Students at the Royal University of Fine Arts are cleaning, sweeping, painting and otherwise transforming their usual classroom space into an exhibition hall for an art show slated to open Friday.
The exhibition will include 13 different forms of art, from paintings, sculpture, ceramics and architectural models to works in textiles and palm leaves. It will be held in the southwest corner of the university’s southern campus, which is located on the western end of the National Museum compound.
The public is invited to a reception from 5:30 to 8 pm today to kick off the show, which will run daily from 8 am to 8 pm through the end of the month.
“We hope many, many people will come,” said Keo Neath Mony, a student in the School of Plastic Arts and a member of the 50-student committee preparing the show.
Fellow student Nhean Chan Veasna said about 100 works will be displayed, and virtually all will be for sale. Students will receive 85 percent of the sale price, the school will get 10 percent, and the final 5 percent will go to the Cambodian Red Cross, she said.
To find the exhibition, look for a banner and posters at the school’s southwest gate on Street 184, just east of the intersection with Street 19. The exhibition building is the first structure on the right inside the compound.
Paintings to be exhibited cover a wide range of styles and subject matter, from traditional depictions of Cambodian cultural icons to moody renditions of folkloric scenes.
Exhibitions of student art were also held last year and again during the most recent Khmer New Year, Nhean Chan Veasna said.
The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the Municipality of Phnom Penh, the Reyum Gallery and 3D Graphics Publishing. For more information, call 012-837-505.
(Additional reporting by Ana Nov)