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Pictured: Forgiveness, Cici Waugh, 2023, gouache paint, 20 x 22”, SUNY Potsdam. Waugh is one of 27 local student artists included in the 2024 College Student Juried Art Exhibit opening on March 1 at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg.


College Student Juried Art Exhibit Opening at Remington Museum

OGDENSBURG, NY - The Frederic Remington Art Museum’s 2024 College Student Juried Art Exhibition will open on Friday, March 1. The exhibit will be on view in the Museum’s Richard E. Winter Gallery and Torrey Family Gallery and online here through Saturday, March 30, 2024.

The public is invited to a special virtual opening reception on Friday, March 1 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm via Zoom. The reception offers an opportunity to view the entire group of artworks in the show, to talk with the artists and the juror, and to hear which works were selected for Juror’s Merit Awards. If you would like to attend the virtual reception, please email Museum Curator & Educator Laura Desmond at for a digital invitation. Everyone is welcome!

The 2024 College Student Juried Art Exhibit will feature work by students from three area colleges and universities: St. Lawrence University, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY Potsdam. For this year’s exhibition, juror Diane Leifheit (Paul Smiths, NY) selected 46 works by 27 artists to be in the show, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, digital, and mixed media works. Leifheit selected several works for special recognition with a Juror’s Merit Award, which will be announced at the opening reception.

Leifheit remarked, “I am humbled by the process. Having been on the receiving end of a jury I am seeing first hand how precarious the process is. I looked at 10 qualifiers for each piece and scored them, to get to the point where the amount that could be accommodated by the space meant many pieces of quality would not be included.

I have always said that the process is arbitrary and in part, depended on whether the juror had their Wheaties that morning or had gotten in a walk with their dog. That the next day a juror could pick a completely different show. I have not changed my mind on that.

I encourage everyone who entered to continue in their endeavors in their explorations of art. Making art, recording our world with creative output, is a satisfying and frustrating calling. Keep at it.”

Juror Diane Leifheit is an Adirondack pastel artist who works primarily en plein air. Her work has been recognized recently by the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada, Cape Cod Society of Pastel Painters, Parrsboro International Plein Air, and the Frederic Remington Art Museum. This past summer of 2023, she was artist-in-residence at Art Lab, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. Born in Rockville Center, NY in 1951, Leifeit graduated with honors from Pratt and has resided in Paul Smiths, New York since 1980.

Capturing landscape in pastel is a form of recording history. Leifheit feels the work being created in the time of global warming is playing witness to the changes occurring in our lifetime. Her intention since the early 2000s has been to see the beauty that is now. Her work stands witness to the transitions in the environment.

Many of the student works on display in the Remington exhibit will be for sale. One third of the proceeds benefits the Frederic Remington Art Museum, and two thirds go to the artists. In addition to the on-site exhibition, the exhibit will be online at and artworks may be purchased through the Museum’s online shop.

The student artists in the exhibition are: Eryka Adsitt, Brianna Bachinski, Nikki Batroff, Noah Bonesteel, McKenna Brazie, Zoe Brothers, Kate Burrowes, Abigail Duquette, Natani Earle, Alexander Finkey, Katherine Gallipo, Emily Giorgi, Kendall Jones, Ayisha Khalid, Ileana Knight, Clarissa Kurtaliaj, Kayla LaPier, Brian Larose, Grace Nelson, Hannah Porath, Trinh Quang, Enith Alejandra Altamirano Salazar, Roarinbrook Smith, Lola Thompson, Madelyn E. Thompson, Cici Waugh, and Caroline Whitaker. 

The next opportunity for artists to enter a juried exhibit at the Museum is in the spring, for the 2024 Members’ Juried Art Exhibit. That exhibit is open to any member of the Museum; an artist who is not yet a Museum member may join when they enter their submissions.