Framing Options for Student Show Artworks

The following images show popular options for getting student artworks ready for exhibition in the HCC Northwest Spring Branch Art Gallery. Because of the non-gallery standard construction of walls in this exhibition space, we do not use L-hooks to hang/install artworks. Except for canvas paintings, artworks must be framed under glass or plexiglass, either matted or unmatted. If they are small prints they will be accepted matted and cleanly wrapped in acetate. Framed images must have a proper adequate hole/niche to accept a nail, or they must have a hanging wire securely mounted and image will be hung from wire. Matted and acetate wrapped prints must have a foam-core backing with a hanging wire properly secured to it with foam core hooks. For acrylic paintings on canvas, a nicely, properly stretched canvas on a wooden frame does not need to be specially framed under glass or plexiglass. But, it must have a proper hanging wire installed on the back side. Whatever option used, student works deserve the best presentation possible. It should not be overly expensive and/or take several class periods to give an artwork a quality framing. Note, if no appropriate hanging hardware, holes, etc... are provided, the artwork will not be hung.