The Annual National Invitational Drawing Exhibition

I chose the Annual National Invitational Drawing Exhibition for my display because it represents many different voices within each drawing that is included. The voice of the artist is present through the actual work of art itself, including the medium and the title, while the voice of the viewer is apparent through each individual person’s interpretation of the art. I also chose this specific exhibit because I enjoy drawing as a hobby so it’s extremely helpful to see other artists’ work and see each one’s individual style while working on developing my own. It can help aspiring artists, or those just practicing a hobby, to see how each media can be used in a variety of ways to create amazing works of art. Even though an artist has used the same medium for multiple works, the pieces could look entirely different from each other. It’s also helpful to realize that, even though we have preconceived notions about what a drawing ‘should’ be, that is not always what it turns out to be but that doesn’t mean it’s not a drawing in its own right.

This series began in 1977 and was organized to bring together drawings by outstanding artists from a variety of states across the country. Included in this exhibition were works which may not fit someone’s traditional definition of a “drawing.” However, each artist has made a significant statement through the uses of different media to create their work of art. Ink, pencil and charcoal are used as media; as are crayons, acrylic paint, colored pencils, watercolor, pastel, shellac, print-media, and a variety of collage materials. An attempt was made to assemble a collection of drawings which presents a wide variety of images, techniques, media, philosophical concepts, and artistic views.

This collection of unique works was to provide viewers with new ideas and viewpoints about drawing as an art form. While the voice of the artist is prominent through the use of a specific media, and the image of the drawing itself, the voice of the viewer is present within the drawing as well. The way that a viewer can interpret each drawing is a voice all on its own. The unique point of view observed by the viewer represents the broad differences in people’s thinking and interpretation of certain objects, ideas, or concepts. These differences of interpretation can stem from a combination of a person’s upbringing and different personal experiences that they have encountered throughout their life. Each drawing chosen for the exhibition captures two distinct voices: the voice of the artist and the voice of the viewer.

By: Courtney Renfro

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