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April 17, 2014

Judged and juried: Carnegie art show opening today

106 works of art selected for Carnegie juried exhibit

This year's Carnegie Art Center Juried Exhibition is perhaps riskier and darker than last year's — but just as varied.

More than 240 pieces by 124 individual artists were submitted for jurying by Stephanie Hunder, a gallery director and instructor of visual arts at Concordia College in St. Paul. Of those, Hunder selected 106 pieces by 81 different artists. The exhibit opens today and remains on display through May 24. The reception is 7-9 p.m. on Saturday at the gallery, 120 S. Broad St. During the reception, five $200 awards of excellence will be distributed to chosen works.

In her juror's statement, Hunder wrote of her selection process:

"To make this selection, my criteria had to do with the artist's commitment to investigation, ambiguity and asking questions. ... For me, the atist's practice revolves inquiry, searching for a way of understanding the world we live in through a creative process. Even with these criteria in mind, it was very hard not to include pieces which were beautiful and skillful even if they didn't fit, and I was often very conflicted. In the end, I chose work that was challenging rather than restful, and unsettling rather than joyful, to make the body of this exhibition."

Like many juried shows, the process has a way of celebrating established artists while also unearthing new talents.

Minnesota State University students Danielle Hron and Jasmine Greenwaldt, for instance, are making their first appearances in local galleries. Hron's "Still Life with Boot" is handled with deft irony and a deep, regal palette as a leather shoe seems almost harmonic within the lush centerpiece. Greenwaldt's "Awakening" is visceral and violent in brush stroke, and stands in contrast to her second piece, "Illusive," which is more figural, but equally temepstuous.

Juston Cline is also making his Mankato art gallery debut — though, he is neither an art student nor trained in particular technique.

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