Art students wanted.
The Student Art Showcase is an event featuring artwork submitted by Salt Lake Community College students who are wanting to showcase their talents in front of a larger audience.
I’m all about having students show their work and having exposure in the community,” says Ed Rosenberger, photography professor in the Visual Art and Design Department and chair of this year’s Student Art Showcase. “It’s really important to know how to produce tangible art as opposed to electronic media.”
Rosenberger, a commercial photographer for 35 years, has been working at SLCC since 1987. He says his favorite part about the showcase is seeing fresh ideas, new perspectives and the talent students display.
“There’s a lot of really great quality,” he says, adding the Student Art Showcase is a great start and event for up and coming artists.
Students entered into the show can gain public exposure and have their work juried by four working professional artists.
Jacobo Funes is a part-time student who has been at SLCC for three years. He’s majoring in Visual Art and Design with an emphasis in Photography and entered the Student Art Showcase last year.
“It was really interesting to see other creative people express themselves artistically,” Funes says. “It was enjoyable to see other mediums of work, knowing that we all go to the same school.”
Outside of school, students don’t typically have the opportunity to showcase their work.
“Having a student art show at the college is a really good idea for students,” Funes says.
Having like-minded people at the showcase was one of Funes’ favorite experiences.
“Some people just look at your art, but people there appreciated it and actually wanted to know the meaning behind my work,” he says. “They show more attention to detail. It felt really nice to have my work feel more appreciated.”
Funes says the feedback he received at the show helped him become a better artist.
“Not everyone thinks the same, some people might like my work and others might not care about it, but feedback is always good and being in the show gave me that chance,” he says.
Students can present their work in different perspectives and mediums for the showcase.
“It felt nice to see your work physically, some people just post their work online,” Funes explains.
The 2019 Student Art Showcase will be held weekdays April 5 – 17 at the South City Campus. Awards will be presented during the opening reception at 6 p.m. on April 4.
SLCC students can submit their artwork online from March 6 – 12.