee chair. “This gives an excellent opportunity for artists to get their work out there and increase their visibility. In general, if students are interested in sharing their talents with the rest of the campus, then this is a great opportunity to do so.”
The committee usually selects about seven to nine submissions. They are displayed on the wall of the corridor adjacent to Griffin Lounge. Typically, most of the submissions are oil or acrylic paintings and some photography. Pastels, graphic design, ink and other mediums are welcome also.
“Having your work displayed in a juried show is a great thing to put on a resume,” said Brenna Jones, a member of the Aggie Public Arts Committee. “Also, if you would like to sell your piece we can put a tag on it with the price and your contact information.”
Many of the artists who have had their work displayed in the show have found it rewarding.
“It was a really interesting experience, walking through the CoHo and seeing your stuff there and seeing just how many people go through there everyday. People who submit their work will be surprised at how much attention they will get,” said Mitzi Mathews, a member of the Aggie Public Arts Committee.
To apply artists need to e-mail a submission form and a digital version of their artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org. The digital version can be a scan or a photo. Entries need to be framed, matted or on a canvas with wooden stretchers. Submissions for the show are due by Nov. 18. The submission forms are found on the Aggie Public Arts Facebook page or their Davis wiki page.
“I just want to stress that this is an opportunity for any student on campus that is interested in art. We want to extend this call for submissions to artists that are not officially enrolled in the UC Davis art program. You don’t have to be an art major to be an artist,” Schrimmer said.
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