By Sabrina Hayes
MSU students submitted a record-breaking number of photos to the Exit Gallery’s first exhibit of the year, leaving the walls bursting with artwork and exceeding available wall space. Partnering with the Office of International Programs, the Exit Gallery opened the exhibit on Monday, Aug. 31, displaying 115 photos spanning 35 different countries from 38 MSU students. The 2015 Study Abroad Photo Contest features art from past study abroad participants as well as submissions from Exchange Students from Australia, China and Thailand.
“This photo contest will provide [all] MSU students an opportunity to learn about international opportunities offered through MSU,” said Alyson Roberts, the Study Abroad coordinator. “The exhibit demonstrates the variety of places and people who do participate in study abroad during their time at MSU.”
While encouraging other students to consider MSU’s study abroad options, the show also allows those students who spent time abroad to “display their art and get immediately involved in MSU after staying away for up to a year,” Roberts explained.
The Director of ASMSU Arts and Entertainment, Melissa Dawn, discussed how this particular show, the gallery’s first contest-style exhibit, differs from all other Exit Gallery shows. “Rather than one individual, this show features work from many MSU Study Abroad students from varying majors and countries.”
All 115 submitted photos are on display in the gallery, but not all were printed. “We had a record number of photos submitted this year, and decided to display all through an online slideshow,” Roberts explained — a first for the gallery. “Each student who submitted photos will have at least one photo printed on the wall during the exhibit.” ASMSU and the Office of International Programs hope to keep participation high in the coming years.
“The Study Abroad photo contest has been a great event to start the year for the past several years,” Roberts said. “We will continue to hold this photo contest every year, and hope that we can continue to partner with ASMSU and the Exit Gallery in exhibiting these photos.”
The winner of the contest will be chosen by MSU students and other gallery guests who vote during their visit.
The gallery is hosting a reception on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 5-7 p.m. for the artists and anyone else interested in the show.
The Exit Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in SUB 212.
The Study Abroad Photo Contest will be on display and open to voting until Sept. 11.