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Wilson College juried exhibit opens March 22

CHAMBERSBURG — Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, to mark the opening of the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.

Presented by the Wilson College Department of Fine Arts and Dance, the show will continue through April 20 in the Bogigian Gallery, located on the second floor of Lortz Hall on the Wilson College campus, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg.

The show provides a venue for Wilson students to share their work with the community. The exhibition will feature drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics, photographs and mixed-media artwork with a wide array of subject matter and content.

This year’s juror is Alex Miller, a local artist and art teacher at Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School.

The exhibit is modeled after the famous salons of 19th century Paris, when the French government organized official exhibits that were juried by respected artists and academics. Protests erupted after some 3,000 artists were rejected from the salon in 1863, forcing Napoleon III to order an exhibit of the refused works.

In the spirit of the nonconforming artists who were refused from the state-sponsored event, Wilson’s student art exhibition will also include a Salon des Refusés (Salon of Refusals). Works rejected from the exhibit will be displayed in the second- and third-floor studios of Lortz Hall, and viewers are invited to decide for themselves now, as they were in Paris, if the art is substandard or not.

The Bogigian Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For additional information or an appointment, contact Professor of Fine Arts Philip Lindsey at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3305, or