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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Drawing a perfect circle will be the goal for some UF artists Friday night.

The College of Fine Art's advanced drawing class will compete in the first UF Freehand Circle-Drawing Throwdown, the newest addition to this year's Art Bash.

Art Bash is an annual event put on by the College of Fine Art's School of Art and Art History. It is a way to show the community what the students do in a typical semester, said Lauren Garber Lake, the assistant professor coordinating the Bash.

The free event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the College of Fine Arts complex.

Rooms throughout the college will feature art from students of all concentrations, including graphic design, ceramics, photography, painting and drawing. Some of the art will be unfinished to show the process, Lake said.

Nearby, inflatable sculptures, some up to 30 feet tall, made by art students will hover over the courtyard while art history students become a "living painting."

Called a "tableau vivant," students in the Art History Association plan to dress and pose as the Roman mythological characters from the painting "La Primavera" by Botticelli.

Patrons will also have a chance to create art.

Using a "letterpress technique," Doug Barrett, a visiting professor in graphic design, will help people make bookmarks. The oldest form of printing, letterpress is the application of ink to a piece of wood or metal with a symbol on it and then pressing it onto paper.

Last year, more than 450 people attended.

This is the second Art Bash for UF sophomore Alexis Adler, who said she likes that she can see art up close in a relaxed setting.

"Some people feel like they are intimidated when they are in a gallery," she said, "but this way, people can get a hands-on experience with art and interact with the artists."

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