Awakening / Free for the Taking

Visual Arts League, the student art organization at the UNO Department of Fine Arts, teamed up with Untitled, the student art organization at Loyola, to implement a juried exhibition open to students enrolled in local institutions of higher education at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels.  Each organization chose a juror – Amy Mackie for Untitled and Alex Podesta for VAL.

Mackie’s exhibit, titled “Awakening,” was held at PARSE Gallery and included 14 artists and 16 works; Podesta’s exhibit, titled “Free for the Taking,” was held at UNO-St. Claude Gallery and included 15 artists and 19 works.

Each juror assigned a Juror’s Award and two honorable mentions to works included in their exhibitions. At Parse, Amy Mackie’s awards went to Caleb Henderson (Tulane, graduate student) for his charcoal on canvas painting titled Awakening (juror’s award). Amelia Broussard (Loyola, undergraduate student) won an honorable mention for her wall-size collage, and Brandon Xuereb (University of New Orleans, undergraduate student) won an honorable mention for digital photographs titled Tyvek and Grassway to Heaven.  At UNO-St. Claude, Podesta awarded Caleb Henderson with the juror’s prize for Transfer, a charcoal on canvas painting.  Revel Griffith (UNO, undergraduate) won an honorable mention for his mixed-media sculpture, Chicken Dinner, and Del Agnew (Loyola, undergraduate) won for his kinetic sculpture, Elvis C(l)ock. Ian Cessna (UNO, undergraduate) received the joint VAL/Untitled award for his digital video titled Beware the Bearcat.

The shows ran through the month of June, and each exhibition was debuted with an opening reception – Parse on June 7, and UNO-St. Claude on June 14.

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