Iowa Central Community College's student art show this year has more than 200 pieces on display in its Triton Gallery for the public to appreciate.
"The gallery looks great," Maureen Seamonds, Iowa Central humanities professor, said. "We just finished it in time for the holiday concert. The gallery will be open before and after the concert."
Triton Gallery, located in the Decker Auditorium lobby on the Iowa Central campus, will host a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The juror for the show this year is Diane Kunzler, art instructor at Jefferson-Scranton High School. Kunzler will make her comments at 6 p.m.
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Maureen Seamonds, Iowa Central Communit College art instructor, stands over an untitled clay piece by Kelsey Olson, one of several dozen student works on display this month at the college’s art show in the lobby of the Decker Auditorium.
"She's really very good at giving students feedback, very analytical feedback," Seamonds said. "That's so important."
Kunzler said she enjoys the show, and serving as its juror.
"I always enjoy taking a look at the work from Iowa Central," she said. "I think they allow so much freedom in their students' work that there's always something unexpected and not predictable. I always enjoy that. l think there's some really talented students there."
The art show is an opportunity, Seamonds said, for the public to see art from several mediums, including paint, sculpture and photography, all presented with professional quality.
"Each studio student gets to have a frame for their work," she said. "One of the things we do that's unique to Fort Dodge, I don't think there's any place else in the nation that hardly does this, but thanks to the generosity of some local donors and our college we have been able to supply a frame for each student."
The presentation is a vindication for the students after a semester of work, Seamonds said.
"Instead of seeing it with pins on the corners and stuck on a gym wall they get to see it in a real professional gallery situation," she said. "It's framed and matted and it really looks very finished and professional. That's really a valuable asset."
This year, each of the students will have the opportunity to have their works evaluated by a professional, Seamonds said.
"Because the receptions have gotten really large and well-attended and exciting, it's hard to have the jurors speak much about more than the award winners. And there's lots of work over there," she said. "So for the first time all of our art studio students are going to participate in art juries. Those will take place all day on Thursday."
Artists from the community will join the college's art professors in sitting with students and discussing their work, Seamonds said.
"We'll just sit individually with the students and just talk to them about their work," she said. "What we see in their work, what we really admired, what could improve their work. Just really a nice conversation about the art they're making."
The juries will bring a diversity to the critical examination of their efforts, as well, Seamonds said.
"It'll be a mix of people that are participating so it might be interesting for a ceramics student who's heard me talk to them all semester to see how a painter reacts to their work or how someone who works in another field reacts to their work," she said. "It's kind of like a university experience, so it's kind of like the next level for them."
Visitors to the gallery will be elevated by the works they see, according to Seamonds.
"I think you'll be inspired by what you see," she said. "There's just an amazing amount of talent on exhibition here this year. They've really become committed to doing their best work and putting it on display so people can share in that."
In addition to the public reception, the gallery will be open 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.