Wayland students join forces for new art club

March 2, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Students with an artistic bent now have an official group to gather at Wayland Baptist University with the recent formation of an art club.

Called “Vivid Medium,” the club was founded by senior Jonathan Davis, an art major from Lamesa who plans to graduate in December.

Davis said the group came about from a desire to fellowship with others who love art and a chance to share feedback about their work in various mediums. While Davis is an art major, he said the club is open to other students on campus – even graduate students – regardless of their major.

“We welcome most everyone into the group, especially if they have a passion and desire to learn more about art,” Davis said, noting that current members have an interest in graphic design, printmaking, ceramics, painting, drawing and other media.

The group has about a dozen members so far and began meeting in the fall to plan their format and projects. They obtained official campus organization status through the university and are now rolling on weekly meetings. The group is currently working on an artistic project for the annual Academy Awards event at Wayland.

Davis said the meetings are pretty informal and usually include critiques of work, a chance for artists to get feedback on pieces in progress, instruction on techniques and art processes, and discussion of area art events they can attend as a group. The art club has attended the Art Walk in Lubbock a few times as well just to get a view of work outside the campus. The emphasis is on education and inspiration.

“I wanted to get all the artists together because as a group we can improve ourselves faster than as individuals,” Davis said. “It helps to get others’ advice, connect and find out what is popular, what is selling better and how to improve our work.

“My main purpose is to bring more artists into the program in the school, to realize we have a good art program here and an art degree isn’t something you do halfway. I want to have more collaboration with artists. It’s nice to get a group together to work on pieces and just enjoy being with other artists.”

Davis credited fellow art major Torii Jimenez and a former student, Brittany Thomas, with helping lay the groundwork for the formation of the art club.

Vivid Medium meets Monday nights at 10 p.m. in the painting lab at the Harral Arts Complex on campus. Meetings are open to any students with art interest. For more information, call the School of Fine Arts at 291-1060.