Student Biennial 2018

January 22 – February 11, 2018
Harrison and Rosedale Art Galleries

Arcadia Exhibitions is pleased to announce the opening of “Student Biennial 2018”, on display in the Harrison and Rosedale Galleries through February 11, 2018.

This exhibition is the seventh in a series of student exhibitions at Arcadia juried by an outside curator. This year’s show was juried by Carrie Robbins, Curator of Art and Artifacts at Bryn Mawr College. Robbins selected 38 entries from a pool of 142 submissions by Arcadia first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The works selected include photographs, paintings, prints, jewelry, ceramics, laser engraved glass, video documentation of performance, and an artist book, as well as drawings completed in graphite, ink, and charcoal.

Image: Leo Fahringer, 2 Much Candy Gonna Rot ur Soul, 2017, inkjet print. 

Installation view, In case: Christian Lasyone, Boy (2017), acrylic, ink, and screenprint on wood

To open the exhibition, Robbins presented a lecture on January 29, 2018 at 4:30 PM, followed immediately afterward by a reception in the galleries to celebrate the exhibiting artists. Five individual prizes, voted on by the Department of Art and Design faculty, were presented to the winning students at this reception. 

In her talk, “Warning: Contemporary Art!”, Robbins elaborated on observations she made of her students’ reactions to displays of contemporary art in Philadelphia, New York, and abroad while leading a course titled “Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond”. Specifically, she examined how the current political climate and shifts in social norms has heightened the need for preliminary language, verbal or written, to provide context for exhibitions of contemporary as well as historical works of art.

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