Six Wartburg students had artwork accepted into the Cedar Valley Biennial Juried Art Exhibition in the Law-Reddington Gallery at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
The selected students and artworks include Angelica Bentley’s “The Hallow Man,” Angeline Neo’s “My Professor’s Office,” Michael Benson’s “Reflection,” Adeboye Olaniyan’s “Through the Wall of Time” and “The Glory Upon,” Mlungisi Ncube’s “Sikelemu” and Haley Harm’s “Hailey’s Comet.”
Out of the seven artworks accepted, Olaniyan’s “Through the Wall of Time” was the winner of the $100 Wartburg Merit Award, selected by the Juror Jane Gilmor.
The Cedar Valley Biennial started in 2012, and includes artwork from the University of Northern Iowa, Hawkeye Community College, Upper Iowa University and Wartburg College, according to Art Gallery Director & Exhibition Manager Johanna Kramer-Weston.
Over 250 artworks were submitted by all four schools, and 65 total were selected to be the exhibition, seven of which came from Wartburg, Kramer-Weston said.
“Going up against UNI who has a huge art department, that’s actually pretty good,” Kramer-Weston said.
The process for submitting artwork to the exhibition is all online.
“The artwork was submitted online by uploading pictures of the artwork and filling out a brief description of each piece,” Bentley said. “After submitting I just had to wait to hear back.”
For those who had non-digital works, this involved finding good lighting to take pictures for uploading, according to Neo.
The students then found out they were chosen for the exhibition via email.
“When I got the email that my work had been picked, I was excited for the fact that this particular graphic design piece was going to be placed somewhere other than the critique board in class,” Harms said. “It’s exciting to get to share with others all the hard work and numerous hours of thinking and designing that was included with creating this particular piece.”
While students may think judges might not like a certain artwork, Bentley encourages students to submit artwork that they are proud of.
“My advise to students who want to submit artwork in the future would be to submit the artwork you’re proud of, even if you don’t think it will get in,” Bentley said. “I almost didn’t submit the piece that got accepted because I didn’t think it was the type of art that the judges would be looking for. However, it was one of my favorite pieces, and I still had room for one more entry. Imagine my surprise when it was accepted. It feels extra good knowing one of my favorites will be in the show rather than one I’m only lukewarm about.”
And if students in the future are hesitant to submit their works, Harms urges them to just go for it.
“It’s never something you shouldn’t do,” Harms said. “Even submitting one piece of art is giving yourself the chance to get your work out and be critiqued and looked at by fresh sets of eyes. It also opens the door to exhibitions to come. Usually, I tend to be pretty hesitant about showing my work off even to my friends and family, but by taking that step to enter it for the chance to be in an exhibition, it allows you to have pride and confidence in the that you have done.”
The exhibition is open through February 11 at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. It is free and open to the public, and people can see the exhibition during the centers hours.