PROVO -- Art students at BYU will have a chance to showcase their work during a downtown Art Walk.

The Art Walk will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. on Center Street in Provo between 500 West and University Avenue but BYU professor Tatiana Svrckova said residents shouldn't expect typical paintings and drawings.

"This is not a traditional type of art, it is not sculpture or painting. Some of them will be using material that is found in the street, like trash or rocks," Svrckova said. "They are making specific artwork by responding to what was already in the streets."

Svrckova said students in her drawing and new genre art class will be participating in the art walk. She said she started the walk last semester as a way for the public to be exposed to contemporary art.

"It is something they can stumble upon, they can ask students about what they are doing because they haven't seen these things. It helps the people understand contemporary art and students have the ability to teach people what they are doing," she said. "Some of the pieces might be interactive, where they have to walk through and experience it. It is a lot more interesting than walking through a gallery and looking at pictures. It is a journey walking through the streets looking at these things that are out of the ordinary."

Twenty-eight art students will be setting up displays on the sidewalks in the downtown area of Provo; the majority of them are from Svrckova's new genre class and will be presenting non-traditional pieces.

Eve Denzer, a senior in studio art at BYU, said that the theme for their projects was the street and that they were tasked with creating works of art that were inspired by the street. Denzer said her project is based on her love of collecting rocks.

"By taking a non-important object and making it beautiful, we can bring attention to things people wouldn't notice on the street," Denzer said. She said the goal is to get people to recognize that art can come from anywhere.

Denzer said she likes the idea of the art walk because it brings art to more people.

"I am an art major so I notice art everywhere, but I really like this because it is involves the community and people who don't normally experience art," Denzer said. "It is important to bring art to the people so they can find joy in art and find that they can experience joy in art even if they aren't trained."

Another group of students from Svrckova's drawing class will present drawings they have been working on during the art walk. Denzer said she hopes the community will get involved and interact with the art.

"I just really hope people stop and talk to the artists," she said. "We will be there the majority of the night and we want people to stop and ask questions and become curious and get involved."

The monthly Downtown Provo Art Stroll will be going on at the same time.

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