MERCED — An exhibit inside UC Merced's Kolligian Library kicked off this week.
The annual Bobcat Art Show runs through May 2.
A free artists' reception for the show is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the art gallery.
The event is sponsored by the UC Merced Art Gallery, Arts UC Merced Presents and the UC Merced Library.
Now in its eighth year, the art exhibit includes mediums such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and mixed media.
Continuing from last year, the students from Professor ShiPu Wang's curatorial studies course will assist in the show's installation and judging, according to Arts UC Merced Presents' website. "Students in Dr. Wang's class are working really hard to make this a great show. They make it fun," Exhibition Manager Gail Benedict said. Students who choose to participate have the chance to win "Best Student Artist" in the categories of 2-dimensional art, 3-dimensional art and photography-digital media.
"For many participants this is the first time they have shown their art to the public. It is an invaluable experience for them," Benedict noted.
Arts UC Merced Presents is NOW in its fifth year as an arts presenting program. Its mission statement emphasizes art that educates, enriches and entertains.
UC Merced is at 5200 Lake Road. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.