On Friday, May 9 at 5 p.m. student award recipients will be revealed at the 46th annual Al Young Student Art Exhibition. A monumental event for Knox artists, last year’s featured over 200 pieces.
The Art Department is bringing University of Iowa professor John Dilg as a guest juror this year to help determine these award recipients. He will be giving an art talk before award recipients are announced.
Dilg’s style was described by critic Cate McQuaid in The Boston Globe as “small canvases, which depict animals and land formations with almost pictographic simplicity. They pull you into an intimate, low-key exchange, quiet and deeply felt.”
Dilg has work in art collections all over the country including the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He presents at colleges all over the country including Yale and Stanford.
Approaching the age of 50, the Al Young exhibition has a long history tied to Knox alumni: it is named for its 20+ year benefactor Al Young ’69 who passed in 1993. His sister, Ann A. Young ’68, carries on his legacy as benefactor. Beverly Bender ’40 funds awards to sculpture. Dick Blick Art Materials is also a major sponsor.