competition prepares students
express their creativity and get a taste of how the professional
art world works in the 13th annual art competition in
Moudy Building South.
TCU students are showing their artistic flair in the 13th
annual Cross/Talk Art Competition.
The show, located in the University Art Gallery in Moudy
Building North, displays 26 unique pieces of art. The
exhibit will run until Feb. 19.
Its really interesting because its a
lot of alternative work, said Margaret Jackson,
a senior sculpture major. Its not just paintings
or prints, its mostly work thats really different.
The competition was open to students of all majors. They
were allowed to enter a maximum of three pieces in each
of the two categories, Graphic Design and Studio Art.
Over 150 pieces were entered into the competition, but
only 26 were accepted. Ron Watson, the art department
chairman, said the acceptance rate is typical of a professional
About 25 percent were accepted, Watson said.
It really depends on the jurors.
Judges were Edwin Holt, president of Holt Design Inc.,
and Matthew Bourbon, artist and professor of art at the
University of North Texas.
Watson said one student took first prize in both categories,
something that has never happened before.
Junior graphic design major Jayr Sotelo placed first in
both the Graphic Design and the Studio Art categories.
Sotelo said this was the first time his work has been
accepted in the show.
All the works are great, Sotelo said. I
was thrilled to even be placed. I wasnt expecting
either of the prizes.
Watson said the school hosts the competition to prepare
students for the professional world.
Its pre-professional training, Watson
said. One avenue for artists to get recognition
is through juried competitions and this prepares them
for it. We also encourage our students to participate
in outside competitions.
Jackson said she thinks the competition is a good learning
experience for art majors. She had one piece accepted
into the competition.
Any competition is important to do because its
something youre going to do for the rest of your
life, Jackson said. Its a minor show
in the grand scheme of things, but it is important because
there are jurors from outside the TCU bubble.
Sotelo said he thinks the show is helpful because it gives
students an idea of how they compare to other students.
My peers all help me so much, Sotelo said.
The show gives you a more clear idea of where you
stand in your art. Theyre all really good.
interior design major Megan King surveys selected
students work from the 13th annual Cross/Talk
Art Competition located in the University Art Gallery
in Moudy Building North.