Guest juror gives art awards to HC students

Matt Plett earns “Best of Show” at 12th Annual Student Art Show
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2002-03-28
Huntington, Ind.—The twelfth annual Student Art Show at Huntington College is currently on display at the Robert E. Wilson Gallery in the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The show will run until April 5, 2002.

Bob Howell, Professor of Art at Louisiana College in Pineville, La., served as guest juror, choosing which pieces would be shown and judging each piece in different categories.

“Jurying this show was extremely difficult because I felt that there were very few, if any, pieces entered that were not of high enough quality to remain in the show,” said Howell. “I found that no one area of medium was dominant in quality, but that quality was high across the spectrum of media, styles of work, and in both 2-D and 3-D areas. It was a pleasure to view work of such consistent high quality.”

Receiving Best of Show was Matt Plett from Rensselaer, Ind., for his oil painting, “Get Over It.” Hannah Fairchild of Huntington, Ind., placed first overall for her ceramic, “La Couleur Del’Ocean.” “Foreshortening: Positive and Negative,” a drawing by Kristin Smurdon from Valparaiso, Ind., finished second overall, and “Fender Strat,” a wire sculpture by Josh Middleton of Kingwood, Texas, finished third overall.

Other students receiving outstanding achievement honors in various categories included:

Area Award Recipient Title of work
2-D Design Nate Vandlen (Dimondale, Mich.) “Snap Shot”

3-D Design Josh Middleton “Les Paul”

Ceramics Janna Cordes (Roann, Ind.) “Treasure of Memories”

Ceramics Johanna Hoffman (Huntington, Ind.) “Reflection of Tea”

Computer Illustration Kristin Smurdon “Before & After”

Computer Illustration Matt Plett “Headphones”

Drawing Brian Reynolds (Bourbonnais, Ill.) “Cord”

Drawing Nate Vandlen “The Storm”

Graphic Design Jennifer Gallant (Van Buren, Ohio) “Self-Portrait”

Illustration Amanda Garde (Huntington, Ind.) “A Dream Home”

Painting Amanda Garde “Protection”

Painting Nate Reed (Harrisburg, Pa.) “Soundly Unsupportive”

Photography James Hogg (Webberville, Mich.) “Blue” “Red”

Printmaking Nicole Woods (Greenville, Ohio) “Focus”

Sculpture Amy Griffin (Huntington, Ind.) “Change and Growth”

Huntington College art faculty consists of professors Rebecca Coffman, Elizabeth Frey-Davis and Ken Hopper. Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 50 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks Huntington among the best in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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