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27th Annual Juried Art Student Exhibition
Juror: Kathy Windrow, Director, SMU in Italy Arts & Culture Program
March 1-30, 2014

Juror's Essay | Installation Views | Exhibition Brochure



Blue sky. Open space. Strange darkness hidden beneath the surface of West Texas life. These first impressions of Lubbock shaped my top three award choices. From one hundred and eight submitted I selected the twenty-five most compelling works. Some of these are elegant objects that reflect the subtle aesthetic sensibilities of their makers while others are raw emotional expressions, quirky personal mythologies, heroic or poetic solutions to classroom problems. One was chosen precisely because it is an awkward attempt, for balance.

When I entered the gallery I was struck by the diversity of media and approaches to image making, especially in painting and photography, so one goal was to include work from each discipline. You will see drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, printmaking, video, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics represented. I sought to include as many artists as possible while limiting the overall number of pieces so each has its own space in the gallery. Important considerations in my selection process were resonance between material and concept, perceived integrity and communication of the artist’s intentions, craftsmanship, demonstrated understanding of contemporary design principles, and some quality specific to the piece that arrested my attention not once but repeatedly.

For students new to the art world and those whose works were not selected, please know that I considered your work carefully and wish I could have spoken to you about it. Understand that each juror is an individual designing an exhibition using the materials at hand; our decisions reflect our life experiences and interests so even the most accomplished works may be overlooked. Learn to see the creative process as a lifetime journey marked by disappointments and discoveries. Take chances and welcome mistakes. Develop a long attention span and practice spontaneity. Draw daily. Work in two, three, and four dimensions. Know contemporary theory. Take everything seriously--literature, music, mathematics, science, art history, and belief systems other than your own—but maintain a sense of humor. I saw promise in many of the entries, so you should continue your practice with intensity, never lose heart, and enter future shows.

It was a privilege to be invited to see the work and meet artists and professors in the dynamic community that is the Texas Tech School of Art.

Kathy Windrow
Director, SMU in Italy Arts & Culture Program


Chase Babcock (Senior in Studio Art-Photography from Pampa, TX) Modern Landscape (2014) cyanotype and graphite on paper, diptych, each 8 ½ x 12 ¾ inches.