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Now showing: a cornucopia of student-created art

November 11, 2003

Photo of "Untitled Dress #2, Holding Cocoons" by Karrie Harvey -- made of cord, felt and coconut fiber  The work of eight MFA students and more than 50 undergraduates goes on display today in the 14th annual Stillwell Student Art Show, which runs through Dec. 11 in the Fine Arts Gallery of the Fine Arts building. The show features student work in a range of media -- from textiles and ceramics to video and robotics.

The exhibit kicks off with a reception today from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery.

The show is juried by art and museum studies students enrolled in ART 619/719, an exhibition design course, with the help of guest proctor Courtney Fink, executive director of the nonprofit art gallery Southern Exposure. The student jurors selected 62 works to show out of 175 submissions.

A still from "Patrica Silver's Story," an installation with video by Casondra Sobieralski"I think that the work is lively, well crafted and provocative in terms of the use of traditional and innovative materials," said Art Professor Mark Johnson, director of the Fine Arts Gallery. "Several works feature technology in interesting ways, including robotics and computer technology."

The show is named after Leo D. Stillwell, Jr., a prolific oil and watercolor painter who died in 1948 at the age of 22. His path-breaking work, some appearing in this show, incorporates homoerotic themes in provocative landscapes, allegorical studies and portraits. In 1988 his mother Josephine Stillwell created a graduate art student scholarship endowment fund at SFSU, which supports the annual exhibition. The collected works of her son were also donated at that time to the University.

The exhibit can be viewed from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. On Wednesdays the gallery extends its hours until 7 p.m.

For more on the Stillwell Show, see the SFSU Exhibits page.

-- William Morris





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