At the start of a new year, residents can view the most exciting new creations by Northern Michigan University (NMU) students working in each area of concentration in the School of Art & Design. This biannual “No BS or BFA Yet!” exhibit, featuring work by juniors and seniors, can be viewed Jan. 12 through Feb. 23 in the Bonifas Arts Center gallery.
The students, with their passion for art, bring “so many great ideas,” said Pasqua Warstler, Bonifas artistic director, and they “know the latest technologies and newest materials, all of which enliven their work and make the exhibit interesting for our guests.”
The students’ work is “great,” with some “really outstanding” creations, said Dale Wedig, who has been teaching in NMU’s art & design program for 33 years. “It seems like every year there are people who emerge with really unique perspectives and techniques,” and he loves seeing how different artists take ideas and information and transform them into something totally new and unexpected, he said.
The exhibit will present “quite a wide variety of work,” Wedig said. Viewing is free and open to the public.
This exhibit gives NMU students practical experience since they must complete the same steps all artists would when entering contests, and participation connects them with “a broader community” outside the university, said Warstler.
Wedig agreed that students benefit from this off-campus experience, meeting and getting feedback from different people, oftentimes gaining confidence, and sometimes learning, upon seeing their work exhibited, that they “need to step it up” and “work harder.”
This year, some students will receive awards “honoring outstanding work,” said Warstler, and the Bonifas is offering students a reduced membership rate in the hopes that they will submit work to additional competitions.
All are invited to a reception Jan. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Powers Gallery.