Undergraduate students rarely have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork in a professional gallery setting. In a liberal arts environment, as opposed to fine arts schools, it is almost unheard of. This evening, the START Gallery, Wake Forest University’s student art gallery, is unveiling its final exhibition of the semester, featuring the work of 22 undergraduate students from the University.
Titled “STARTist Selections,” the exhibition draws from a variety of works that range from class assignments to personal projects and encompass a variety of different media including oil painting, drawing, mixed-media and photography. Unlike the class and solo exhibitions presented at the START Gallery, “STARTist Selections” provides the entire student body the opportunity to submit artwork for the chance to have it exhibited as part of a culminating exhibition.
Students consign their pieces to the gallery for a period of six months. The artists are given the independence to price their artwork, though START Gallery provides guidelines if suggestions are desired. Artists may also choose to exhibit their pieces without offering them for sale.
If a student’s work is sold during its consignment, the student receives half of the profit, while the other half is retained by the University. This 50/50 pricing structure accurately mimics the structure of professional galleries and provides STARTists with real-world experience regarding the exhibition and sale of artwork. Works are returned to the student artist if they remain unsold after the consignment period.
“STARTist Selections” premieres tonight at the Gallery, which is located in Reynolda Village, from 5-7 p.m. with a free reception open to the public. The exhibition remains in the space through January 28.
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