Two Art Department graduates had works accepted into recent national, juried exhibitions.

Jocelyn Lechuga’s “El Santo: Hero of the Mexican People” was selected for “ARTistas,” an exhibition in the Moon Gallery at Berry College in Mt. Berry, Ga. The show opened March 19 and ran through April 5.

Lechuga, who graduated from Missouri Southern State University in December 2018 with a degree in studio art, has made her Mexican heritage a focal point for her artwork. Folk stories, music and other areas of popular culture – such as masked wrestlers – are blended into her artistic exploration.

She also had three works accepted for “Latinos Unidos,” an exhibit by artists of Latino heritage at Henderson State University’s Landmark Gallery in Arkadelphia, Ark. That exhibit will run June 7 through Aug. 30.

Lydia Humphreys, also a December 2018 graduate, had two of her oil paintings featured in the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition at the Albrecht- Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Mo.

The exhibition, which ran April 13-June 2, was open to students enrolled in undergraduate programs across the nation during the 2018-19 academic year.

“I submitted three different works, and out of those two were selected,” says Humphreys. “They’re portraits of people who are depicting a negative emotional response (due to) depression and anxiety. I wanted to bring awareness that it’s OK to have these responses and not have to hide them.”

Each of the subjects were captured on video while sharing their story, and a single frame was taken from the recording. The color purple is featured to represent the emotional scars and bruises obtained through their lives.