Art Student Awarded in National Exhibition

"The Swan"

“The Swan”

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 23, 2014 – High Point University sophomore David Friedman has been selected to exhibit his artwork at the “Artists of the 21st Century” exhibit at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center from April 1 to April 25. His piece, titled “The Swan,” made from 1,600 pieces of folded paper, placed 2nd in the 3D category during the reception on April 3.

“Artists of the 21st Century” features the work of visual art students throughout the Southeast. “The Swan” was selected by juror Eric Botbyl, a full-time studio potter and owner of Botbyl Pottery & Companion Gallery in Humboldt, Tenn. To be eligible, submissions for the collegiate exhibition must have been produced during the student’s undergraduate enrollment period and must have been created solely by the artist. Winners of the exhibition receive cash prizes up to $250.

Friedman’s interest in origami began at an early age, and his folding techniques have become increasingly complex over time. “The Swan” took Friedman over a month to create, making it his largest sculpture to date. He is currently working on a 5,000-piece sculpture of a lotus flower.

“I am always excited to break the preconceived notions about origami and paper in general,” says Friedman. “By adding simple creases into a piece of paper, I can make sculptures and creations that make people realize the true potential of ordinary paper.”

“David is continuously generating new designs and innovative methods to communicate his ideas,” says Karen Maness, associate professor of art. “The rigorous work ethic needed to create ‘The Swan’ demonstrates David’s dedication to his art. I am not surprised that ‘The Swan’ was selected to be a part of such a prestigious exhibition.”

Friedman, a graphic design major and communications minor from Charlotte, N.C., hopes to expand his work and share his art with others: “I love the work I do, I am proud of every piece I make, and I always excited to find another project to work on.”

About The Exhibition
“Artists of the 21st Century” is a regional juried exhibition of works by university students from Tennessee and six other Southeastern states. The annual exhibition is presented in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Martin’s visual arts department.

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