MARQUETTE – Thirty-seven Northern Michigan University art and design students are showcasing their work in the NMU Art Gallery, located in Lee Hall. “Last Call: NMU Art and Design Senior Exhibition” will be on display through Friday, May 2.

A reception will be held in the gallery on May 2 to close out the exhibition. A Best Show Award will be presented to one of the graduating seniors. The public portion of the reception is scheduled from 8 to 9 p.m. The presentation of the award is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

“This is a really good exhibition,” Wayne Francis, director of the NMU Art Museum said. “What is most impressive is the wide variety of media showcased. Most people think of art as just paintings and sculptures – which we do have an excellent offering of this semester. But we’ve also got electronic imaging and photography and environmental design projects, just to name a few. The different types of art in this one show really highlights not only what our students are doing, but also what the department as a whole is doing.”

For the students, the effort to present their work to the community has been a long time coming. Art and design majors are required by the department to present their work in a senior exhibition prior to graduation.

“I’m really impressed with the overall quality of the show,” Ryan Frates of Hemet, Calif. and senior illustration major said. “We’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into this and it feels good to see it all displayed here.”

Art education major Jenny Evans of Munising, Mich. agreed. “It feels so good to have completed this project. I’m relieved. But I’m also proud of what I’ve done.”

NMU art and design faculty choose the Best of Show Award immediately preceding the public reception that ends the exhibition. The $500 award is sponsored by the Friends of NMU Art Museum.

“The reception is always fun,” Francis said. “Parents, students, faculty, and friends all pack into the gallery with all the art work and everyone is excited. This group of students should be excited – they’ve been a great group.”

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