Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University’s annual Juried Student Art Exhibition will showcase standout student artworks in a variety of media—from fiber to digital—in Morlan Gallery from May 4-18.

An unprecedented number of students submitted works for the first round of jurying by the art faculty and gallery director. Prizes will be awarded in “best of” categories during the second stage of jurying in the first week of May.

Specific honors include the Dean’s Purchase Award, which recognizes superior student artists by creating a permanent collection of works for the university. Laura Bryan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university, will continue this tradition.

Another recognition, the Nana Lampton Prize, is given to a senior for creative vision, strong work ethic and natural leadership. The award was named in honor of Nana Lampton, who is a visual artist, poet, philanthropist and business leader.

For first time, an Abbott Scholarship will be presented during the Juried Student Art Exhibition. This annual award will be given to a rising junior or senior who demonstrates studio and scholarly excellence. The scholarship was established in memory of Mildred and Harold Abbott, both patrons and practitioners in the visual and performing arts.

The student exhibition will open Friday, May 4, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. and an awards presentation at 6. The final evening for the exhibition will be Friday, May 18, during the LexArts Gallery HOP.

Morlan Gallery, located on the main level of Transylvania's Mitchell Fine Arts Center, is open weekdays, noon to 5 p.m., and by special appointment. Free, nearby parking is available. For an appointment, call Morlan Gallery Director Andrea Fisher 24 hours prior to viewing at (859) 233-8142.