KCC announces 2024 Student Art Exhibition award winners

An art exhibit hangs in the campus gallery.

Kellogg Community College recognized student artists with awards this spring during a reception honoring outstanding work exhibited as part of the College’s Annual Student Art Exhibition.

The exhibit, featuring 116 works from 47 student artists, was on display at the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in KCC’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center through April and can be viewed online at rosep9.wixsite.com/kccstudentartexhibit. Award winners were announced during an awards ceremony April 19 at the center.

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 one Best of Show ($250), five Best of Media ($100) and 12 Honorable Mention awards ($50 each) distributed across categories at the juror’s discretion – as well as additional miscellaneous arts awards.

Kimiko Petersen Fine Art Award winners this year were selected by juror artist Michael Dixon, an award-winning painter and art professor at Albion College.


$1,350 total awards, selected by juror

Best of Show

  • Gage Mingus, of Battle Creek, “Masked”

2D Fine Art

  • Best of 2D Fine Art: Santana Martinez Garcia, of Battle Creek, “Moonlit”
  • Honorable Mention Drawing: Lydia Holbrook, of Marshall, “Calm Within”
  • Honorable Mention Painting: Haillie Gregory, of Battle Creek, “Rhythm of Summer”

3D Fine Art

  • Best of 3D Fine Art: Aryn Squires, of Battle Creek, “Turtle”
  • Honorable Mention Ceramics: Hope Garno, of Dowling, “Cloud Watering”


  • Best of Photography: Kim Fuller, of Battle Creek, “Mackinac Bridge at Twilight”
  • Honorable Mention Black and White Photography: Samantha O’Meara, of Delton, “Light and Shadow”
  • Honorable Mention Black and White Photography: Rachael Mueller, of Bellevue, “Smokey Autumn”
  • Honorable Mention Digital Photography: Harlee Madalyn, of Battle Creek, “The Pond”
  • Honorable Mention Digital Photography: Nevaeh Wood, of Colon, “The Euphonic Series: Colin”
  • Honorable Mention Digital Composite Photography: Amelia Parman, of Paw Paw, “Grape Vines”

Digital Design

  • Best of Digital Design: Elliana Ballah, of Vermontville, “Vans Poster”
  • Honorable Mention Digital Illustration: Arianna Hall, of Olivet, “Kin”
  • Honorable Mention Graphic Design: Rachelle Hawks, of Union City, “Sloth – Letter + Image”

Time-Based Digital Media

  • Best of Time-Based Digital Media: Kaylob Goins, of Marshall, “Reflection”
  • Honorable Mention Animation: Amey Elkins-Little, of Quincy, “Soup du Jour”
  • Honorable Mention Video: Hanna Nichols, of Battle Creek, “Behind My Eyes”


In addition to the above art exhibit awards, the following students were recognized during the awards ceremony with the respective awards.

  • Art League Excellence Award: Duncan Stewart, of Battle Creek, “Colony Collapse Disorder”
  • Battle Creek Society of Artists Scholarship ($500 for one semester): Kaylob Goins, of Marshall, “Untitled”
  • Bryan R. Thomas Memorial Scholarship ($1,000 for one semester): Tiffanie Wensauer, of Battle Creek, “Suicide Project”
  • Excellence in Art – Binda Award: Jeanne Bekampis, of Hastings, “Logo Design”
  • Graphic Design Scholarship ($500): Elliana Ballah, of Vermontville, “Inspiring Quote Poster”
  • Instructor Recognition: Mya Rivera, of Battle Creek, “Mind of Wonders”
  • Mosaic Entry Recognition Awards ($25 each):
    • Mosaic Cover Art Artist Recognition Award: Rachel Feldpausch, of Hastings, “Heat”
    • Mosaic Inside Art Artist Recognition Award: Emily Willard, of Ceresco, “Boardwalk”
  • Outstanding Achievement in Photography & Multimedia: Amey Elkins-Little, of Quincy, “Night Flight”
  • Outstanding Graphic Design Graduate Award: Hanna Nichols, of Battle Creek, “Brand Menu”

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

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