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Many students who took classes through the University of Rhode Island’s Fine Arts Program have been fortunate to have had their artwork selected for  this year’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition. The artwork was put on display on April 4 and will remain on display until April 28 in the Fine Arts Center’s Main Art Gallery.

The display includes photographs, paintings, sketches, ceramics and visual projections. A wide range of art supplies including paint, pencils, oil pastels and cameras were created among all the pieces of artwork.

For the photographs on display, most are black and white and taken of locations or were captured during an event.

The paintings are of a variety of sizes and vary in style. One of which was created using watercolor paint. Some of the paintings are abstract letting the viewer create their own concept of what they think the artist is trying to say through their art. While others were of scenes where the artists tried to highlight one moment of a scene to tell a story.

There are portraits of familiar faces as well. There is a painting of a portrait of Donald Trump along with a hand drawn portrait of Albert Einstein based off of the artist’s individual interpretations of both figures.

A particular piece of artwork on display is a digital piece. This piece was projected onto the fall and is a rectangle made up of nine evenly sized squares. Each square appears to have been created with digital software and resembles a type of weather and time of day. Some of these squares have a slight bit of movement while others are stable.

The concepts that student artists present through their artwork create open ended ideas, pushing viewers to think beyond the frame or canvas.

The guest juror for this exhibition was Rhode Island Artist Max Van Pelt. On April 5, there was a reception and awards ceremony. The artwork can be viewed Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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