Thursday, September 19, 2013

Student Picks Highlights

The Student Picks Sweepstakes ends tomorrow, September 20, and soon six students will win the chance to curate their own exhibitions in the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. To celebrate the new year of student exhibitions, we’re highlighting pictures and blog posts from past Student Picks shows.

If you could get your hands on the art at the Museum, what would you do? For the past six years, Smith students have answered this question with one-day art exhibitions, through the Student Picks exhibition program. Each month, one student curator has the opportunity to organize an exhibition in the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs,using art that intrigues, excites and inspires her.

Visitors check out last year's show Between the Lines: Image and Prose in the 20th Century Avant-Garde,curated by Leah Santorine SC '13. Photography by Julie Warchol.

A visitor looks closely at art from Between the Lines.Photography by Julie Warchol.

Students from all majors and departments have become curators through Student Picks. Some have years of art history classes under their belts, while others have never set foot in a museum before. What all our student curators share is enthusiasm and a fresh perspective on the collection of over 13,000 works on paper in the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

Amanda Garcia SC '16 focused on French fashion in her show, From Tissot to Toulouse-Lautrec - Fashion Focus in 19th-century French Art.Photography by Julie Warchol.

As Lori E. Harris SC AC '11, who curated the show Women, Woodblock Prints and Words,put it: “Student Picks is a unique and progressive concept. I would argue that it is one of the few programs on campus that brings together students from every discipline and gives them an opportunity to integrate their academic interest with art.”

Suzu Sakai ’16 displayed her own handmade miniature kimonos alongside Japanese prints in her show Beauty by Design - The Art of Japanese Kimono.Photography by Julie Warchol.

Japanese prints featuring kimonos from Beauty By Design.Photography by Julie Warchol.

The lottery for Student Picks ends tomorrow, September 20. If you want to be one of the six student curators this year, it’s your last chance to enter your name in the ballot boxes found in Neilson Library, Young Library, Hillyer Library, the Museum Lobby and the lower level of the Campus Center.

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