UVU student art show on exhibit now

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Utah Valley University students from the Department of Art and Visual Communications have opened their annual student art show this month.

The exhibit will be on display at the Woodbury Art Museum, located in the southeast end of University Mall, until April 27. Over 100 pieces were selected from hundreds of entries. Five seniors getting their BFA degrees this year were selected to have their work displayed in their own personal exhibits within the student art show.

“It’s our biggest opening every year,” said Melissa Hempel, director-curator for the museum. Over 700 people came to the show opening on Tuesday, March 26.

In 2011, the student art show was the third most visited exhibit, according to the Woodbury Art Museum’s annual report. However, the student exhibit is only on display during the month of April, while the top two exhibits were each open for three months.

“There’s something for everybody,” Hempel said. “It’s a great opportunity to see a large variety of artwork coming from the Utah Valley community.”

Walk-in visitors can view the exhibit anytime between now and April 27, but the Woodbury Art Museum is only open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Hempel encouraged artists to join them April 23 at 7 p.m. for a guided tour with artist Kent Christensen. Christensen will give insights and critiques on the student art show followed by a hands-on painting workshop. This tour is free, but space is limited. Call the museum at (801)862-4200 to reserve a spot.

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