Department of Art & Art History

The 2016 Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition

The 2016 Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition

March 28 - April 8, 2016

Juror's Presentation & Opening Reception: Monday, March 28 @ 5:00 p.m.

Biggin Gallery’s annual Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition features selected works by current art students, with an awards presentation featuring Dean Joseph Aistrup and a distinguished visiting juror. Included works are eligible for numerous awards, including the Joyce & Roger Lethander Purchase Award and Merit Awards in Art, the Dean’s Choice Purchase Award, the Davis-Frye Annual Award in Art, Art Department Merit Awards, and the James E. Furr Award for Excellence in Innovation.

Submission information:

Students may drop their artwork at Biggin Gallery for submission to the exhibition on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23, from 10am - 6pm. Each artwork must be accompanied by a submission form included in the exhibitions prospectus, which is also available in the Department office in Biggin Hall, as well as the 3D Arts Building.

Juror Information:

This year's juror is Jamillah James. Jamillah James is assistant curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. With Anne Ellegood, Hammer senior curator, she was an institutional curator for the spring 2015 exhibition, Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 at the Hammer (organized by The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York), the first museum survey of Gaines’s early work. She recently assisted Hammer chief curator Connie Butler on the critically acclaimed exhibition and publication, Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth. She currently organizing two concurrent exhibitions with painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Hammer Projects: Njideka Akunyili Crosby and The Beautyful Ones, the artist’s first exhibitions in Los Angeles.

In addition to exhibitions at the Hammer, James organizes exhibitions and programs at Art + Practice in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, including Charles Gaines: Librettos: Manuel de Falla / Stokely Carmichael (co-organized with Anne Ellegood), a solo presentation of John Outterbridge (December 2015), and artist lectures with Jennie C. Jones, Kevin Beasley, Fred Moten and Pat Thomas, Cauleen Smith, among others. 

Before coming to the Hammer, James held curatorial positions at The Studio Museum in Harlem; the Queens Museum, New York; and the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, and independently organized exhibitions, performances, and screenings in Chicago, Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia. Selected recent exhibitions and projects include organizing screenings and performances by niv Acosta, M. Lamar, Jumatatu Poe, and Sophia Cleary, among others for Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2014); Brothers and Sisters, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013); The Order of Things, NurtureArt, Brooklyn (2013); Comic Relief: On Art and Television (for The Center for Experimental Lectures), MoMA/PS1 (2013); Dirty Looks: On Location, New York (2012); and Three Points Make a Triangle: Queens International 2012, Queens Museum, New York. 

Her writings have been published in several publications for the Studio Museum in Harlem, including the catalogues Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Shadows Took Shape, and Fore; Dirty Looks; and the International Review of African American Art. She has been a visiting lecturer and critic at the California Institute for the Arts (CalArts); Syracuse University; the Goethe-Institut, New York; the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Hunter College, New York; the School of Visual Arts, New York; and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, among others. She has also taught seminars on curatorial practice and contemporary art at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and the Rhode Island School of Design. 


Last Updated: August 08, 2016