Creations to relate dialogue at annual student-art competition

Some students are hoping to gain professional experience by submitting their artwork to the annual student art competition Monday.The Cross/Talk 15th annual student art competition opens Monday.

Cross/Talk refers to an ongoing dialogue between the art and the students, said Chris Powell, a ceramics and 3-D design instructor.

“The dialogue crosses and engages different types of works within the show,” Powell said.

The competition was open to all full-time students. Students could submit up to three pieces of art in the graphic design and studio art categories each.

Students have no limitations on the medium of the artwork and can submit original pieces in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, sculpture and print-making, Powell said.

Entries were turned in Thursday and will be judged today, with winners being announced at the opening and awards reception Monday. The winners will receive gift certificates from an art supply company and the TCU Bookstore, Powell said.

Judges will be looking for professional high-quality work, said Ronald Watson, chair of the art and art history department.

“The judges will be looking at the work through their own eyes,” Powell said. “They are going to pick not necessarily the best, but what they are interested in.”

This year’s graphic design judge, Cassie Kruemcke, a University of Texas at Austin alumna and graphic designer for the Balcom Agency, said she is coming in with an open mind and is excited to judge her first show.

“I’m looking for pieces that would be able to transform into the real world,” Kruemcke said. “It’s been a while since I have been in school, so I’m curious to see the new and fresh ideas that the students have come up with.”

The competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their work and let it be seen by professionals.

“I’m not nervous,” said Jennifer Dawson, a senior studio art major and three-year participant. “I’m taking this opportunity because it’s out there, and if I didn’t, I would be missing out.”

The artwork will be on display in the art gallery in Moudy North until Feb. 22.