The 2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show recently debuted in the Hiram College Gelbke Art Gallery featuring the work of students from diverse art disciplines, including painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, and video.

The jurors for the show consisted of established professional artists and educators, Annie and A.D. Peters. In judging, the jurors looked for work that demonstrated a personal expression or vision, technical skill, and an ability to create a cohesive composition. Winners were selected and announced during a recent awards ceremony in the gallery.

This year also featured a new award—the Award for Design—which celebrates the new Art & Design major under Hiram College’s New Liberal ArtsTM.

The 2019 winners include:

  • Alex and Tamara Brady Pendleton Best in Show Award: Natalie Quarry of Ravenna, Ohio for her body of work in quilting, codex-making, and painting.
  • Paul A. Rockford Award for Excellence: Abigail Stevenson of Napoleon, Ohio for her body of work in sculpture, drawing, etching, and video.
  • Ellen Janos Award for Painting: Cleo Starpattern of Homeworth, Ohio for a series of paintings.
  • Abigail Flint Award for Photography: Shanjinzi Ma of Hiram, Ohio for her pair of photographs.
  • Award for Design: Charlie Wirfel of Fairview Park, Ohio for his mixed-media collages.
  • Award for Outstanding Work by Freshmen or Sophomore: Miranda Mordue of Streetsboro, Ohio for her photography.
  • Juror’s Mention: Kasie Purpura of Cleveland, Ohio for his jewelry.

Submitted work was to be created during the students’ time at the College. The exhibition was also an educational opportunity for students, as they learned how to prepare work for presentation and how to price artwork. Furthermore, student gallery assistants were given the responsibility to design the layout of the show and install the exhibition. 

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