Hugh McPeck Gallery: Upcoming Student Art Exhibitions

Visit the UAA Fine Arts Building this Wednedsay to sit in on a lecture from a local artist, or attend the opening reception on Thursday. Photo courtesy @uaahmpgallery on Facebook

With the Hugh McPeck Gallery’s “Foundations” exhibition, which showed off instructor-selected student artwork from UAA 100 and 200 level art courses, wrapped up last week, student artists now have the chance to look forward to the gallery’s upcoming self-submitted exhibits.

The 2022 Juried Student Art Show begins Wednesday, March 30, with a lecture from this year’s guest juror, Linda Infante Lyons. Lyons is a local artist from Anchorage, with lineage from the village of Karluk on Kodiak Island. She has a bachelor’s of art from Whitman College in Washington state, then moved to Chile, where she attended Vina del Mar Escuela Bella Artes as a full-time art student for three years, after which she remained in Chile for 15 more years. Lyons’ work has had work featured in exhibits in the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Alaska State Museum, and the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank, among others, and has been showcasing her work for over 20 years.

Local artist Linda Infante Lyons will be acting as the guest juror for this year's juried art show. Photo courtesy Linda Infante Lyons

Lyons also maintains a string of awards to her name, including the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship in 2018 and the Santa Fe Arts Institute and the Institute of American Indian Art Fellowship in 2015. Currently, she travels to remote Alaskan villages through the Alaska State Council to teach art and create collaborative art projects with local residents. To attend her lecture and participate in the art discussion, visit the UAA Fine Arts Building Room 150 at 7 PM on March 30.

The following day at 5 PM at the Hugh McPeck Gallery in the student union, Lyons will announce the winners of the Juried Art Show at the opening reception, awarding a total of $2,800 to winning student artists. After the opening, the student works will remain on display until April 28.

Student artists that missed the submission deadline for the juried art show but still want to have a chance at having their art displayed in the gallery can submit works to be displayed over one of the three summer exhibits. Pieces can be submitted to the Hugh McPeck Gallery online through a google forms document, and accepted pieces will be announced in early May. Exhibition of these pieces will begin May 16, and will be split between three summer exhibits ultimately ending on August 1.