Artist and mentor: Gallery 210 exhibit puts student, faculty artwork side by side
Curated by Emily Geno, a master’s degree candidate in the Museum Studies program, with the supervision of gallery Director Terry Suhre, the exhibit appropriately closes out the semester celebrating the long tradition of artist and mentor.
“I think this year’s exhibition of UMSL fine arts faculty and students is a great example of how a professor can influence a student,” Geno said. “Each student’s work is placed purposely next to their professor to showcase the relationship and reveal how the student’s work has grown through the professor’s influence.”
Geno’s proud of the diverse display in composition and media. Visitors will find everything from paintings to prints, sculpture and clothing.
Featured UMSL art faculty includes Ken Anderson, Jeff Sippel, Linda Bangert and Phil Robinson, among others. Students were chosen by professors within the department and are candidates in UMSL’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program.
The exhibition gave Geno the chance to showcase all she’s learned in her year-and-a-half graduate curatorial assistantship at the campus gallery.
“I was required to step into a leadership role – one that cannot be taught from books,” said Geno, who worked directly with the artists and gallery staff, even physically helping with art installation.
The student-and-faculty-focused exhibition happens annually with the purpose of featuring current and upcoming St. Louis artists, Suhre noted in a press release.
Both exhibits are made possible through the UMSL College of Arts and Sciences.
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