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Two TWU students will be featured in Fine Arts galleries

Meagan Wright, Reporter

TWU graduate student Deedra Baker's photographs to be exhibited at the 15th annual Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition.
TWU graduate student Deedra Baker’s photographs to be exhibited at the 15th annual Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition.

The final exhibitors have been selected, and now the TWU Visual Arts Department gears up to host the 15th annual Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition, held in TWU’s own East and West Galleries. This year’s featured Juror, Dr. Rebecca Senf, of the Norton Family Curators of Photography, selected the featured artists from across the country that best represented this year’s theme: Nourish: Food as Sustenance and Pleasure.

This nationally recognized annual exhibition was established by a combination of efforts from TWU alum and fellow graduate students, providing an outlet for photographic artists to visually describe, express, and interpret a theme in a way that can be seen through the lens of a camera.

TWU graduate student and featured artist Deedra Baker is one of two artists selected from TWU, and Denton alone. “[JEG] has a long history and has included work by renowned photographers,” Baker said, “being among the list of exhibiting JEG artists is such a privilege.” Baker also works for the exhibition as a co-coordinator, working behind the scenes with other artists, sponsors, and jurors, learning leadership skills and ensuring the success of
the event.

The event, named in remembrance of Professor Susan Kae Grant’s mother, also features an endowment fund collected from the event’s proceeds. The endowment provides photography scholarships to graduate students of the Department of Visual Arts, as well as awarding one photographer a solo exhibition opportunity to feature a collection of
their work in the gallery showing.   

“There are such a variety of concepts of formats and concepts present in the exhibition all focused on the theme of ‘food’,” Baker said. “It provides students, faculty, staff, and the community the opportunity to view a professionally curated juried exhibition.”

The JEG exhibition is set to open its doors in the East and West Galleries, from Feb. 15 to March 9. The opening reception will be on Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome; expect to enter with hungry eyes, but leave full with the enrichment and savouries that a pinch of color and dash of creativity has to offer.

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