Photo by Gregory Ball

Photo by Gregory Ball

Denisa Kraus
The Navigator

VIU’s Visual Arts department will hold two annual student showcase exhibitions at the campus branch of Nanaimo Art Gallery.

“Exploration” in the lower gallery will present the works by fourth year minor students for the graduating project class. This exhibition is not juried and will run from  April 25 to May 30.

“Progressions” will display works by second, third, and fourth year students in a faculty-juried exhibition in the upper gallery, while first year student works will be shown in the Visual Arts building (325). According to professor Gregory Ball, the purpose of the juried exhibition is to offer students the real life experience and understanding of the gallery system. Students also participate in the hanging, lighting, labeling, and pricing of works.

Together, the two exhibitions in Nanaimo Art Gallery will showcase approximately 40-45 pieces of artwork ranging from painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking to ceramics and sculpture.

“Progressions” will begin with an opening reception and a gala awards ceremony at the Malaspina theatre on April 28. Professor Justin McGrail will emcee the ceremony, Steve Lane and Dean Ross McKay will be present to hand out awards to students.

The ceremony starts at 6pm. Refreshments will be available in the arts building. Selected works will be for sale.

“Progressions” will run until May 30. The event is free and open to public.