Apr 11, 2006

Juried art show held at Liberty

by Jennifer Maxfield

You may have noticed the extraordinary artwork hanging on the walls of the ILRC computer lab. DeMoss Hall is currently hosting the seventh annual Juried Student Art Show. The show runs from April 7 through May 5. The student art expo features a variety of media, including graphic art, paintings and photography. 

“The show gets better each year as more quality pieces are submitted,” said Professor Cam Davis.
This year’s art show holds a special sense of promotion for the new Visual Communication Arts Degree, proposed to be available to students in the Fall 2006 semester. This degree will allow students to concentrate in graphic design or studio art. The new degree will also offer minors in graphic design and studio art. Drawing 1 and 2, Introduction to Design, Desktop Publishing and Digital and Basic Photography are some of the classes that will be offered with the major. 

“We want to give students an opportunity to give glory to God through their artwork,” said Professor Todd Smith. 

The Annual Juried Student Art Show displays the work of numerous student artists. 

Senior Jennifer Binger is a graphic design major in the communication studies program. The Annual Juried Student Art Show isn’t Binger’s first show by far. In high school, Binger was featured in several art shows, as well as an art show at Central Virginia Community College in 2004. Binger won “Best of Show” for a graphic design piece entitled “Pictures of the Soul.” 

“I am really excited about the new Visual Communications program at Liberty,” said Binger. “I hope this program will help a lot of people be more creative and more involved in the art world.”
Juan Carlos Chavez won first in the category of Traditional Art. Chavez’s artwork has been featured in the Harrison Arts Center, the Polk Museum of Art and the Bartow Blooming Arts Festival where he received the award for “Best of Show.” 

Senior Oliga Chitnia, won first place in the drawing category. This is Chitnia’s second art show with Liberty. A graphic design major, Chitnia has participated in various other art shows through different organizations as well. Chitnia entered a drawing of a gymnast’s hand just before the performance. “I love sports,” said Chitnia, “I’m a big fan of the Olympics too.” Athletic competition is very important to Chitnia, who was a competing ballroom dancer for over 15 years. The spirit of competition is where Chitnia draws her inspiration. 

Other art show award recipients who weren’t available for comment were Renato Braga for the category of digital illustration for a work entitled “Coming,” Michael Sanders for graphic design and Kate Bruffey for photography, a piece entitled “Constellation.”

Contact Jennifer Maxfield at jmaxfield@liberty.edu.

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