February 22, 2012

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For 11 Knox students, winter term meant one thing: a chance to create.
Eleven seniors enrolled in the Open Studio (ART 390) course. The class gives them the opportunity to create a cohesive art portfolio and participate in and receive peer and professor critique. A preview of these portfolios was held Friday, Feb. 17 at The Box in downtown Galesburg and featured work from each of the students.
“These are samplings from each of the studio art majors who are currently working on a body of work,” Associate Professor of Art Tony Gant said. He explained that Open Studio is a capstone requirement for the studio art major.
“Ideally, they take this course for three credits, but not everybody does,” he said.
Critiques are held every week to discuss all pieces in progress. Open Studio students as well as members of the Knox Art Department faculty all attend and all contribute to the process.
Each student in the course chooses a mentor from the Art Department faculty who meets with them at least once a week outside of the group critiques. This provides the students with an opportunity to discuss their work and its progress one-on-one with another artistically minded individual.
“They can share frustrations with us about the work or the results of critiques,” Instructor in Art Mike Godsil said.
“It’s great to have a dialogue; you’re constantly pushing the student’s work all the time,” Associate Professor of Art Lynette Lombard said.
Student work at the exhibit ranged from realistic to abstract, from photographs to three-dimensional pieces — a diverse variety from these 11 students who will most likely present their bodies of work in a solo or two-person show sometime next term.
“[A large-group exhibit] is a low-pressure way to show your work to people outside the community,” Open Studio student Rebecca Ott said.
Most of the students present appeared excited to be finally showing their work.
“I’ve seen how all of this work has evolved,” serior and Open Studio student Miya Pleines said. “This is the culmination of a goal.”

Camille Brown
Camille Brown is a junior majoring in English literature and double minoring in educational policy and journalism. Previously, she served as editor-in-chief of her high school paper and a reporter for TKS. She spent the summer of 2012 freelancing for The Peninsula Gateway and is currently pursuing an independent study concerning the media’s influence on education.


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