Art History Class Juries Gallery Show

This semester the Applied Art History class embarked on their newest challenge, the gallery unit. Students began this semester by studying the process of curating a theoretical thematic gallery show of their choosing. Students chose themes ranging from Twin Cities to Beyoncé and had to create three dimensional models of their spaces and install their art in their designed spaces. During this unit students attended several galleries in Ojai, including galerie102 and Porch Gallery, to meet with curators and gallery owners to discuss the process of designing and installing a gallery show. The class also took a field trip to The Broad Museum, the newest contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, where they examined how a museum approaches display, art management, and storage.

The class then, for the second time in the history of Besant Hill School, have come together to work on a juried show of artworks submitted from the entire community. Works included in this year’s show range from current students and faculty to former staff. The students have selected through a myriad of different works and narrowed the selection down to a final grouping of sculpture, photography, painting, and more. The Art History class then challenged themselves by installing the chosen art in the Beatrice Wood Art Center’s Gallery, working hard to balance the works and create a sense of unity amongst the range of pieces. The works will be on display in the gallery during the Center’s normal visiting hours, Thurday through Saturday, 11am-5pm. Gallery reception is Wednesday, March 9, 2:45 – 5pm. It continues to be a great experience for the class, and they thank all of the artists who submitted work!