Student Art Competition


National Student Art Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the 1999–2000 Student Art Competition, hosted by St. Louis Community College and coordinated by Ron Thomas, were recently announced. The First Place “Best of Show” award was presented to David Silver, Monroe Community College, for an untitled mixed media. The Judge’s Purchase Award was presented to Scott McMath, Delta College, for a charcoal drawing titled, “Schard.”

The Second Place award was won by Joanna Callow, Maui Community College, for an untitled photograph; and Third Place awards were presented to Clifford Brown, San Diego Community College, for an untitled ceramic; Nikki Good, Kern Community College District, for a black-and-white photograph titled, “Christina”; and Elizabeth Kang, Dallas County Community College District, for an oil on canvas titled, “Sibling.”

Honorable Mentions were given to six student artists, including Jane Love, Central Piedmont Community College, for an oil painting titled, “Sisters”; Liesl Fitzenrider, Delta College, for a color photograph titled, “Circular Motion”; Laney Lloyd, Lane Community College, for a weaving titled, “Rites of Spring”; Carol Freedman, Miami-Dade Community College, for a silver bracelet; Matt Thatcher, Kern Community College District, for a mixed media oil and tar titled, “Communication 2000”; and Diem Van Huynh, Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, for a photograph titled, “Warren.”

Under the leadership of St. Louis Community College, the competition included nearly 100 works of art from League colleges. A catalog of all entries is currently being produced by St. Louis and will be mailed to all League members this fall.

The jurors for the Student Art Competition were Ken and Kate Anderson, marking the first husband/wife team ever to judge this competition. Kate, director of the R. Duane Reed Gallery, exhibits throughout the United States and works in wood, stone, and paint. Ken, a professor at the University of Missouri, has had over twenty gallery affiliations throughout the U.S. and is a painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist. The Andersons commented about the competition and judging process, “An exhibition designed to provide a vehicle for exceptional community college students to demonstrate their innovation and creativity via a juried exhibition is a rare and positive entry into the professional art arena. … The works that received awards were well crafted, conceptually sophisticated, and indicative of artistic maturity. Congratulations are due to all the artists…and to their dedicated teachers….”

The 2000-2001 competition will be hosted by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and coordinated by Bill Geisinger.