What is JAS?
The Juried Art Show (JAS, pronounced "jazz") is an annual exhibition of artwork from the undergraduate students of the University of Guelph's Studio Art program. Run annually since 1968, JAS is entirely student-run, and is one of the oldest art shows of its kind in Canada. It is a long-cherished tradition of the University, a capstone of community celebration for the school's emerging artists, and platform for professional development.
JAS takes place on campus every year, coinciding with the College Royal public open house. Members of the Guelph community and the public at large are welcome to the exhibition, which traditionally fills the walls of Zavitz Hall, the school's former Animal Husbandry Building, and the Alexander Hall drawing studio (room 185).
On Friday, the day after students install their works, three professional jurors spend the day evaluating each of the artworks. After much discussion & deliberation, the jurors select the Top Ten works, as well as ten Honourable Mentions. Faculty and staff select department-based awards for participating students who have excelled throughout their studies. As well, Wyndham Arts generously selects & awards three prizes. Other prizes are handed out by the Specialized Studio class and the JAS coordinators. Each of the awards are handed out in the evening at the JAS Awards Ceremony.