KCC announces 2018 Student Art Exhibition award winners

KCC's 2018 Student Art Exhibit, on display in the gallery in the Davidson Center.

Kellogg Community College recognized two dozen student artists at the College’s Annual Student Art Exhibition awards ceremony April 22.

The exhibition, a juried contest featuring more than $1,400 in award money – including a $250 Best in Show award – allows students to enter artwork across five categories.

Shaquira Cage and her photograph, “Life,” won Best in Show.

“When I first saw Shaquira Cage’s large-scale photographic image, ‘Life,’ it took my breath away,” KCC Photography and Multimedia Program Coordinator and Gallery Director Ryan Flathau said in his critical review of the work.

This year’s juror for the contest was watercolor artist Janice Garrett, a former KCC student who went on to graduate from Western Michigan University with a degree in art education before earning a master’s degree in studio art from Eastern Michigan University. She taught art for 19 years in the Kalamazoo Public Schools system.

Annual Student Art Exhibition works will be on display through May 2 in the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing during regular gallery hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Here’s the full list of KCC’s 2018 Annual Student Art Exhibition award winners, listed by category and medium within each category:


Best of Show Award
  • Shaquira Cage, of Albion, “Life”
2D Fine Art
  • Best of 2D Fine Art: Samantha Davies, of Battle Creek, “A Study in Warmth”
  • Honorable Mention, 2D Mixed-Media: Valeria Guerrero, of Battle Creek, “Tinted Primaries”
  • Honorable Mention, Drawing & Printmaking: Mara Allan, of Battle Creek, “Untitled #2”
  • Honorable Mention, Drawing & Printmaking: Elijah Holliday, of Allen, “Freedom of Thought”
  • Honorable Mention, Drawing & Printmaking: Cameron Kohn, of Battle Creek, “Disdain”
  • Honorable Mention, Painting: Samantha Davies, of Battle Creek, “Monochromatic Study”
3D Fine Art
  • Best of 3D Fine Art: Joy Garno, of Dowling, “Coil Vase”
  • Honorable Mention, Ceramics: Myles Minier, of Athens, “Kitsune 5000”
  • Honorable Mention, Sculpture and 3D Mixed-Media: Marissa Babineau, of Battle Creek, “Untitled # 1”
Digital Design
  • Best of Digital Design: Cora Westlake, of Battle Creek, “Gig Poster”
  • Honorable Mention, Digital Illustration: Megan Frentz, of Battle Creek, “Untitled”
  • Honorable Mention, Graphic Design: Matthew Headley, of Battle Creek, “Stem Student Council”
  • Best of Photography: Bailey Scott, of Battle Creek, “Jasmine G”
  • Honorable Mention, Black and White Photography: Jennifer Lipps, of Battle Creek, “Truck”
  • Honorable Mention, Black and White Photography: Hannah Murray, of Battle Creek, “Chrome”
  • Honorable Mention, Digital Photography: Catherine Hager, of Battle Creek, “Serenity”
Time-Based Digital Media
  • Best of Time-Based Digital Media: Sara Parks, of Marshall, “Hello There”
  • Honorable Mention, Animation: Matthew Headley, of Battle Creek,“Office Life”
  • Honorable Mention, Video: Kaelin Burrows, of Marshall, “Patron Saint Hunter”
Instructor Recognition Award
  • Meagan Wildt, of Homer, “Bridge of Life”


Art League Award of Excellence
  • Anthony Allred, of Battle Creek
Departmental Awards
  • Arts and Communication Outstanding Achievement in Art: Caroline N. O’Dell, of Battle Creek
  • Arts and Communication Outstanding Achievement in Photography and Multimedia: Sarah Vorva, of Battle Creek
  • Excellence in Art – Binda Award: Jennifer Lipps, of Battle Creek
  • Outstanding Graphic Design Graduate Award: Cora Westlake, of Battle Creek
Mosaic Entry Recognition Awards
  • Sara Parks, of Marshall (cover art)
  • Cheryl Lindhurst, of Plainwell (inside art)
  • Battle Creek Society of Artists Scholarship: Mara Allan, of Battle Creek
  • Bryan R. Thomas Memorial Scholarship: Shaquira Cage, of Albion
  • Graphic Design Scholarship: Katarina Joy Hart, of Battle Creek

For more information, contact KCC Photography and Multimedia Program Coordinator and Gallery Director Ryan Flathau at flathaur@kellogg.edu.

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