By Jesus Figueroa and Ivan Cazares
While the Vincent Price Art Museum opened the 2014 Student Juried Art Exhibit last Tuesday, “ELAC’s Salon des Refusés: Guerilla Art” displayed some of its art behind the P2 building.
The artists displaying their art were part of a club on campus called the Creative Revolutionary Association of Students in Solidarity.
Arrows and the words “Salon de Refuses” were drawn on the pavement with chalk, leading the way to where the artwork was set up.
The art displayed did not make it to the VPAM’s 2014 Student Juried Exhibit which is why the students chose to display it on their own.
The Student Juried Art Exhibit received about 250 artworks submissions of which 52 were chosen to be displayed in the gallery.
While the VPAM was drawing a fairly large crowd, only small groups of three or four people stopped by the “Salon de Refuses.”
The people that did stop by were attracted by the members drawing on the wall behind the P2 building.
That drawing also caught the attention of Professor Linda Kallan.
Kallen disapproved of the drawing and said that while it wasn’t graffiti, they were defacing school property. She reported the drawing and ten minutes later Officer Gonzalez and Officer Fournier arrived on the scene.
“It doesn’t bother us, but when someone reports something like this, it’s our job to address it,” Officer Gonzalez said.
No arrests were made. Officer Gonzales explained to members of “Salon des Refusés” that they would have to wash off the drawings or they would be held responsible. The only place students are allowed to display their art is in the school’s designated free speech area.
“It makes me angry. They’re not allowing us to express ourselves,” C.R.A.S.S. member Tanya Flores said.
“The Salon de Refusés” was allowed to continue and, as the exhibit inside the VPAM drew to a close, more people stopped by to show support.
Former Elan Manuel Lopez praised Flores and the other two members, Jimmy Saldivar and Kristen Huizar, on their initiative to display their artwork.
Lopez transferred to The Chicago Art Institute from ELAC and encouraged the C.R.A.S.S. members to keep displaying their art.
“Salon de Refuses” translates to “salon of the refused” in English.
In 1863, an art exhibit by that name was held by order of Napoleon III. The exhibit displayed art that did not make it to the official salon.