Kellogg Community College recognized two dozen student artists with awards last week during a virtual reception honoring outstanding work exhibited as part of the College’s Annual Student Art Exhibition.
The exhibit, featuring 97 works from nearly four dozen student artists, was displayed at the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in KCC’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center through April 30 and can be viewed online at rosep9.wixsite.com/kccstudentartexhibit.
Every spring, KCC Art, Photography and Multimedia and Graphic Design program students from the current academic year are invited to submit up to four entries for consideration for Student Art Exhibition awards. A faculty committee reviews and organizes all submissions and the bulk of the work is juried independently by an art professional chosen from outside of the College. The juror (or jurors) selects the major media category awards and honorable mentions, with cash prizes made possible through a generous donation made to the KCC Foundation by artist Kimiko Petersen and her husband Sherman Petersen.
Awards listed below include these Kimiko Petersen Fine Art Awards – including Best of Show ($250), Best of Media ($100) and Honorable Mention awards ($50 each) distributed across categories at the juror’s discretion – as well as Arts and Communication Departmental Awards, Mosaic Entry Recognition Awards and scholarships.
Kimiko Petersen Fine Art Award winners this year were selected by jurors Tim Norris and Patricia Opel, longtime Michigan artists and educators who have exhibited widely throughout the state and nationally since the 1980s. Their work has appeared recently at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City; the Alden B. Dow Museum in Midland; and the Muskegon Museum of Art. They taught studio and art history courses at Muskegon Community College from 1996 to 2020 and currently own and operate Kook’s Eye Gallery in Pentwater.
In their juror’s statement for the exhibition, Norris and Opel said they relied on their 40 years of experience as artists and teachers and their knowledge of art history to make their selections.
“Our selections of the award winners represent what we consider to be the most skillful matches of form to content among the submissions,” the jurors said. “These pieces display exceptional techniques and powerful compositions that convey intriguing messages. Congratulations to all the artists. It has been a challenging year for all of us and we wish you the best in your artistic pursuits.”
KIMIKO PETERSEN FINE ART AWARDS
$1,400 total awards, selected by juror
Best of Show
- Jasmine McMaster, of Leonidas, “Luminous,” a black and white photo (pictured above)
2D Fine Art
- Best of 2D Fine Art: Lauren Garrison, of Battle Creek, “Highland Cow,” a drawing
- Honorable Mention Drawing & Printmaking: Lacey Briggs, of Bellevue, “Laughing Hyena,” a drawing
- Honorable Mention Drawing & Printmaking: Rachelle Hawks, of Union City, “10,000 Marks,” a drawing
- Honorable Mention Drawing & Printmaking: Nathan Rodriguez, of Richland, “Loving Chaos,” a drawing
- Honorable Mention Drawing & Printmaking: Jaislyn Williams, of Jackson, “Self Portrait,” a drawing
- Honorable Mention Painting: Jacqueline Ferris, of Battle Creek, “Joy of Asemic,” a painting
- Honorable Mention 2D Mixed Media: Teaira Gray, of Battle Creek, “Price Per Gallon,” mixed media
- Best of Photography: Danielle Tubbs, of Battle Creek, “Texture,” a digital photo
- Honorable Mention Black and White Photography: Cholé Harris, of Battle Creek, “M-89,” a black and white photo
- Honorable Mention Black and White Photography: Kristen Lehman, of Bronson, “Underwater,” a black and white photo
- Honorable Mention Black and White Photography: Juan Carlos Sanchez, of Battle Creek, “Then and Now,” a black and white photo
- Honorable Mention Digital Photography: Babette Burleigh, of Otsego, “Tahquamenon,” a digital photo
- Honorable Mention Digital Photography: Faith Gordon, of Springfield, “Chipping Paint,” a digital photo
- Honorable Mention Digital Photography: Devin Mohr, of Martin, “Between Silos,” a digital photo
- Honorable Mention Digital Composite: Britney Stone, of Battle Creek, “Through a Jar,” a digital composite photo
- Honorable Mention Digital Composite: Jacob Taylor, of Coldwater, “Unknown Tomb,” a digital composite photo
- Best of Digital Design: Rachel Williams, of Battle Creek, “Hermit Thrush Cover – Poetry Book,” graphic design
- Honorable Mention Graphic Design: Christy Prater, of Fulton, “Brewhouse Knits Logo and Tags,” graphic design
Time-Based Digital Media
- Best of Time-Based Digital Media: Christy Prater, of Fulton, “Not So Ordinary Day 2020,” a video
During the virtual reception, the Arts and Communication Department also recognized students in the area for other departmental awards and scholarships.
KCC ARTS AND COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS
- Arts and Communication Outstanding Achievement in Photography & Multimedia: Cholé Harris, of Battle Creek
- Arts and Communication Outstanding Achievement in Art: Ellie Aldrich, of Marshall
- Excellence in Art – Binda Award: Juan Carlos Sanchez, of Battle Creek
- Outstanding Graphic Design Graduate Award: Lexi Davis, of Springfield
MOSAIC LITERARY MAGAZINE ENTRY RECOGNITION AWARDS
- Cover Art: Lacey Briggs, of Bellevue
- Interior Art: Jaislyn Williams, of Jackson
- Battle Creek Society of Artists Scholarship: Tracy Sajtar, of Battle Creek
- Bryan R. Thomas Memorial Scholarship: Brittney Sammons, of Tekonsha
- Graphic Design Scholarship: Steve Jollineau, of Battle Creek
For more information about KCC’s Annual Student Art Exhibition, contact KCC Photography and Multimedia Program Coordinator and Gallery Director Ryan Flathau at 269-565-7880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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