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Jump back to the Wasatch Back Student Art Show

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

From watercolors and charcoal to ceramic tile, just about every medium can be found in the Kimball Art Center’s latest exhibit.

The annual Wasatch Back Student Art Show opened last Saturday and features the work of students K-12 from across Wasatch and Summit Counties. Students were able to submit their work to the gallery for display this month, all 250 entries were accepted.

"I think it’s just so wonderful we have a venue where kids can come and see their work displayed," said Director Pam Crowe-Weisberg.

Unlike past years, the exhibit did not include a competition.

"It’s great for their self-esteem, there’s already enough competition," Crowe-Weisberg said.

Chelsea Deckert, a sixth-grade art teacher at Ecker Hill International Middle School, was at the gallery opening on April 29 to see the work of 20 of her students. She encouraged many of them to submit work they had done at home rather than a piece that they created as part of an assignment.

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"I think sometimes the work they do at home is more meaningful," Deckert said.

She added how beneficial it was for the students to come and see their own work on display.

"I think that would keep someone interested in creating art," she said. "For me, to have my teacher supporting my work was huge."

Her students were excited to be part of the exhibit.

"Their reaction was extremely positive," Deckert said.

As she browsed through the exhibit, Deckert noted how interesting it was to look at the students work and see how they were progressing and what kind of work they had the potential for producing.

Mary Slusser, a junior, submitted an oil painting of a cabin in Pleasant Hill, Utah.

"It is from a photograph that my grandfather took," Slusser said.

The painting took her approximately two weeks to complete and almost as many to dry. But she chose the medium because of the expressive quality of oils, and Slusser said the colors in her painting are reminiscent of Van Gogh.

Slusser took a break from studying for her advanced placement tests to spend an hour at the exhibit.

"I am so excited, I get to show people what I do," she said.

Slusser said art is her life.

"It’s what I want to do for a living," she said adding that to look at her work in a gallery is, "like a glimpse into the future."

Sixth-grader Craig Wilcox draws at least once a week outside of class. He is creating a book full of dragon illustrations and submitted a piece in colored pencil titled "America the Beautiful" for the art show.

It displays Utah’s famous Arches and other landscapes along with the American flag.

"I feel pretty good about it," he said of seeing his work in a gallery.

Lately he has been learning a variety of skills during art class.

"I just like drawing. My teacher Mrs. Decker ahs been showing us how to shade and add texture," he said.

His mother, Theresa Wilcox, said she was excited about her son’s work.

"I think it is really great, I took his picture by his picture," she said.

Theresa was also enthused about the rest of the exhibit.

"I think it’s wonderful," she said, "It’s nice that it wasn’t a competition."

Also on display from April 29 to May 29 is Selected Work from Students of the Visual Art Institute, located in Salt Lake City. The gallery displays the work of high school students who are preparing work for their portfolios as they prepare to apply for college.

The Kimball Art Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. and closed Tuesdays.