Transylvania Juried Student Art Exhibition to open May 3

The artistic talents of Transylvania University students will be spotlighted in a Morlan Gallery exhibition from May 3-17.

The annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will feature more than 100 pieces—from paintings to fiber to digital media.

The show opens on Friday, May 3, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. The Lexington Gallery Hop closes the exhibition on Friday, May 17, from 5-8 p.m.

Art faculty and the gallery director will award prizes for creative, exceptional work in “best of” categories.

Honors also include the Dean’s Purchase Award, which recognizes superior student artists by installing their works in a permanent collection on campus. Michael Cairo, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university, continues the tradition this year.

The Nana Lampton Prize, named in honor of the visual artist, poet, philanthropist and business leader, is given to seniors in recognition of their creative vision, strong work ethic and natural leadership.

Additionally, the Abbott Scholarship will go to a rising junior or senior who has demonstrated studio and scholarly excellence. The scholarship honors the memory of Mildred and Harold Abbott, both patrons and practitioners in the visual and performing arts.

Morlan Gallery, which is on the main level of Transylvania’s Mitchell Fine Arts Center, is open weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. and by special appointment. Free, nearby parking is available. For an appointment, call Gallery Director Andrea Fisher 24 hours prior to viewing at 859-233-8142.