Bobcats must show support for student art galleries, exhibitions

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With the opening of the Performing Arts Center and the growing public interest of the athletics department, it is important to make sure the efforts of some of Texas State’s more underexposed students do not go unrecognized.

The editorial board frequently encourages students to attend Texas State athletic events, but it is equally important for Bobcats to support their artistic peers, particularly those in the School of Art and Design, who often receive less attention than those in the performing arts. Attending plays, concerts and musicals is still important, but the galleries and displays of art students should not be overshadowed by the hype surrounding the Performing Arts Center.

Texas State has a competitive art and design program that is home to many talented student artists who deserve just as much attention and support as their peers in the athletics and performing arts departments. Attending galleries and exhibits is a great way for those who do not care for athletics or fundraising to support Texas State.

As many non-art majors are unaware these shows exist, the university should make an extra effort to promote these events so students do not miss out on an opportunity to see interesting art created by their peers.

Seniors in the School of Art and Design participate in rotating weekly shows each semester at the on-campus gallery located in the Joann Cole Mitte building. The exhibitions are free and open to the public. Furthermore, for students on tight budgets, exhibitions and galleries can be a great, low-cost way to spend the day while adding a little culture to their lives.

Additionally, the spring semester is an ideal time for students to support their peers in the School of Art and Design. According to the school’s webpage, students who earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art are required to exhibit artworks generated during their thesis semesters. Thesis students exhibit their works in four shows over a four-week period in the spring, featuring works in a variety of disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography and ceramics, among others.

If students cannot make any of the scheduled exhibits, they can still support fellow Bobcats off campus. There are several places around town where one can purchase art created by Texas State students, including the Root Cellar Café and Tantra Coffeehouse. Additionally, the Ceramic Arts Student Association often sells pottery on campus.

While attending athletic and performing arts events is important, it is equally vital that students support the fine arts at Texas State. By attending galleries and exhibitions as well as by purchasing student art, Bobcats can ensure their artistic peers have the ample support and encouragement they need. Alongside our stellar athletic teams and talented performers, our university’s gifted artists are part of what makes us the rising star of Texas—and that is something that deserves student attention and support.