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Columbia College hosts the 29th Annual
Paper in Particular

'Alchemy' by Stephanie Hunder
"Alchemy" by Stephanie Hunder

Whether documenting history, serving as a toy or even a building material, paper has many purposes. This month, visitors to the college's Larson Gallery have a chance to see an exhibition of paper in one of its most diverse forms at the 29th annual Paper in Particular: as art.

The competition and show features works of art on paper or composed of paper, and draws entries from across the nation, and even overseas.

Ben Cameron, professor of art, said the show is a unique event. "Other colleges in the area rent shows and do student shows, but there is nothing like a national competition," he said. Cameron helped launch the show and has overseen its production throughout its existence. Each year, Cameron said the competition receives as many as 1,200 pieces from nearly 400 entrants (each entrant may enter as many as three pieces), many of whom are art faculty and graduate students. "We receive entries from every state, and we've even received entries from England, Australia and Canada," he said. "People know Columbia College for this competition."

From the pool of pieces submitted, Cameron said fewer than 100 are selected for the final competition and displayed in Larson Gallery in Brown Hall. The gallery selection is then judged by the selected juror, who this year is Robert Mueller, professor of printmaking at the University of Florida at Gainesville. After the exhibit concludes, a winner is selected and receives a solo exhibit in the Larson Gallery. Wayne Kimball, professor of art at Brigham Young University and winner of the 28th annual Paper in Particular, will have his exhibition in the gallery in March.

Cameron said the show is intended to be a teaching event that allows students to be exposed to a variety of work. Entries come in the form of photography, painting, watercolor, prints, lithographs and drawings, as well as other mediums. Some submissions employ unusual materials. This year, Cameron said he received a piece that used dried radishes, as well as a piece composed of dryer lint.

Most of all, Cameron said he hopes the exhibit continues to inspire others. "Seeing new work in such a wide variety is always good-it's refreshing to see new art," he said.

The 29th Annual Paper in Particular exhibition will be available for viewing in the Larson Gallery from Feb. 3-March 2. The opening ceremony and reception will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3 in the gallery.