Students show art


Sophie Hillmeyer

NMU’s Lydia Olson
Library is a hub of knowledge and a study space for all students across campus, no matter what their course of study is. At any given time, a biochemistry student could walk in, followed by an
English graduate student and the list goes on.

Beginning Nov. 16 through the end of the fall semester, artwork made by about 20 students from a diverse range of majors will be displayed in the library’s atrium during the Student Art Show. Submissions were free and the only criteria were participants must be current NMU students.

“[This] art show was an opportunity for others to see my way of self-expression and love for creativity,” undeclared freshman Petra Arms said. “I am happy to know other individuals will be able to view my creations, outside of myself and close friends.”
The library’s atrium is
used to showcase artwork and
is a space to hold events and

“We have a beautiful space to exhibit artwork and this is a way to open [the atrium] up and let some students who aren’t art majors have that
experience and opportunity to be in a show if they haven’t done that before. It allows students to explore different areas beyond their
major,” outreach and circulation specialist Leigh Barry said. “There are a lot of talented students here on campus, and this is just an
opportunity for them to be able to participate in something like this.”

This art show will be
juried and winners will be
announced during a reception on Nov. 29. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the best of show, honorable mention and people’s choice, Barry said, adding that submissions are in a variety of mediums. She’s excited to see the
pieces come off her computer screen and have people see them in real life.

“I like the idea of bringing these artists together who have a really different set of education and skills,” Barry said. “I’m excited to see things up together that are really disparate. I think it’s going to make for an interesting display.”
Freshman marketing major Sydney Clark said she is
excited to share her artwork.

“I chose to submit my work because I am a passionate photographer and I want to share the beauty of nature through my eyes,” Clark said.

Artwork that comes from individuals with diverse
academic fields helps to mirror the mission of the library, Barry said.

“I like that it’s a space for everyone in that it’s not a show just for art students because that’s not our function here, that would be the function of an art department,” Barry said. “We’re here for everyone and I see it as an extension
of our mission and our service to the student population.”