The winners of the 2008-2009 Student Art Competition, hosted by Seattle Community College District and coordinated by Joan Stuart Ross, were recently announced. The First Place Best of Show was awarded to LeAnn Fisher, St. Louis Community College-Meramec Campus, for an Untitled 35mm photography piece. This year's Juror's Purchase award was presented to Kristen Masters, Anne Arundel Community College, for an oil on canvas piece titled Josh.
The Second Place award was won by Austin P. Swearengin, Johnson County Community College, for a mixed media sculpture titled The Letting Go; and the Third Place awards were presented to Betty Levy, Richland College, for her oil painting titled Portrait I; Ekaterina Lyadova, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, for a photo illustration using photoshop titled Lady with an Aibo, and Tracy Cross, North Seattle Community College, for a metal (silver, nickel, brass and copper) piece titled Circle Buckle.
Honorable Mentions were given to 10 student artists, including Amanda Riccomi, Cuyahoga Community College-East Campus, for a mixed media sculpture titled Midnight Mandi; Juan Antonio Sandaval, Mountain View College, for digital photography titled My Parasol, my paramour; Ana Milosavljevic, De Anza College, for a graphic design titled Student Show Announcement; Alex Mykris, Kirkwood Community College, for a porcelain piece titled Serendipity; Jesse Ahrendsen, Kirkwood Community College, for a free-blown glass piece titled Iris Vase; Claudia Martinez, Glendale Community College, for an acrylic painting titled El Telar de las Mariposas (The Loom of the Butterflies); and Shawn Nelson, Estrella Mountain Community College, for digital photography titled Motion; Zonia Zena, Miami Dade College–Wolfson Campus, for a silver gelatin print titled Boxing Gym; Nancie Bubel, Moraine Valley Community College, for an etching and aquatint piece titled Squirrel Twins; Colleen O'Rollins, North Seattle Community College, for a relief and monotype piece titled Where to?
Under the leadership of Seattle Community College District, the competition included 90 works of art from League colleges. A catalog of all entries is currently being produced by Seattle Community College District and will be mailed to all League members this fall.
The jurors for this year's competition were Amanda Knowles and Liza E. Halvorsen. Amanda Knowles earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Artist Trust. Her work is represented by Seattle 's Davidson Galleries and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Amanda serves on the Board of Seattle Print Arts and teaches at North Seattle Community College. Liza Halvorsen exhibits her ceramic sculpture regionally and nationally since earning a BFA from the University of Washington. After work abroad, she earned an MFA at Mills College and began teaching ceramics in the Bay Area. Since returning to Seattle, Liza continues as an art instructor, studio artist and juror; she has received a SCCC Faculty Fund for Excellence Grant among other honors.
The 2009-2010 competition will be host ed by Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.