Art show showcases talent of UF Law community

Published: April 9th, 2012

Category: Events, News, Students

Art Law Society holds its 10th Art Show

Students, faculty and other members of the UF Law community gather March 29 to enjoy pieces at the Art Law Society's annual Art Show in the Legal Information Center. (Photo by Nicole Safker)

The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Art Law Society hosted its 10th annual art show, which featured more than 40 pieces of artwork created by students and faculty members.

On opening night March 29 in the Lawton Chiles Information Center, more than 30 students and faculty members enjoyed the gallery and hors d’oeuvres with wine pairings. For those who could not attend the reception, the gallery was featured in the library from April 2 through April 6.

The submitted pieces came in various forms, including photographs, collages, paintings, drawings and jewelry. Some of the artwork even reflected law school woes, such as a piece entitled, “Keep Calm and Lawyer On,” submitted by Jennilyn Thiboult (3L).

James Ayres (3L), president of the Art Law Society, helped to collect artwork and organize the reception. Ayres provided two digital illustrations for the event that were originally created for a Canadian band’s upcoming album.

“(The art show) is a tradition,” he said. “Some people say it is their favorite event of the year.”

The show is presented by the Art Law Society as a creative outlet for the legal community. Additionally, the show provides an opportunity for students to better understand their classmates and faculty, who can showcase their often-hidden talents through artwork.

Founded in 2001, the UF Law Art Law Society generally seeks to promote interest in art law and related topics. Art law covers numerous legal issues within the art world, including ownership disputes, forgery and cultural reparation.

According to Ayres, the Art Law Society also brings together like-minded individuals in a “niche-topic,” helping members network with potential clients.

This year the society was busy raising awareness of art law by creating a website to showcase art around the UF Law campus. Before the end of the spring semester, the society will hold an art law movie-watching party. For more information about the Art Law Society and its events, visit https://www.facebook.com/UFArtLawSociety.