1.) How often do you have student art exhibits? Once
a semester? Once a year?
Student artwork is exhibited all year on campus. Once a year we have an off-campus artshow at a local mall and sometimes a few pieces will be exhibited in local banks, libraries or restaurants.
2.) Where in the school do you have the exhibit? The
hallways? The cafeteria?
We have long hallways in our main building and artwork is placed on a ledge in the hall.
4.) How do you mat the work? How do you hang the work
on the wall? Is there a place where you can purchase
large quantities of 18x24 construction paper in black
or gray to use for matting?
We affix artwork to pieces of matboard that local framing shops have donated. For much larger pieces I'll sometimes use plain cardboard (yuck) or foamcore. Since we have the ledge, it's pretty easy to display on campus, given the rigid backing. When we exhibit elsewhere, it becomes a real issue to affix some sort of hanger onto the back of each piece of artwork. Most of the time we hotglue and duct tape (both) a piece of tagboard to the back of the matboard. The tagboard has a hole punched in it and this hooks over the drapery pins that are on the display screens. When we've displayed artwork in other places we'll use 2 pieces of tagboard through which either yarn or fishing line or regular framing wire are used (which is then hooked over a nail or whatever on a wall).
5.) Do the students name the art pieces or do you come
up with the titles?
We don't use titles.
6.) Do you have a reception for the art show?
We haven't, but it's something I'd like to do for our mall exhibit.
7.) How is the work selected for the art show?
Usually the students select a few of their favorite pieces to display.
8.) Is there a set number of pieces each student is
required or allowed to have an exhibit?
Not necessarily, but we're a small school (about 150 students) and while all art students are expected to display their work, I try to avoid having someone display everything they've done during the year.
9.)Do you have the works judged and select pieces
awarded with ribbons or certificates, or it strictly
Most student work is simply exhibited. That said, each year the Parents Auxiliary at our school purchases one piece of student art work for the school's permanent collection. Students submit one or two pieces of their best work for this competition.
10.) How long does it take you to prepare for the show
and get everything set up? What sort of help do you
receive to get this done? Are the students involved
in hanging the show?
For exhibits on campus, students are responsible for putting their artwork on the matboard and for placing it in the hallways. The biggest challenge for off-campus exhibits is getting all the hangers ready on the artwork we're taking. When we set up for off-campus exhibits, I have a group of 4-5 students who go with me to set up the exhibit. It typically takes 2 hours or more to set up.
I saw you'd asked another question about retaining student work for exhibits. That can be tricky and most of the self-portraits that Art I students do first semester aren't displayed in the off-campus show in the spring because the kids like to give them as gifts to their parents. I teach at a boarding/day school, so if the kids take their work back to Korea or Africa, odds are they're not going to bring it back for the art exhibit!