The winners of the 2006-2007 Student Art Competition, hosted by Santa Fe Community College and coordinated by Valerie Aslakson-Jennings, were recently announced. The First Place Best of Show was awarded to Jason Adam Schroeder, Delta College, for an acrylic on canvas titled Velocitation. This year’s Juror’s Purchase award was presented to Erica Bello, Monroe Community College, for a mixed media piece titled The Dead Bird Series.
The Second Place award was won by Tamen Eidam, San Diego Community College District, for a ceramic piece titled Transition; and the Third Place awards were presented to Tim Skornia and Torre Lewis, St. Louis Community College at Meramec, for their Steel piece titled Linearacity; Rafala Green, Cuyahoga Community College, for a ceramic piece titled She is…;andDarrek Benish, Kirkwood Community College, for a glass piece titled Morning Mist.
Honorable Mentions were given to 10 student artists, including XinXin Liu, Cuyahoga Community College, for an oil painting titled My First Life Model; Khojasteh Rezaee, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, for a ceramic untitled vase; Morgan Maines, Seattle Central Community College, for an oil painting titled Harmony; Anas Chehab, Santa Fe Community College, for a solder wire piece titled The Dome; Kiel Darling, Delta College, for a done in Conte pencils titled Self Portrait; Shalee Bontrager, Kirkwood Community College, for an Ilfochrome print titled Night Harvest;Rebecca Coleman, Monroe Community College, for a mixed media piece titled Mom & Dad;Yu Ting Hsian, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, for an oil painting titled Serious Artist; Gabriel Ryerson, Sinclair Community College, for an untitled oil painting; and Grace Peterson, Johnson County Community College, for an untitled sterling silver and polymer piece.
Under the leadership of Santa Fe Community College, the competition included more than 90 works of art from League colleges. A catalog of all entries is currently being produced by Santa Fe Community College and will be mailed to all League members this fall.
Due to the passing of this year’s first Juror, Kenneth A. Kerslake, a friend and colleague of professor Kerslake, Marcia Isaacson, stepped in as juror for this year’s competition. Isaacson is Associate Dean and Director of the School of Art and Art History and Professor of Drawing at the University of Florida. Professor Isaacson received an MFA from the University of Georgia. Her work has been included in over 60 exhibitions at museums, galleries and universities across the country. She has received numerous awards, including the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship; two Artist Fellowship Grants, the MacDowell Colony Fellowship; Artist-in-Residence, University of Georgia Summer Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy. She was selected for an Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Education, Teacher of the Year, and a Teaching Improvement Program Award from the University of Florida. She has served on the selection panels for the National Endowment for the Arts; Illinois Arts Council and the Florida fine Arts Council.
The 2007-2008 competition will be hosted by San Diego Community College District and coordinated by Winston Butler.