KCC Student Art Exhibit Awards Reception is April 27

Previous Student Art Show entries, clockwise from the left, Emily Cameron’s “Human Nature,” an entry from Brian Noell, and Kathryn Barnes’ “Nested Eggs.”

Kellogg Community College will honor student artists this Sunday with an Awards Reception recognizing the winners of the College’s Annual Student Art Exhibition.

The Awards Reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the auditorium of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center on the College’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

Seventy-nine students entered 134 pieces of art across 10 media categories into the exhibit competition earlier this month. The exhibit is on display in the Davidson Center’s Eleanor R. & Robert A. DeVries Gallery for viewing during gallery hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 2.

Holly Stephenson, an artist and art instructor who exhibited at KCC earlier this semester, juried the show. In her Juror Statement, Stephenson said she was looking for two particular elements in award-winning pieces: first, that the piece is “memorable and compelling in its uniqueness and message,” and second, that the piece is technically strong.

“The overall strength and quality of the submitted work, from beginners to near professionals, attests to the creative vision of the artists, their hard work and also to the dedication of the Kellogg art instructors who encourage and arm students with the specific skills needed to make art production in whatever medium a personally compelling experience,” Stephenson said.

KCC’s Annual Student Art Exhibition showcases the works of current KCC visual arts students across categories including ceramics, drawing, painting, 2D mixed media, sculpture and 3D mixed media, black and white photography, digital media, printmaking/alternative photography print processes, graphic design and animation/video.

Honors to be awarded in each category during the Awards Reception will include Best of Media ($75 each) and Honorable Mention ($25 each) awards in addition to a single Best of Show award ($250) and two Instructor Recognition Awards ($50 each), as well as several Art League awards and door prizes.

Pictured above are images of past award-winning entries, including, clockwise from the left, Emily Cameron’s “Human Nature,” an entry from Brian Noell, and Kathryn Barnes’ “Nested Eggs.”

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