UPike student art featured

January 31, 2014

PIKEVILLE – The works of University of Pikeville students are currently on display in the Janice Beeler Ford Student Art Gallery on the UPike campus.

“The yearly exhibit is built to showcase the best work coming out of the studio classes of the previous year so the show tends to be a strong one. This year’s show is no exception,” said Patricia Kowalok, professor of art.

Student work on display in the Ford Gallery include William Corey Adams, of Paintsville; Sara Blackburn, of Pikeville; Justin Bradford, of Phelps; Austin Casebolt, of Pikeville; Garett Francis, of Belfry; Allyson Gibson, of Elkhorn City; Corey Gilligan, of North Las Vegas, Nev.; Devan Kearns, of Jackson, Ohio; Katlin Massie, of Worthington; Cassie Webb, of Fedscreek; and James E. Williams, of Huddy.

The selected works demonstrate the highest levels of technique and vision and include acrylics, collage, graphite, charcoal, ink and monoprint. The art pieces were created in 2D design, basic drawing, intermediate drawing and painting courses.

Allyson Gibson is the recipient of this year’s Janice Beeler Ford Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

“Because the exhibits showcase strong works, it is hard to pick a work to receive the award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. That was also true this year. However, the work of Allyson Gibson was recognized because a body of her work shows both a consistent fearless and thoughtful willingness to experiment with a chosen medium and a consistent joy in making art,” said Kowalok. “It is a pleasure for a viewer to stand in front of Allyson’s work and to share her fresh, sometimes quirky vision of the world.”

A reception honoring the artists will be held Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the gallery located in the Allara Library. Everyone welcome. The exhibit runs through the spring semester.

The gallery is dedicated to the memory of Janice B. Ford who taught at the university for many years. In the classroom, Ford fostered an environment of encouragement and support for all students to experience the act of making art.