June 1 – July 1, 2007
NEXUSselects is a juried competition for seniors graduating from the many art colleges and universities in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. The juried exhibition seeks out the best and most compelling young artists and at the same time illuminates the trends and styles emanating from our region’s art schools. The opportunity to install and exhibit work in a high profile gallery serves as a milestone in these young artist’s careers. Nexus member artists Jennie Thwing and Bilwa served as jurors for NEXUSselects 2007 along with Greg Kelly and Steve Weber from 201 Gallery and Nexus executive director Nick Cassway.
Nine artists working in five different mediums from four different schools were chosen to exhibit a body of work for NEXUSselects 2007. This year’s exhibitors include: Melissa Biddle – Tyler School of Art, Photography; Jennifer DiCocco – University of the Arts, Photography; Raphael Fenton-Spaid – Temple University, Art and Art Education; Jennifer Gin – University of the Arts, Crafts; Colleen Keihm – Drexel University, Photography; Jong Kyu Kim – Tyler School of Art, Sculpture; Sarah Koziol – Tyler School of Art, Fibers; Penelope Reichley – Tyler School of Art, Sculpture; and Missy Sweet – Drexel University, Photography.
NEXUSselects was developed as a vehicle to help situate graduating art students in the professional art world at this transitional point in their careers. NEXUSselects also includes an educational component, which takes place every spring in the form of a comprehensive schedule of professional development workshops. These workshops are open to all graduating art school students and are presented free of charge by Nexus’ education committee. Students gain crucial knowledge and experience in such areas as writing artist statements and resumes, preparing media/press packets, publicity and networking and learn what it takes to establish a successful art practice after college.
Interviews with the artists: