It hasn't been done before, but this week there will be a juried art show of student work on display at the University of Oregon, with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Monday.
The show is the brainchild of Allison Hyde, whose job at the UO includes serving as director of the LaVerne Krause Gallery, located on the first floor of Lawrence Hall.
"In my undergraduate career at Colorado State, we had a similar show, and as a student I had the experience of creating work to submit and learning how to apply for the chance to show my work," Hyde said.
"With the quality of work being done here, I thought UO students should have the same opportunity."
Hyde completed her master's of fine arts, with an emphasis in printmaking, at the UO in 2011.
More than 40 students submitted work for the show, and 21 pieces by 15 artists were selected by a panel of judges that includes Hyde, UO Art Department head Laura Vandenburgh, Amy Isler Gibson, owner and manager of The Gallery at the WaterShed in downtown Eugene and Jessi DiTillo, assistant curator at the university's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
"For this first show, we didn't set any limits on medium or theme of the art work," Hyde said. "Basically, this is what the judges considered to be the best work across the board, and we wanted all students to be able to participate."
The main advantage of setting a particular theme would be "to help viewers connect with the work in the show, so we might consider doing that next time," she said.
As it is, the show has drawn a tremendous variety of innovative art pieces -- from sophisticated sculptures using everyday household objects to a an impressionistic tryptich of koi swimming above a scanner bed to an arrangement of bird feathers illuminated in an encased lightbox -- as well as paintings, prints and photographs.
The prizes will be modest, "just $50, $30 and $20 for the top three awards, but they're gift cards to the UO Bookstore, which has a great art department in the basement, so that will help students buy supplies," Hyde said.
"I am so excited about this show -- these students have created wonderful work."