By Joseph Pratt
The Appleton Gallery of Shawnee State University (SSU) has opened its annual undergraduate gallery, which features Shawnee State students of all majors in all different mediums of visual art. The show’s judicator was Jimi Jones.
Jones is a Cincinnati artist and graphic designer. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. Jones recently retired, after a 27 year career as an art director at Procter and Gamble. He is also a founding member of the Neo-Ancestralist art movement, with exhibitions at the National African American Museum, Wilburforce, Ohio, The University of Cincinnati 850 Gallery, Thomas More College, the Cincinnati Arts Consortium, the Weston Gallery at the Aronoff Center for the Arts and numerous shows at the Contemporary Arts Center.
Jones was featured at Shawnee State recently and enjoyed the people and atmosphere so much and was very pleased when SSU offered him the opportunity to be the judicator of their undergrad show.
Over 50 pieces were accepted in the exhibition, ranging from three-dimensional sculpture to watercolor paint. Jones used ten principals when grading each piece, pattern, emphasis, variety, harmony, unity, balance, rhythm, movement, contrast and proportion.
Jessica Martin, senior and graphic design major, won several awards in the exhibition. She, along with friend Mark Austin, won first place in painting. The first place piece was a monotype they created during a workshop held in conjunction with the previous gallery, where they showcased work by Rosemary Butterbaugh. Martin also won second place in painting and first place in drawing.
“I’ve loved it,” Martin said about her Shawnee State experiences. ”I’ve grown exponentially with every class.”
Martin was very humbled by her wins.
“I’ve been creating art since I was little. I’ve always loved art,” Martin said. “I feel guilty for winning so much. There is a lot of good work, but it just feels good. I didn’t know you were allowed to do that.”
Martin is currently in the process of launching a website, which should be running shortly and showcasing a digital portfolio. You can visit her page at www.jessicadorothy.com.
“Jessica is real talent,” Jones said. “She is a designer who does art and unfortunately I am a designer that does art. I don’t want to say there is a relationship, but I can see her design quality and that is why I bring my 10 principals with me, so I’m not judging something by if I think it is pretty, but I’m going off design and criteria.”
The Appleton Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The show will close April 3.
Ribbons were handed out at the gallery opening for the following works: Best of Show, Mark Smith Works by Anne Marie Daly-Hyden; Digital First Place, Bottle Study by Monica Boyles; Digital Second Place, Inorganic by Monica Boyles; Photography First Place, Robin by Melissa Jackson; Photography Second Place, The Cowboy by Pamela Vest; Photography Third Place, Winter by Hannah Adkins; Photography Honorable Mention, Royal by Brandon Callihan; Ceramics/Sculpture First Place, Small Mans Bottles by Tyler Bradford; Ceramics/Sculpture Second Place, Exodus by Carrie Hall; Ceramics/ Sculpture Third Place, Pitcher of Wines by Johnny Grizzell; Painting First Place, Penn Station by Jessica Martin and Mark Austin; Painting Second Place, The Clearing by Jessica Martin; Painting Third Place, Pitrapee by Alyson Howard; Illustration First Place, Dotted Mouse by Tyler Bradford; Illustration Second Place, Bone Collection #2 by Josh Kilgallion; Illustration Third Place, Sit Still by Jessica Martin.
Joseph Pratt can be contacted at the Portsmouth Daily Times at 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.