The current exhibit in the University Art Gallery is the High School Invitational Exhibit, which runs through April 13.
The exhibit is comprised of work from high school students from the region. High schools are invited to participate in the exhibition.
This opportunity not only exposes students to the exhibit format but also shows them that they do not need to go to an art school in order to be an artist.
There are schools like SVSU that offer programs for those who want to major in any aspect of art.
The exhibit is comprised of different mediums, including photography, painting, ceramics, mixed media and drawings. Tisch M. Lewis, the University Art Gallery Coordinator, is involved in setting up and running all of the exhibits.
For this particular exhibit, the teachers from the high schools picked the work that will be showcased.
This is the first time that Lewis has been involved in this exhibit, but she loves seeing the creativity of the students.
Lewis hopes that all the students learn something from this exhibit whether they are in high school or college.
“There are a lot of experiences that the college students would not have had if their art had been at a different level in high school, and it really boils down to practice, effort and dedication to your craft,” Lewis said. “Art is accessible to such a large group, and the goal of this exhibition is not only to highlight the skill of students, but to open the venue for consideration of people who would not normally view the work of high school students.”
Jacob Scherzer, an art teacher at Midland High School who teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced 2D art, helped his students prepare for the exhibit.
He believes that the exhibit offers a unique chance for his students to be exposed to what it is like to have work exhibited in an art gallery.
He also believes that this is a fine opportunity for students to be part of a larger community.
“I hope my students get a bit of experience with kind of more of a professional art setting, but also to build their confidence a little bit,” Scherzer said. “Branching out into the larger community is beneficial so students have experience past the internal community of their high school exhibitions.”
Claire Newman, a junior at Dow High School in Midland, had her work exhibited in the gallery. Her piece was an assignment to make any shape out of stoneware.
She ended up making a pot with a lid that is the face of an elf. The piece is titled “Dobby Reliquary.”
“I have learned that sometimes, even when you doubt your own skill, other people really appreciate what you have made,” Newman said. “I didn’t think much of my piece. I thought it looked stupid and wasn’t functional or worth sharing. From this, I learned that it actually is, and I shouldn’t doubt myself.”