University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 Student Annual on Wednesday, April 10. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be on view April 10 through May 12. All events at the University Galleries are free and open to the public.

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 of the University.

The School of Art is pleased to present the 2019 Marshall Dulaney Pitcher Award to M.F.A. student Molly Markow and B.F.A. student Camila Pasquel. 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.

This year’s awards are presented as scholarships ranging from $50 to the Best in Show award of $300. The awards include the Irving S. Tick Awards, the Jen Franklin Award, and the Richard D. Finch Undergraduate Drawing and Printmaking Award. Additional awards are presented by the School of Art, the Arts Technology Program, Normal Editions Workshop, University Galleries, the Silica Ceramic Club, Randy Reid, and Barry Blinderman, and the following areas within the School of Art: glass and graphic design.

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

This year’s studio juror is Claudine Isé, owner and director of Goldfinch in Chicago, and director of the Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden at the Riverside Arts Center in Riverside, Illinois. Isé also teaches in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and is a lecturer in the Graduate Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Isé is a writer, curator, and educator who has worked in the field of contemporary visual art for the past two decades. She previously held the positions of assistant curator at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, and associate curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio.

This year’s design juror is Zach Kaiser, a designer, music producer, and assistant professor of graphic design and experience architecture at Michigan State University. Kaiser earned his M.F.A. from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is also a co-founder of Skeptic, a Boston-based research and design collective whose work ranges from large-scale interactive installations to service design, and from brand identity design to mobile application design and development. The work of Skeptic has been featured at several design conferences, including UX Fest 2013 and Design Exchange Boston. Kaiser has exhibited nationally and internationally and has presented his research at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit and Relating Systems Thinking and Design in Oslo, Norway, among others.

The 2019 Student Annual reception is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Casey’s Garden Shop and Florist, and Jimmy John’s.

Events and programming

Wednesday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Opening reception and awards ceremony

April 11 through May 10
Curator-led tours and art-making workshops are available for all ages by appointment. Field trip stipends are available for schools and community organizations to offset the costs of busing. Contact to schedule.

Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.
Exhibition tour and workshop co-presented with the Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM). Participants (ages 7-10) will meet at the CDM, come to University Galleries for an exhibition tour, and return to the CDM for an exhibition-related art-making activity. Registration is required for this free program at This program is made possible by an Illinois Prairie Community Foundation—Mirza Arts and Culture grant awarded to the CDM.

Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
Exhibition tour and workshop co-presented with the Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM). See information above.

The spring schedule of exhibitions and events and additional information is available on the University Galleries website. University Galleries is located at 11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, at the corner of Beaufort and Broadway streets. Parking is available in the Uptown Station parking deck located directly above the University Galleries—the first hour is free, as well as any time after 5:01 p.m.

Please contact or call (309) 438-5487 if you need to arrange an accommodation to participate in any events related to these exhibitions or to schedule exhibition tours.

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