Every academic year, the Student Union Art Advisory Board (SUAAB) goes through stacks of applications by artists (both students and non-students) who would like to have their work displayed in the Student Union Building (SUB) Gallery on the second floor or the Special Events Center (SPEC) lobby. The SUAAB is made up of both faculty and Boise State students.
One such artist is Randy Van Dyck, a surrealist style Boise-based artist/ small business owner with a frame shop downtown. On Aug. 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., a reception will be held to showcase his work in the SUB Gallery.
The advisory board goes through an extensive selection process that encapsulates an array of factors in determining an artist to schedule to have their work in an exhibition. These factors includes skill, aesthetics and simple small details, such as presentation on the application. A process that includes aiding the applicants themselves in furthering their craft and professional presentation.
Such as the case with Van Dyck, “It was the push of the advisory board that led him to push his concept more. He is much more prolific,” said Holly Gilchrist, fine arts manager of the Student Union and Bronco Gallery store.
Through the use of surrealist narrative compositions, Van Dyck’s work depicts both a sense of humor and an understanding of realism. Throughout the selection process by the SUAAB, artists have the opportunity to grow and discover new ways to improve their work, as Van Dyck has refined his process and layout.
“The process gives you a sense of what the art world is really like, ” said Ryan Cheathaum, senior creative writing/photography double major and gallery assistant who holds a seat on the SUAAB.
Applicants have a chance to learn the process that will ultimately define their art careers, as they will learn how to adapt and create work that fits both a creative and professional mold. Board members also provide the opportunity for applicants to have their work previewed as a means to further their knowledge of the selection process.
“I’m always happy to preview their application before they turn it in,” said Gilchrist.
In his State of the University Address, President Bob Kustra plugged Van Dyck’s upcoming exhibition.