Young artists are stepping into the spotlight to showcase the future of the art industry at the 55th annual St. James Court Art Show this weekend.
Eight students from Kentuckiana will display their award-winning artwork in Old Louisville Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Paul DuFour, Ian Hughlett, Alice Jang, Jacob Jury, Moriah Mudd-Kelly, Katie Stotts, Janie Marino and Tori Hagman received $22,600 in college scholarships in the 2011 High School Art Scholarship Competition and were honored at The Weber Gallery last Sunday. The scholarships were funded by four neighborhoods: the 1300 Association, St. James Court, Fourth Street and Third Street.
Categories for the competition included 2D painting/illustration, photography, printmaking, sculpture and Best of Show. For the first time, one student took home two top honors, one in painting and another in this year’s new category, sculpture.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said Jacob Jury, a senior at Ballard High School who won in sculpture and painting. “I was very grateful for it. We were just sort of shotgunning to see which ones I could get in. I’m definitely proud of the sculpture portfolio because it’s very new to me.”
Jury’s former art teacher attended the ceremony, as did several other high school teachers who came out to show support for the students and the local art community.
“I love the competition,” said Darrell Smith, a teacher at Ballard. “I think (art) allows students to move beyond just taking directions and doing competitions. With math and things like that, the teacher gives students the system. Art allows students to problem-solve with lots of different results.”
As for the career direction young artists can take, the teachers and jurors also had a few suggestions for young artists to establish themselves as professionals. It’s a career that people often believe is a struggle, but teachers and artists assured it’s not as tough as it’s often claimed to be.
“There are lots of different directions: automotive engineering, product design, everything to a college professor,” Smith said. “Everything you see around you has been influenced by someone who was creative.”
Teresa Saborsky, a sculptor and juror of the sculpture contest, also believes students can build a successful career in the arts. She finds the St. James Court Art Show is also important in demonstrating the ability of artists to thrive in the community as the show brings original, local artwork to the city.
“The right channel will present itself usually after you’ve tried several others,” Saborsky said. “If you limit yourself to any sort of thing, you’ve cut out possibilities. It takes a lot of courage to be an artist in a way. You have to keep the courage to keep exploring your art, listen to yourself and put yourself out there.”
The students will have a chance to put themselves out there in the local art scene this weekend. Their winning portfolios will be on display at the scholarship booth located in the center court of St. James Court, and they also will be honored at an award ceremony at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1.
“When we recognize these young artists we are recognizing young immerging artists,” said Kimberly Crum, competition coordinator of the scholarship competition.
Crum has been competition coordinator for the last three years and lives near St. James Court. She said the show builds a stronger community, and she enjoys socializing with friends and vendors on the street.
“There are parties every night on the street when the patrons go home,” Crum said. “It’s kind of like a college campus. My husband and I will put out a big buffet for friends and some of the artists. It’s a real community building event for us.”
The Saint James Court Art show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2.
For information, visit www.stjamescourtartshow.com.
Jacob Zimmer | contributing photographer
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