When students registered for professor Daniel Sherman’s First Year Seminar, they knew they would be designing a gallery, but they were unsure of how it would all come together.
After a semester of research and debate, they created a final layout and saw their project take shape in the Ackland Art Museum.
The exhibit “War on All Fronts” is on display until March 28 with an accompanying gallery guide created by the students.
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Time: regular Ackland hours through March 28
Location: Ackland Art Museum
“We got to pick everything about it,” said Madi Stalzer, a freshman chemistry major in the course. “Everything was open-ended. He was always asking our opinions. It was really our exhibit.”
Sherman said he divided the class into four groups and had each student study two works. Within the group, the students ranked the pieces. After presenting to the class, the students as a whole made the final decisions.
“A lot of the original choices got eliminated, and some no one even acknowledged at first ended up being in the show,” said Kate St. John, a freshman classics and art history double major.
“It was quite cool because a lot of the pieces that made it into the show worked out because someone fought for a piece,” she said.
The Ackland staff created a scale model of the gallery, and the students used it to lay out their selections.