Small show a big task for art student

The upcoming “Six by Six” exhibition will be an experience Casey Bussard will not forget anytime soon.

Graduating art majors are generally required to exhibit their work in the gallery for a senior project, but this isn’t always the case.

“For my senior project, I chose to curate a show because I thought that it would be a good experience,” said Bussard, a senior art history major. “Majoring in art with a concentration in art history pretty much limits your options career-wise, and working in a gallery is a possible career-choice.”

“Six by Six” will be an exhibition of miniature artwork, meaning all pieces of artwork will have maximum outside dimensions of six inches by six inches, including any framing or matting. The size of the artwork was the only restriction. The subject matter of each piece was left entirely to the artist.

In early 2004, fliers were distributed calling artists to submit their works to the “Six by Six” exhibition. NKU received an overwhelming response from artists all over the country.

NKU received more than 530 images for review from 239 artists. The final result: 93 artists exhibiting 100 original works that range from artists as far as California to several local NKU students and faculty members.

“It was really hard going through all the work,” Bussard said. “It’s so hard to say this piece gets in, this piece doesn’t.

“Overall, it took at least eight hours to go through all the work, and a quadra-bizillion man-hours doing everything else,” she said.

Putting the show together was not an easy task for Bussard, but to make matters worse the gallery flooded during winter break.

Another exhibit, “Five by Five” was originally set to be displayed in the Main Gallery along with “Six by Six” being shown in the smaller gallery, but because of flooding, “Five by Five” will now be postponed until next year.