National juried art exhibit shows “Fake News” at MSSU

National juried art exhibit shows “Fake News” at MSSU
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It’s the opening week for “Fake News,” a juried at exhibit featuring submissions from across the nation at Missouri Southern.

“It really gives me a soap box to spread the message of what I really want to get out there.”

MSSU Senior James Judd uses art to share his ideas about the world.

“For me, it’s a form of ventilation, of getting my ideas across,” said Judd.

The exhibit at Missouri Southern is a collection of ideas, centered on “Fake News.” It caught Judd’s attention, as he studies propaganda art, and although he knew the competition would be steep in a national juried exhibit, he took a chance, entered, and was accepted.

“I was just like, ‘Wow, this is actually happening,’ and then like everything went into overdrive to make this a reality, and to get these pieces into the show itself.”

Getting into the show wasn’t easy, with over 50 submitted works coming from coast to coast and only 25 being selected, but Judd and another student, Jaclyn Kidd, made the cut.

“The acceptance criteria for the show was maybe a bit rigid to some degree. It wasn’t easy to get your work into this show. So, I think it’s quite an accomplishment that we did have students that were accepted,” said Gallery Director Christine Bentley.

Gallery study students designed the show, and helped hang the artwork on display, under the instruction of Bentley.

“I do feel pride in the faculty that I work with, my colleagues. I think they’re doing quality work with the students, and that shows in the work that’s ultimately produced from what are students are doing.”

For Judd, seeing his work hang next to other artists is a great feeling and an educational experience.

“To see other people’s interpretation of what their idea is of fake news, it’s really eye-opening.”

The “Fake News” exhibit will be on display through April 19, with an artist reception planned for April 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.