University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Student Annual on Tuesday, April 14, at 5 p.m.

Opening reception: Tuesday, April 14; from 5 to 7 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
Exhibition on view: April 15 through May 10

Since 1974, the Student Annual has showcased new artwork produced by students at Illinois State University. The juried exhibition, which features work in a variety of mediums and styles, offers many students the first opportunity to have their work reviewed by professionals outside the University.

The School of Art is pleased to present the 2015 Marshall Dulaney Pitcher Award to M.F.A. student Krista Profitt and B.F.A. student Cole Harkless. Both artists will be recognized for their achievements during the presentation of awards. To further honor their accomplishments, University Galleries will devote additional exhibition space to the presentation of new works by both artists.

The Student Annual awards include 10 Irving S. Tick awards, the Nam Clark Drawing Award, the Josefina Ferrán Scholarship, and the Glen Lapekas Scholarship. Additional awards are presented by Randy Reid, Pete Guither, Arts Technology, Normal Editions Workshop, and the following areas within the School of Art: ceramics, glass, and graphic design. The School of Art sponsors the “Best in Show” award.

The awards ceremony at 6 p.m. will include the presentation of many scholarships for School of Art students.

Swirling graphic lines in black, blue, and green

2015 Marshall Dulaney Pitcher Award winner Cole Harkless. Understanding Addiction poster, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, 2014. 24 x 18 inches.

This year’s studio jurors are Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger, who, according to writer Erin Rook, “explore the dynamics of love and loss through performance pieces that emphasize the artistic process as a metaphor for the cycles of life and death, of connection and separation.”

Both artists graduated from Illinois State University’s School of Art in 1991 and currently reside in Chicago. They have exhibited and performed jointly at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; and Diverse Works, Houston. They are recipients of a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, an Artadia Individual Artist Award, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. In addition to their shared practice, each artist has an active solo career. The artists are represented jointly and individually by Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

The 2015 Student Annual is sponsored by Casey’s Garden Shop and Florist, Jimmy John’s, the College of Fine Arts, and the Friends of the Arts.

University Galleries is located at 11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, at the intersection of Broadway and Beaufort streets. Parking in the deck directly above University Galleries is free beginning at 5:01 pm.