GODFREY – Two student artists from Lewis and Clark Community College will be among 44 peers from across the region represented in Art St. Louis’ “Varsity Art XXVI” this spring.
“Varsity Art XXVI” is the gallery’s 26th annual invitational visual art exhibition featuring works by undergrad and grad-level art students of all ages representing 23 St. Louis regional colleges and universities from Missouri and Illinois. Included in this year’s show will be recent L&C graduate Chandler William Herron (www.instagram.com/pics.by.chan) and L&C Art student Ashlee Sirois (www.instagram.com/OMENIMAGERY)
The exhibit will run March 4-31 at Art St. Louis’ gallery, 1223 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis. It will feature a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, metalsmithing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video – all representative of universal or global contemporary art trends.
“As art majors advance academically, it is essential that they exhibit their artwork in formal exhibitions,” said L&C Art Program Coordinator Angela Hung. “Students who make this important step are able to better assess the quality of their art through jury selections. Such exhibitions are also an important stage of their professional development. Students majoring in Art at Lewis and Clark Community College have enjoyed a wonderful history of exhibiting their artwork competitively for many years now.”
Herron, 22, submitted a currently untitled 12x15” black and white silver gelatin print of lily pads he photographed outside of the Jewel Box in Forest Park.
“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to have one of my pieces in this exhibit,” he said.
While at Lewis and Clark, Herron earned the 2021 Ursprung Photography Award as well as Special Recognition at L&C’s 16th Annual Student (Virtual) Art Exhibition in 2021.
He graduated from L&C in December 2021, and currently attends Webster University in St. Louis, where he is studying photography.
“Something I would like do after college is become a teacher so that I may help influence other people who are interested in photography,” Herron said.
Sirois submitted a piece called “A Woman Who Knows,” 16x20” chalk pastel, though she works in a variety of media.
“I love experimenting with and combining different mediums to fully achieve my vision,” Sirois said. “I would describe my art style as surrealist, figurative, and expressionist. I am heavily inspired by Renaissance art, particularly the Memento Mori concept.”
Sirois has been featured in art exhibitions at Lewis and Clark and at Southwest Illinois College, as well as Naughti Gras at the Koken Art Factory in St. Louis.
“It’s very exciting – this is one of the bigger exhibits that I have been featured in,” she said. “It’s such an honor to be chosen.”
After college, Sirois would like to work as a freelance artist to continue exploring her interests, and, like Herron, plans to work as an art professor one day.
Art Saint Louis is free and open to the public. Art Saint Louis Gallery & Catalyst Coffee Bar hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit the Art St. Louis website at https://artstlouis.org/index.php/exhibition-schedule/up-next-in-the-gallery to learn more about the show.
To learn more about L&C’s Fine Art program, visit www.lc.edu/AFAart or contact Hung at firstname.lastname@example.org. L&C is now enrolling for Summer 2022. Fall 2022 enrollment begins March 14.