A crowd gathers at the Curfman Gallery in Colorado State University's Lory Student Center for the Student Art Exhibition Nov. 29. The exhibit features 44 pieces of art and will run until January 27.
Colorado State University freshman Sophia Galier shares her artwork at the CSU Student Art Exhibition Nov. 29. "This is one of my pieces from my senior AP art portfolio," Galier said. "My art portfolio focused on sexual assault and the aftermath of it. This piece specifically is focusing on directly after the sexual assault and how the red hands, they're not actually there, but even though the assault has already happened, the victim can still feel it. It kind of just represents how sexual assault is not something that goes away easily and it sticks with you."
Dylan Barber shares his painting, "3-Piece Combo", a the Colorado State University Student Art Exhibition Nov. 29. "To me it represents the lifestyle of poverty, growing up in poverty in America," Barber said. "The country dangles a lot of these things towards poor people. And we want them, we go for them — it’s a trap, though. I grew up homeless and painting and creating art is something that means a lot to me, so I'm trying to put that into the painting but also keep the childlike sense of creativity and passion for art that I had since I was a kid." When asked where this passion comes from, Barber shared stories from his childhood. “My Nana is an artist,” Barber said. “She's a brilliant artist, and I think it was passed down to me but also, my deepest memories, I think I was like four years old, and my grandpa was teaching me how to draw Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes characters and I thought it was the most amazing thing. He could draw them perfectly in two minutes. It looked just like the cartoons and so as a kid that was something that was very inspiring.”
Ariel Sophabmisay shares her painting, "Outside In", at the Colorado State University Student Art Exhibition Nov. 29. "What I'm exploring is the juxtaposition between outdoors and inside and how humans have used the environment to survive," Sophabmisay said. "I chose to represent it in a magical, surrealist way because it's so hard to imagine that the environment could take us over instead of us taking it over." Sophabmisay is a sophomore art student and said she would like to use her degree to study Laotian art because of her family’s heritage.
JayCee Beyale, curator for the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado, speaks about the process of judging entries to the Colorado State University Student Art Exhibition Nov. 29. "There was a lot of amazing work from like two hundred and sixty pieces, narrowing it down to forty-four was a process," Beyale said. "[There was] a lot of compromising and discussion on what would be best represented in the show that you see this evening, so I'm really grateful and honored to be a part of that process."
Mamiko Ikeda, a calligraphy artist, musician, and faculty member of the Art Students League of Denver, speaks about the process of judging entries to the Colorado State University Student Art Exhibition Nov. 29. "I really enjoy all the pieces in person finally," Ikeda said, "because it's really different. It's so different that I really enjoy looking at all the pieces here."