An exhibition of visual art by third- and fourth-year Grinnell College students opened to the public on Friday, April 7, 2017, in the College’s Faulconer Gallery.

The annual installation known as BAX — Bachelor of Arts exhibition — includes more than 30 visual and performing art works by 19 studio art majors and non-art majors. All those participating have taken advanced studio art courses. The exhibition remains on view through May 7.

Visitors to the BAX exhibition will engage with works that span printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, video, installation, and sculpture. These works incorporate a variety of media from traditional oil on canvas, watercolor, charcoal and ink drawings, and single channel video, to nontraditional materials such as house paint, pigskin, secondhand clothes, and bowling alley wax. Students are encouraged to use media that suit the challenges of the project they have set for themselves.

BAX was organized by the Department of Art’s Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) in conjunction with Faulconer Gallery staff.  Members of the SEPC coordinate all aspects of BAX, from logistics of planning and executing the exhibition, issuing a call for submissions, designing posters, reviewing submissions, engaging a juror, and helping to install the accepted works. Milton Severe ’87, director of exhibition design, brings everything together in just five days for a professionally installed show.

University of Iowa Grant Wood Fellow and Grinnell College Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Tameka "Meka Jean" Jenean Norris served as juror for BAX, awarding a number of cash prizes from several endowed funds.

The BAX 2017 prize award winners are:

Henely Best in Show $450
Olivia Caro ’17 and Serena Hocharoen ’17, The Soft Space: A Pop-Up Zine Library
Tammy Zywicki Memorial Prize for Photography $250
Halley Freger ’17, Honest Makeup Tutorial for Millennials and Talons
Louis Glenn Zirkle Memorial Prize for Sculpture $250
Min Ji Kim ’18, Transcendence of Material
Juror’s Merit Henely Awards $300 each
  1. Zac Brennan ’20, Nathan Calvin ’18, Professor Mark Laver, Zack Stewart ’17, Vignettes
  2. Serena Hocharoen ’17 and Hazel Batrezchavez ’17, Intersection
  3. Alex Neckopulos ’17, Society
  4. Sarah Hubbard ’17 and Josh Anthony ’17, With Winged Words
Office of Student Affairs Purchase Prize  $250 each
  1. Zack Stewart ’17, Saint (Ah Um)
  2. Linnea Schurig ’17, Underneath
SGA Purchase Prize  $250 each
  1. Hazel Batrezchavez ’17, 2nd Generation Sadness
  2. Serena Hocharoen ’17, HOME

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations.

The College welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases, the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of College personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

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