Tamika Alexander – Arts and Entertainment Editor –
Post-its are those little known creations that people use for personal reminders and small notes. People stick them everywhere so that they won’t forget to do things, call people or remind others of what they need to do. The Student Arts League uses post-it notes as a form or route of critique for their annual post-it show.
“Dr. Spencer Silver developed a unique, repositionable adhesive, but the 3M scientist didn’t know what to do with his discovery,” according to post-it.com, the brand website. ‘Then, six years later, a colleague of Dr. Silver, Art Fry, remembered the light adhesive when he was daydreaming about a bookmark that would stay put in his church hymnal.”
The invention is now the signature theme of an art exhibit organized at the university by faculty, staff and students.
“The Student Arts League does the Post-it show ever year,” said Ave Rivera, senior arts major at Southern Connecticut State University.
The Student Arts League hosts a variety of shows throughout the semester and showcase work of its students.
According to the university website, “the Student Arts League has a history of sponsoring visiting artists who inspire dialog about relevant methods and preparedness for a future in the arts.”
Just by the title of the showcase, one who has never been to the exhibit may think that it will display artwork made out of little post-it notes.
“A lot of people,” said Rivera, “think that the art will be the size of post-its or will be made out of post-its.”
The post-its are used as a way to allow viewers to write down their thoughts or comments about a piece of art and stick it on the display. Most of the comments left were positive and encouraging.
Some of the notes that the visitors of the exhibit left read words like, “These are so cute. Very talented,” and others read, “I love these so much. They’re wicked cool and have so much character.”
The art that is on display was made from a variety of products and materials and are works from current students here at SCSU.
“All mediums are accepted,” said Rivera. “It just has to be done throughout your college years. No high school work is accepted.”
To display such works of art, Rivera said it takes an ample amount of time to put together the exhibit, which ran for four days and included a reception.
“Combined, it’s a lot of work,” she said. “I would say it takes at least 24 hours to put together the show—putting the exhibit up and then putting them all away.”
Although the Post-it showcase is an annual event, Rivera said that the Student Arts League will be holding more events and showcases throughout the semester.