The 2023 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. 

This year’s juror is established artist and adjunct professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Julie Schenkelberg. Schenkelberg’s work focuses on creating mixed media pieces that transform notions of domesticity and engage with the American Rust Belt’s legacy of abandonment and decay.  

In judging, the juror 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’s 2023 award winners were: 

  • Alex and Tamara Brady Pendleton Best in Show Award: Danielle Tuttle for photography 
  • Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence: Jimmy Thomas, mixed media drawings 
  • Ellen Jagow Award for Painting: Jimmy Thomas, series of oil paintings 
  • Abigail Flint Award for Photography: Aubrey Baker, photography 
  • Award for Design: Reece Zeigler, digital photography 
  • Award for Outstanding Work by Freshman or Sophomore: Quinn Nutter, alternative codex and digital drawing 
  • Juror’s Mentions: Lauren Felvus for her oil paintings, Ashley Cameron for her ceramic tiles, and Elena Rinaldi for her body of work. 

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 of designing the layout of the show and installing the exhibition. 

By Taylor Cook