For the next two weeks, the Viking Union Gallery is hosting the talented works of art students from all over the West Coast, as part of an annual exhibit.


This year’s “Beyond Borders” is the seventeenth occurrence, bringing together the works of fine-art students all over the Western United States and Canada. The show was juried by three professionals in different artistic fields, chosen by Viking Union Gallery Director Ashley Hollender.


The three jurors are Garth Amundson (Fine Arts professor of photography), Sarah Clark-Langager (Western Gallery director), and Barbara Miller (associate professor of art history).


In the main gallery space, the works are predominantly students from Western, with other colleges represented in the ramp hallway to the left of the entrance. These works hail from Walla Walla and Spokane in Washington; Visalia, Sacramento and Los Angeles in California; and Ashland, Ore.


The whole show displays a lot of talent and creativity in a variety of media, including woodcuts, lithographs, porcelain sculptures, perforated pigment prints, video and audio, photography, wax, c-prints and aluminum.


There is a lot of talented works here, and a handful really caught me on my first viewing. These included a few larger, painted pieces, smaller sculptures, photography, and the video projected onto the wall. Of course, I will be visiting a few more times before the exhibit closes, and I’m sure each pass through I will have another round of favorites as I spot more details.


“Beyond Borders” is a unique and important part of regional art. Western students are able to see artwork and ideas that they might not have been able to witness, and this may influence their future pieces or other ideas they had. It’s a one-way sort of communication, but it’s important communication.


The exhibit will run until Thursday, May 25 in the VU Gallery on fifth floor. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Three winners from the participants will be announced and awarded during the closing reception on Tuesday, May 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.