Each spring, current College of Charleston students, and recent grads, are eligible to submit their work to be considered for the Young Contemporaries exhibition. This gives them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2016 exhibition, visiting artist Amanda Wojick has been chosen to select works.
The annual exhibition shows off the brightest talents coming out of the College’s School of the Arts, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. The Post and Courier calls the Young Contemporaries exhibit, “One of the highlights of the year.” This year’s entries are sure to impress.
Concurrent with Young Contemporaries will be the Salon des Refusés exhibition, showing in the Hill Exhibition Gallery within The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts. The origin of the Salon des Refusés dates to Paris in 1863, when artists who had been rejected from the official Salon caused such a protest that Emperor Napoleon III ordered another exhibition held for them. Among the painters in this Salon des Refusés were Camille Pissaro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James M. Whistler, and Edouard Manet. The Salon des Refusés will be on view March 31 – April 12, 2016.
ABOUT AMANDA WOJICK – 2016 JUROR
Amanda Wojick (born 1974, Rochester, NY) is an artist and educator based in Eugene, Oregon. She locates her ongoing creative work at intersections of abstract sculpture and drawing, the hand and the machine, and material and visual culture. Using everyday materials such as paper, glue and tape, Wojick creates brightly colored dimensional fields of irregular lines, circles, and rectangles. Her projects have engaged subjects including landscape, routine, history, and trauma.
Wojick’s work has been supported by awards and grants from the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Family Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, Sculpture Space, the Ragdale Foundation, the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the University of Oregon Humanities Center. Solo and group exhibitions of her work have occurred across the country in museums and galleries, as well as various commissioned venues. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum, and she is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Wojick holds two MFA degrees from the Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College, and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her BA in Art and Art History is from Colgate University. In 2001 she moved from New York State to take a position in the Art Department at the University of Oregon where she is currently an Associate Professor and co-chair of the Sculpture Program.