UC Merced’s Bobcat Art Show opens

The UC Merced annual Bobcat Art Show opened this week at the campus, showcasing a diverse array of art by students, faculty and staff.

A reception for the exhibition is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 24 in the UC Merced Art Gallery at the 5200 Lake Road campus, according to a university press release.

All of the works of art can be view at Arts UC Merced Present’s Facebook page. The art work that receives the most “likes” will receive the “Audience’s Award” at the reception.

The show, now in its ninth year, received 52 entries this year that cover a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, digital media, sculpture and mixed media.

The exhibit is being held simultaneously in the UC Merced Art Gallery, located in Room 106 of the Social Sciences and Management Building, and on the second floor of Kolligian Library.

Gail Benedict, the exhibit’s organizer, said the show is a great opportunity for all artists, from novices to those who are more seasoned, to show their work publicly.

“The feedback regarding the show has always been very positive,” Benedict said. “I think what people like about it is that it includes everyone. I’m always pleasantly surprised by the quality of the work we receive. It’s amazing to see the talent we have at our campus.”

Students are a driving force behind the Bobcat Art Show as they contribute the most submissions. Student exhibitors have a chance to compete for a best student artist award in five categories.

“We leave it up to the public to decide what good art is,” Benedict said.

Students play a significant role behind the scenes, too. Students enrolled in Professor ShiPu Wang’s curatorial studies course are assisting in the show’s installation, judging and marketing, according to the release.