The Cardinal Valley Art Show will open at the Pendleton Art Center during tonight’s First Friday art walk.
Painter and mixed media artist Emily Vigil, museum assistant at Massillon Museum in Massillon, Ohio, was judge for the show.
With more than 10 years of museum and gallery experience, Vigil has been exhibits coordinator for the West Virginia State Museum and worked as director at Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Marshall and a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from Louisiana State University.
Q: How did you become judge for the Cardinal Valley Art Show?
A: I was invited to jury the exhibition by a colleague at Marshall University, Andrea Prince. She and I were both received our bachelor’s degrees from the art department at Marshall.
Q: How much judging have you done?
A: I have judged shows a few times over the years. However, I have extensive experience from another perspective: that of an exhibition coordinator, at a variety of venues.
In that role, I have frequently been involved with selecting jurors, compiling work for jurors, and preparing artwork for jurors to view. I have often played the quiet observer, present while works are selected and prizes chosen. Of course, I was also around for the rest of the process, from show installation, to award distribution, to writing acceptance and rejection letters, and to compiling images for show catalogues. Experience as a show curator also adds to my background.
As an artist, I have also seen the flip side of this process. I have entered numerous juried exhibitions, with varied results. I believe that all these experiences together make me a well-rounded judge.
Q: What do you look for when judging?
A: I look at a number of factors, including concept, use of the elements and principles of design, and technical skill. In other words, I look for well-crafted and innovative work that draws me in by its use of color, light and dark contrast, form, shape, line, or texture.
There is no perfect formula for all the factors, but I aim for a high quality standard for works to be included. Occasionally, a piece may demonstrate incredible skill in one area that outweighs other factors.
Q: Are there themes or certain things in particular you will look for with this show?
A: I’ll look for a hard-to-quantify quality, the potential for a work to move the viewer in an emotional way. I am also looking forward to how the variety of artwork may reflect a spirit of the geographical region where it was made. I aim to include a variety of artistic approaches and media (if possible) in this exhibition, because I would like to draw an audience in something they are familiar with and know they like. Once drawn in, perhaps they will be surprised by or learn something new by experiencing the show.
Q: I have heard it said about art shows that it all depends on who the judge is and what he or she likes. What is your response to that?
A: Yes, I would agree with that in general. A show does depend on who a judge is, in as much as one’s experience and education certainly influence that person’s sensibilities. However, I do believe most jurors consciously step into a more objective stance for the task. They carefully consider the venue, and most importantly the audience for the work when making their choices.
Q: Is there any advice you can give to people who enter art shows?
A: Yes. 1.)Always present your work in its best light. If submitting through images, make sure that the photographs are taken well, and follow the submission directions. When submitting work itself, make sure that it is solidly constructed and any installation instructions are clear, and that frames complement the work.
2.) I would say that juried shows are a kind of visual “networking,” where you may find others with a similar affinity, and make connections that can lead to other exhibition opportunities.
3.) Keep entering shows — even if not awarded, the exposure can lead to unexpected rewards and opportunities. Jurors may also be looking for artists to include in future shows that they curate.
First Friday events
‰The art of Al Cornet is displayed at The Frame Up Gallery, 1436 Winchester Ave. For more information, call (606) 324-8565 or visit theframeupgallery.com.
‰Highlands Museum and Discovery Center will be open for First Friday art walk with music by Isaac Stephens from 6 to 8 p.m. The Star Lab will offer a workshop every 30 minutes and face painting will be offered. Admission will be free for the first floor.
‰The Pendleton Art Center is the site for the Cardinal Valley Art Show during First Friday art walk. The Pendleton is at 1537-1539 Winchester Ave. CCC Trail Cafe, which is inside the center, will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (606) 920-9863 or visit pendletonartcenter.com.
‰Featured Artist for the Month of April at The Upstairs Gallery is Laura Moul, nationally certified master craftsman photographer, “A Photographic Journey.” The gallery is at 1428 Winchester Ave. For more information, call Barbara at (606) 325-2470 or (304) 633-4401 or visit yessy.com/TUG.
‰Thoroughbred Gallery will have a photography show called “Anything Goes.” Live entertainment will be provided by Brian Brown. The gallery is at 1430 Winchester Ave. For more information, call Barbara at (606) 325-2470 or (304) 633-4401 or visit yessy.com/TUG.
‰Jesse Stuart Foundation will be open for First Friday. The foundation is at 1645 Winchester Ave. For more information, call (606) 326-1667 or visit jsfbooks.com.
‰The Lamp Post Cafe will have an open mic poetry reading from 6 to 7 p.m. Artist Jeremy Grizzle will display his work from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is at the corner of 15th Street and Greenup Avenue.
LEE WARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2661.