KCC’s Annual Student Art Exhibition on display through April 30 on campus in Battle Creek

An art exhibit hangs in the campus gallery.

Kellogg Community College is exhibiting 116 works of art created by 47 students as part of the College’s Annual Student Art Exhibition this month on campus in Battle Creek.

The exhibit opened April 10 and will run through April 30 in the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in KCC’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave., and can also be viewed online at rosep9.wixsite.com/kccstudentartexhibit. It’s free and open to the public during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

An awards ceremony highlighting select artists and works from the exhibit was held Friday, April 19, at the Davidson Center to recognize student artists. The awards are also listed on the website. Best of Show went to Gage Mingus for his black and white photograph titled “Masked.”

Every spring, KCC Art, Photography and Multimedia and Graphic Design students from the current academic year are invited to submit up to four entries for consideration for Student Art Exhibition awards. Media categories include:

  • 2D Fine Art (drawing, painting, printmaking and 2D mixed media)
  • 3D Fine Art (ceramics, sculpture, and 3D mixed media)
  • Digital Design (digital illustration and graphic design)
  • Photography (alternative print processes, black and white, digital, and digital composite)
  • Time-Based Digital Media (animation and video)

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 selects the major media category awards and honorable mentions, with cash prizes made possible through a generous donation made in the past to the KCC Foundation by artist Kimiko Petersen and her husband Sherman Petersen.

This year’s juror was artist Michael Dixon.

About the Juror

Michael Dixon is an oil painter born in San Diego, California. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in painting and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University in painting and drawing.

Dixon is currently a full Professor of Art at Albion College. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant, Puffin Foundation Grant, Blanchard Fellowship and Phi Beta Kappa Scholar of the Year Award.

Dixon has received numerous artist residencies including the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Joan Mitchell Center. His works can be found in the personal collections of artists Nick Cave and Beverly McIver, and in the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African Art.

Dixon has shown nationally and internationally at museums, universities, art centers, alternative spaces and galleries. His imagery explores the personal, societal and aesthetic struggles of belonging to both “white” and “black” racial and cultural identities, yet simultaneously belonging fully to neither. The works of artists such as Robert Colescott, Beverly McIver, Michael Ray Charles, Glenn Ligon and Kerry James Marshall have informed his work.

For More Information

For more information about KCC’s Annual Student Art Exhibition, contact KCC Graphic Design professor and Art Exhibits Director Penny Rose at 269-565-7961 or rosep@kellogg.edu.