Dystopian art to be on display in Nicholls student exhibit


THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Department of Art invites you to view student artwork depicting dystopia – a society faced with a cataclysmic decline, a tyrannical government or collapse – in the annual Kappa Pi Themed Exhibition.

The exhibit will run from now until Nov. 2 in the Ameen Art Gallery in Talbot Hall and from Nov. 5 to Dec. 7 at the Chauvin Sculpture Garden Art Studio.

The theme “Dystopia” was selected by a vote of the Kappa Pi chapter members. Artworks submitted to the exhibition must in some way address the theme to be eligible for inclusion. A total of 44 students, some not art majors, submitted work to the exhibition.  Famous examples of dystopia are George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

I would encourage people to attend the exhibition to see how students interpret the word dystopia, and all of the meanings it has in contemporary culture,” said Ross Jahnke, art professor and exhibitions coordinator. “Some art is a very literal interpretation of the word, while other pieces take a more tangential approach. Unlike the Annual Student Exhibition in the spring, which is for art majors only, and for art produced in art classes, this is a chance to see what students will do on their own.

A reception and awards ceremony will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Ameen Art Gallery.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Kappa Pi is an International Art Honor Society founded in 1911, with chapters throughout the world. Zeta Alpha Zeta is the Nicholls Chapter of Kappa Pi, and has been active for over 15 years. Zeta Alpha Zeta members sponsor this annual themed exhibition as well as participate in numerous extracurricular activities each year, such as Nicholls Can, Shark after Dark, Artworks, Welcome Back Day and High School Day.

For more information contact Jahnke at ross.jahnke@nicholls.edu or 985.493.2501.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 30, 2018

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu