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All Student Art Exhibit at GSU
University Park, Illinois, March 17, 2011 Art Forum, the Governors State University art student organization, and the GSU Visual Arts Gallery are hosting the annual All Student Exhibition, from March 30, to April 15. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 30, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Distinguished juror Joyce Owens will judge the student
work and award the monetary prizes, which include $300 for best-in-show. Refreshments will be served. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The juried competition is open to all students enrolled in GSU art courses
during the Spring/Summer 2010, Fall 2010, and Spring 2011. The goal of the exhibit is to showcase the best work of GSU graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines. including at least one film student who submitted a short video piece in the exhibit. "Interacting with this kind of work is stimulating to students creativity and exciting for visitors to the gallery," says gallery director Jeff Stevenson. Gallery graduate assistant Diana Lynch of Orland Park is exhibiting work in the show as well as curating the exhibition.

Regard Resist React

Wafaa Bilal and Major Chicago Artists to Exhibit at GSU

University Park, IL, February 15, 2011– The Governors State University Visual Arts Gallery will host “Regard – Resist – React,” a major exhibit of artists’ creative reactions to the issues that affect them personally, emotionally, and/or intellectually.
“One of our goals for this exhibit is to give artists and the public an opportunity for discourse around otherwise avoided issues like war, politics, religion, immigration, and sex,” said Jeff Stevenson, Gallery Director and co-curator of the exhibit. Stevenson is also a university lecturer in the GSU art department. “We hope the show will tour to other campuses and venues when it leaves GSU.”
Artists contributing work to this exhibit are some of the most prominent developing voices in the artistic world. Most of the artists are based in Chicago but draw from international roots and influences.
Chief among the exhibitors is Wafaa Bilal, Iraqi born artist noted for his unique forms of expression. Bilal is assistant arts professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has a camera mounted in the back of his head capturing images of where he has been. He also has an intricate tattoo on his back honoring the U.S. and Iraqi war dead. Bilal’s video “4th of July” will be shown at the exhibit.
Additional exhibitors include Jane Fulton Alt, Nick Azzaro, Lynn Basa, Holly Cahill, Alexander Bruehl, Cleveland Dean, Frederick Holland, Riley Henderson, Salvador Jimnez, Jessica Munguia, Yva Neal, Roland Oria, Jennifer Traff, and Monica Wulfers. Susan Aurinko is co-curator of the exhibit.
The exhibit runs from March 4 through 25 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 5, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The Visual Arts Gallery is open Monday and Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, from noon to 9 p.m. or by appointment. It is located adjacent to E Lounge, Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois. For more information, please visit gsuvisualartsgallery.blogspot.com or call (708) 534-4021.