Photos: Kirstie Rhodes, Best of Show; Ashton Brown with Mike Jones and Jennifer Parks; Fernando Hernandez with Eagle
One of the most anticipated events each year in Hardin-Simmons University’s College of Fine Arts is the Student Art Contest. Sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and graphic design created during the academic year were submitted for the annual spring contest. During a reception at the gallery, Thursday, April 4, 2013, the long awaited results were unveiled.
Jennifer Parks, gallery curator for the Abilene Center for Contemporary Arts, juried the exhibition, telling students at the reception that judging their works had not been an easy task.
Names of art pieces ranged from the curious, Fruit Face and Mayan Tooth, to the understated, Untitled, which took Best of Show.
Untitled, by Kirstie Rhodes, a senior graphic design major from Artesia, New Mexico, is a self-portrait photograph of water gushing over the artist’s head. Kirstie says she took the photograph while standing in a shower. Rhodes is frequently seen with camera in hand around campus as a work-study photographer in the Marketing and Communications Office.
Winning pieces in the Freshman Category, which includes an assortment of mediums, went to Loves Me, Loves Me Not, by Tabitha Van der Stoep; Fruit Face, by Sarah Garner, 2nd Place; and Art Styles, by Dillon Foster, 3rd Place.
Professor of art and department head, Mike Jones, told reception guests that students don’t have to be classified as freshmen to enter the freshman category, but rather enrolled in a freshman-level art class.
In the Three Dimensional category, Mayan Tooth reaped a 1st Place, by Tymon Aguilar; 2nd Place went to Eagle, by Fernando Hernandez; 3rd Place to Twiga, by Rachael Allen.
Artistic works in the Two Dimensional category; earning a 1st Place, Anxiety Reflux, by Zayne LeMeilleur; Derrida, 2nd Place, by Becca Rhodes; and Still Life, 3rd Place, by Alexandra Jenkins.
In the Photography Division, Self-Portrait, by Beth Cheatham, took 1st Place; Critique, by Charles Lambert, 2nd Place; and Past, by Tymon Aguilar, 3rd Place.
Ashton Brown’s The Search, and Vector Logo Designs, took a 1st Place and a 2nd Place respectively in the Graphic Design category; and Just Say No, by Fernando Hernandez, took 3rd Place.
Prizes including cash awards from $25 to $100.
Artwork will remain on display in the Ira M. Taylor Memorial Art Gallery in the Frost Center for the Visual Arts until April 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.