The winners of the 2009-2010 Student Art Competition, hosted by Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, and coordinated by Maggie Hobbs, were recently announced. The First Place Best of Show was awarded to Sebastian Muñoz, Miami Dade College (Wolfson Campus) for Untitled, a photography piece. This year's Juror's Purchase award was presented to Mark Peria, Anne Arundel Community College, for a mixed media piece titled Topographic.
The Second Place award was won by Caitlin Ramsey, Mountain View College, for a mixed media sculpture titled Stream of Consciousness; and the Third Place awards were presented to Nathan Terry, Central Piedmont Community College, for his digital photography titled Hide; Cathy Night, Eastfield College, for her Polaroid transfers on plastic water bottles titled Smart Water, and Rebecca Cairns, Humber College, for her digital photography piece titled Shadow People.
Honorable Mentions were given to seven student artists, including Alice Walters, Central Piedmont Community College,for a ceramic piece titled War Torn; Samuel Datuma, Delta College, for a photographic piece titled Mineral Man, Estee Phuong Yu, De Anza College, for a piece of furniture design titled Chair #1; Adam Moco, Humber College, for a mixed media installation titled Stitched Up. Jason Bryant, Johnson County Community College, for a sculpture installation piece entitled Stable; Hilary Stalnaker, Johnson County Community College, for a sculpture installation titled, Toying Around; Christy Wittmer, San Diego City College, for a ceramic piece titled, Carnivorous Plant.
Under Humber’s leadership the competition included 95 works of art from League Board colleges. Humber is currently producing a catalogue of entries which will be mailed to all League members this fall.
The jurors for this year's competition were Francisco Alvarez, Michelle Jacques and Ann Webb.
Francisco Alvarez completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and his M.B.A. at York University. His career accomplishments include nine-years as a professional dancer in Canada and France, a position with the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Alliance Broadcasting and a communications role at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). He currently holds the role of Managing Director of the Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the ROM.
Michelle Jacques is a Toronto-based curator and writer and holds the position of Associate Curator, Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She sits on the board of Vtape, and is a contributing editor with Fuse magazine.
Ann Webb began her career in a private contemporary art gallery and has held positions with the Canadian Opera Company, the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation, the Toronto International Art Fair and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Ann currently holds the position of Executive Director of the Canadian Art Foundation. She has been engaged in the visual art and cultural sectors for more than twenty years and founded and organized the Reel Artists Film Festival since 2004.
The 2010-2011 competition will be hosted by Miami Dade College.