The Central Texas College (CTC) Fine Arts department announced the winners of its spring 2017 Student Art Show competition today. The show consists of 114 art pieces created by students in visual arts classes during the fall 2016 and current spring semesters. Student art work includes paintings, drawings, digital media, photography, ceramics, jewelry/art metals, mixed media, assemblage and sculpture. Each student could enter up to three pieces for consideration in the exhibit.
Awards were presented in the categories of Best in Show, Juror’s Choice and Honorable Mention. Earning Best of Show honors and $200 was Theresa Opalewski for her pen and ink drawing entitled “Rapture.” Juror’s Choice winners were Berry Rodriguez for her sterling silver necklace entitled “Hollow;” Christine Smith for her charcoal drawing “Lucy;” and Sara Wiley, who won for a charcoal drawing she calls “Poppy.” Each artist received $100.
Honorable mention certificates were presented to Lynda Edwards for an oil painting entitled “Friends;” Linda Knicely for a ceramic installation “Village;” Smith for her “Contortion” charcoal drawing; and De’Ja Higgins for a pen and ink drawing called “Monochrome Sexta.”
Juror for this year’s Student Art Show was Ted Barnes, dean of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. An active artist and designer, Barnes has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. For the past 26 years he has been a teacher and administrator at Louisiana College, Georgetown College and Ouachita Baptist University where he served as professor of Visual Art and directed the school’s graphic design program. In 1994, Barnes was a visiting scholar in art at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University in England. “I really enjoyed the diversity of works and could recognize works from both beginning students and seasoned veterans,” Barnes said. “I made the choice to disperse awards based on those two types of students but focused more on the beginning students.”
The CTC Student Art Show is an annual event under the direction of Chad Hines, CTC art professor, who also coordinates the various art exhibits hosted by CTC each semester. “The goal of the Student Art Show is to encourage and challenge the student artists and also provide an opportunity for the appreciation of the creative efforts of these artists,” said Hines. “The variety of mediums and entries are indicative of the talent, skill and creativity of our students.”
The CTC Student Art Show will be on display in the Fine Arts building (Bldg. 112) through May 4. It is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.