The “In the Year 2000” exhibit, located in the Moudy Gallery, has artwork created by artists from all across the country.
The exhibit, which opened on Jan. 22, features work by Joshua Penrose, Sang-Mi Yoo, Andrew DeCaen, Austin Stewart, Annie Bissett and S.W.A.M.P. The focus of the exhibit is contemporary printmaking and new media.
Stewart's piece "Roadside Seed Bomb" was the favorite of freshman art history major Lindsey Papa.
"I like the seed bomb in there," Papa said. "It's interactive."
The piece shows a bomb exploding seeds when the level of carbon dioxide was too high around it. There is a replica of the bomb on the floor and a demonstrative video of the bomb exploding on the wall.
The gallery manager Devon Nowlin worked with new faculty members Nick Bontrager and Jonathan Stewart to create an exhibit showcasing the new strategies and technologies in art offered at the university.
“The Moudy Gallery is a teaching gallery, so we try to take advantage of exhibitions that will really benefit the students,” Bontrager said. "I think it's important for students who are visiting the show to know that several of the techniques they’ll see are offered in our classes right now."
The theme for the show developed out of trends the curators saw in the artists' work as they were planning the event last fall. Bontrager and Stewart suggested artists, and the team filtered through their works until they found pieces they felt would represent the type of art that would help prompt their teaching strategies, Nowlin said.
The professors are really good at showing students gallery shows that are going on and relating it back to the classes, gallery worker Briana Williams said.
"It’s really important for kids to have a context of the techniques that we learn that can be applied," Williams said.
Admission to the “In the Year 2000” exhibit is free, and it will continue until March 8. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m.