Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit

All year, art students have been diligently working with one thought haunting them: the 37th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit. Students submit their best artwork in hopes of, first, being included in the exhibit and, second, winning in their artwork’s category. This exhibit will be on display until May 13.

The juror for this year was Will Carpenter, a professor from Indiana Wesleyan University. He earned his MFA while studying painting under Walter Darby Bannard at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Of the 51 pieces on display, Yoshiya Murakawa’s oil painting “A Grasp” was deemed Best of Exhibit. The painting is of his wife. Murakawa also won first place in the Graphic Arts category with his piece “Characters.” From a distance, it looks like a self-portrait, but upon closer inspection proves to be a collection of smaller photographs of the artist in various costumes. Rachel Edwards won second place in Graphic Arts for her aptly titled “Mi Lengua,” which is a print of her tongue.

In the Drawing category, Kathryn E. Stoll placed first with her intricate and vibrant circus scene, “With Laughter such As Shakes the Stars.” This drawing was also featured in her senior exhibit. Drew Rochotte placed second with his “Interior.” The drawing is conté crayon on cardboard. Says Rochotte, “I love the texture and dimension that the cardboard gives to the drawing. I hope to do more like it soon.”

David McCall took first in Painting with his watercolor “Portrait of Benson Clark.” What makes the painting unique is its deep color; usually, watercolors are lighter.  McCall says, “I wanted to somehow capture who [Benson Clark] is and what he is about in the portrait… show his creativity and the struggles he deals with in writing.”

Second place went to Katherin Yeargin. Her oil painting “India” was done entirely with a palette knife. The source photo is of the Taj Mahal, snapped during the GoGrace trip to India. “The colors are what caught my eye along with the muted light.”

McCall also took first in the Open category with his wood sculpture “Untitled.”  McCall’s purpose in this piece was to create “something that can’t be viewed in a glance and walked by.” There is something new to be seen from every angle.

Second was Jaime DeWeerd’s vase “Draped in Whimsy.” The cornflower blue vase is draped with thin ropes of clay, giving the piece a sense of movement and interest.

Every work exhibited is a fine specimen of its respective category. This is one gallery show you do not want to miss.

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