Hotter ‘N Hell National Collegiate Art Exhibition on display

The annual Hotter ‘N Hell National Collegiate Art Exhibition is on display through September 2 in the Orville Hanchey Gallery at Northwestern State University. The Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Annex, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Exhibit Director Phyllis Lear said the juried exhibition of pyrotechnical art by collegiate artists from across the United States encompasses all art forms that use fire and heat as part of the creative process. The forms could include, for example, ceramics, glass-casting, welded sculpture, poured metals, metalsmithing, jewelry-making, photography, and more. The 2022 Hotter ‘N Hell Exhibition features 49 works of art by 25 collegiate artists from 13 states.

A closing reception for the exhibition will be hosted by the NSU Art Department in the Hanchey Gallery on September 2, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition was juried by Elizabeth Brim who is a blacksmith and teacher living in western North Carolina. She’s best known for feminine imagery in her ironwork.

A native of Columbus, Georgia, she graduated with an MFA in printmaking before studying and working with a variety of materials at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Quite unexpectedly, she fell in love with iron. With a unique juxtaposition of the feminine and the ferrous, Brim transforms the frilly dresses, fairy tales, and gender expectations of her childhood into remarkable works of social commentary.