The 2017 LLCC Juried Student Art Show winners were announced at the exhibit opening last night. Sixty-four art students submitted a total of 164 entries for consideration, representing 13 of LLCC’s studio classes.
Kevin Veara, MFA, painter and owner of Black Moon Tattoos, served as juror for the show. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sangamon State University and his Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His paintings of bird and plant life have been exhibited nationwide and support even another identity for Veara as an environmental activist.
Juror Veara selected 101 art entries out of the 164, as well as the winners in the studio art categories. This year’s show also showcases several works from LLCC’s digital applications program.
Student art winners in the following award categories include:
Ceramics: Keirin Martel, Chatham – “Algal Bloom”, stoneware, Ceramics
Design Graphics: Binh Nguyen, Springfield – “Metamorphosis”, digital media, Intro to Graphic Design
Drawing: Arthur Silver, Springfield – “Nude with Bun”, Conté crayon, Life Drawing
Painting: Suzanne Traylor, Springfield – “Pilgrimage”, oil on canvas, Painting II
Printmaking: Binh Nguyen, Springfield – “Nymph”, serigraphy, Silkscreen Graphics
3-D Design: Katie Baer, Springfield – “Creatures in Miniature”, mixed media, 3-D Design
Photography: Summer Spain, Springfield – “Bloody Christmas”, giclée print, Digital Photography
Best in Show: Diane Wilson, Auburn – “Ryan’s Hands of Inner Strength”, oil on canvas, Painting II
Art History: Alicia Windisch, Springfield
Alexis Wernsing Pinnacle Award: Miles Guffy, Chatham – The Pinnacle Award was created in 2016 to honor the memory of LLCC alumna, Alexis Wernsing, who graduated from LLCC in 2011. The Pinnacle Award, chosen by the LLCC full-time art faculty, goes to the student who strives for the best in all their academic endeavors without complaint and no matter what the context.
The student art exhibit is open for viewing through May 4.