SAG* art show promotes hands-on experience

“The Interactive Show” is a break from the norm of ‘all look, no play’

Andie Balenger

The Students’ Art Gallery (SAG*) will be debuting “The Interactive Show,” an art display that can be physically interacted with by viewers, tonight at their gallery in the Lydia M. Olson Library. 

When asking for submissions in this display, SAG* encouraged student artists to submit pieces that could be touched, are interactive or can be played with in some way. Ilah Wilson, a senior art and design major and a monitor at the SAG*, said this show is unlike anything they have done before.

“It’s really different because usually we have all of the signs up and everything that says ‘please don’t touch,’” Wilson said. “It is sort of a show in opposition to that principle.”

The number of submissions to the SAG* often depends on the themes for their semester shows. Their most popular show last semester was titled “Monsters and Mythos,” which required students to submit pieces that were either magical, mythical or monstrous. 

“We got a lot of submissions for it, and it was pretty cool,” Wilson said. “A lot of it was jewelry based, which we don’t always get because it is such a time-consuming form of art, and it was really nice to have so many different pieces from the metals program.”

The SAG* has no expectations for the pieces being submitted to “The Interactive Show,” but they are predicting the art to be diverse in both medium and style. Wilson plans to submit a set of handcrafted paper dolls for the display.

“I think this show in particular will be a fun one to not only view but touch and play with,” Wilson said.  

Submitted pieces to “The Interactive Show” will be on display from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, and the show will run until March 24. The SAG* is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.