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Showcase sculpts minds of both students, artists

The 80th Annual Student Art Show, going on now at the Memorial
Union, gives University of Wisconsin students yet another chance for their
artwork to be added to the university’s growing collection of about 1,300
pieces from more than 500 artists.

Jurors Barbara C. Buenger, art history professor at UW, and
Jake Stockinger, Arts & Culture desk editor at The Capital Times, said in
their jurors’ statement it was a pleasant surprise to be able to easily select
work of such high quality.

Throughout the Porter Butts and Class of 1925 Galleries on
the second floor of the Union, a variety of pieces can be found ranging from
pencil sketches to modern collages to oil paintings. One video documents
customers entering and exiting State Street’s Triangle Market, while another
features a woman lying naked in a forest surrounded by passing deer.


“I think almost everybody would find something that they
like,” Stockinger said in an interview with The Badger Herald about the
assortment of artwork displayed. “They might not like everything, but there is
something there that would appeal to them.”

This diverse collection could be attributed to the fact that
all UW students were eligible to submit pieces, not just art majors.

“You get photographers and people who do art as a hobby,”
Stockinger said. “They love doing it, and that’s why they do it ?– not for a
career. A lot of students have their own vision and are clearly working toward
art that is original.”

Opening the show to non-art students has also attracted a
wider range of students who can visit the display to see art that has been
produced right on campus.

Stockinger and Buenger awarded the Sally Owen Marshall Best
in Show award to UW graduate student Matthew Bindert. Stockinger said Bindert’s
use of wood block print and a canvas, repetition and abstracted black and white
captured the attention of both jurors and visitors of the exhibition.

“Everyone who went to go look at it would walk away but come
back to it again,” commented Stockinger. “I have a touch of obsessive compulsive
disorder, and so I love repetition and this I think captures it very, very

According to Bindert, he combined repetition and abstraction
with influences in his life to create his piece, called “Interconnectedness.”

“DNA charting, textiles and modern corporate structures are
some elements I have drawn from … that inspired the abstract forms in my
piece,” Bindert said of his award-winning artwork in an e-mail to The Badger

In order to ensure the final display would be a sample of
the artistic talent throughout campus, the jurors selected at most one piece
from each student, and they emphasize the show is available to all residents in
the Madison area, not just art students.

“You do not have to be a professional artist to make art and
to appreciate art,” Stockinger said.

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