Art students to showcase work in Johnstown

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IUP undergraduates will have their artwork critiqued by high-ranking artists of the Indiana area in the Undergraduate Art Show starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown.

The art show is an annual event switching between undergraduate and graduate students each year.

The jurors are Ramon Riley, Brian Dumm and Eric Brennan, all regionally recognized artists. Riley earned a master’s degree in art from IUP in 2013 with a concentration in abstract painting. He has been an art teacher for more than 17 years.

Dumm holds degrees in fine art and art education from Pennsylvania State University and IUP, and Brennan holds a master’s degree in painting from IUP.

More than 40 original pieces have been submitted for the show by 20 undergraduate students.

“All work that was submitted was accepted for the show, but the show is juried so the winners of first, second and third place – as well as two honorable mentions – will be announced at the opening [Friday],” said Madelyn Barrante (senior, studio art), president of the Student Art Association.

The exhibition will remain open until April 7. There is no entry fee for Bottle Works members, but for anyone else who is interested, there is a $5 donation fee that will go toward the center.

“This exhibition is a great honor for the art department and IUP,” Barrante said. “We are all very humbled to be able to have this opportunity to exhibit student work outside the university.”