PLAINVIEW, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from Wayland Baptist University:
Working on class assignments in Wayland Baptist University’s graphic arts program continues to impact students whose artwork is recognized in competitions around the world. Evan Puckett is the latest student to have selected works for an international exhibition.
Puckett, a Plainview senior, had three plays selected for the 12and Lessedra International Painting and Mixed Media Exhibition in Sofia, Bulgaria. Under the guidance of graphic design teacher Dejan Mraovic, Puckett worked to hone his Photoshop skills with imagery that focused on “comic absurdity with an emphasis on the Wild West”.
Puckett’s artistic creations feature a gunslinger with an oversized revolver, a gargantuan chicken overlooking a western landscape, and a giant catfish with a muscular human physique.
“One of my main goals in life is to make people laugh, and comedy work seems underrepresented,” said Puckett, who wasn’t sure what to think when he found out his work had been selected for. the show.
“I thought it was a joke,” he said. “The Lessedra Art Competition is quite a prestigious competition. There were not many Americans selected and among them I was the only student selected.
Puckett’s three pieces will be exhibited in the Lessedra Gallery in Bulgaria until March 25, 2022. The exhibition features the works of 115 artists from 33 countries. Of the eight other American artists selected, two are art teachers and the others are professional exhibiting artists. Puckett’s art is classified as digital photo montage. Other works of art include paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed media pieces.
Puckett said he was pleased and somewhat surprised that his first art gallery appearance was in an international competition.
“A lot of the time, people’s first appearance in an art gallery is their college art gallery,” he said. “It’s my first experience. I think it’s employable… don’t you?
Puckett hopes to use his design skills in a career as a graphic designer.
“I’m going to apply to as many graphic design places as I can and accept the one that gets me and pays the most,” he said. “I will do what people want me to do and I hope I will glorify God by doing that.”
(Wayland Baptist University press release)