Art uses a variety of media, such as beer bottle caps which were featured in a fish sculpture on display at this week’s UPHEAVAL. A fine art show and sale, organized by students and featuring only student art, MSU’s 10th Annual UPHEAVAL took over SUB Ballrooms B and C on Nov. 11-13.
As of noon on Wednesday, 50 students had collectively sold 191 pieces of art, totalling around $7000 dollars. The artists receive 90 percent of the proceeds from sales to community members, faculty and students.
The pieces and styles of art were varied, including rings made from spoons, 12×2 foot paintings, pottery teapots, screen-printed tees and exhibit-quality photographs. Students from all departments of the College of Arts and Architecture were invited to display and sell paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, graphics, jewelry, photography and ceramics. This year was unique as the first year in which all featured art was student-crafted and did not include alumni work.
[pullquote align=”right”]“For some people this is their very first sale, and that is when they feel like an artist because someone wants to invest in their work.” — Hannah Safford, Senior in Art Education and Studio Arts and UPHEAVAL organizer.[/pullquote]
An open house kickstarted the event on Monday evening in fine-style and good fun. The evening included hors d’oeuvres, wine and live music by Flatt Cheddar, a local bluegrass band. Guests also took on the role of artists, crafting unique rings from scraps of old tin cans and trying their hand at the potter’s wheel.
Jaute Loftin, a senior in graphic design who sold screen art at UPHEAVAL, enjoyed the experience. “It was my first time ever selling my work which really makes you think about pricing your work and the value of your work,” said Loftin.
Arts and Exhibit Director and UPHEAVAL organizer, Hannah Safford, a senior in art education and studio arts, also mentioned the positive impact which selling artwork has on students, “The sale is all about getting money to the students … For some people this is their very first sale, and that is when they feel like an artist because someone wants to invest in their work.”