The ACU Downtown Gallery in Abilene opened this year’s art show of all 3D artwork with the help of five artists and the ACU Maker Lab on Thursday.
The art show consists of all three-dimensional objects, most of which are interactive pieces that move. Four of the five artists involved in the show teach in the Department of Art and Design, while the fifth is a local artist.
“The art show was fantastic,” said Max Preston, freshman convergence journalism major from Amarillo. “The displays of 3D art in the show were magnificent, and I was stunned by the quality of work shown. I hope to see another show like this again soon.”
One of the participating artists, Nil Santana, is the director of the ACU Maker Lab and contributed in connecting the show to the Maker Lab. The title of the show is Artful Makers Making Art, based on the original idea of making the entire show connected to the Maker Lab before it was changed to be about “making” in general.
Jack Maxwell, professor of art and design, is the gallery director of the Shore Gallery on campus and the ACU Downtown Gallery.
“I hope it will open the eyes of viewers to the wide range of imaginative work that is created right here in Abilene,” Maxwell said. “There are pieces that will appear more conventional to the average viewer, but several of the pieces are quite edgy and may even broaden some viewers’ notions about the nature of art.”
All of the art shows at the ACU Downtown Gallery are free to the public. The opening reception was Thursday evening as part of the April ArtWalk in downtown Abilene and will remain open. The normal hours for the ACU Downtown Gallery are Wednesday – Saturday from Noon to 3 p.m.