Hiram College

From five to seven yesterday evening, the art department held a reception in the Gelbke Art Gallery to showcase student artwork entered in the annual Juried Student Art Show. The show runs from March 20 runs to April 6, 2012.

According to Art Professor Linda Bourassa, the gallery only featured about half the works that students submitted to the show. Adorning the walls were works from all sorts of media, including photographs and paintings, and ceramic pieces stood on pillars placed in different areas of the gallery.

A series of photographs by Elizabeth Gress, ’12, titled the Scar Series dominated the wall near the entrance of the gallery.  Each photograph was a portrait of a Hiram student in a particular venue, and just like the name of the series would suggest, each student bore some type of scar.  Because of the use of lighting and the choice of setting, the photographs seemed to feature humanity at its darkest and most gritty, conjuring both the vulnerability of injury and the callous reminder of emotional and physical healing.  Gress won the Alex and Tamara Brady Pendleton Best in Show Award for her work, a $250 prize.

Several winners took home cash awards of $150.  Patrick Mehen won the Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence for his artist book, 8 Hour Drive. Dawn Richards won the Ellen Jagow Award for Painting for her oil painting, Garden Fresh. Michelle Crowl’s Series took the Abigail Flint Award for Photography, and Niesha Ziegler won the Award for Outstanding Work by a Freshman or Sophomore for her photograph, Portraiture.

The Art History Book Award went to Mike Fanara for his paper, “The Sacrifice of Isaac: A Cinquecento Approach.”

Finally, several students won a $50 prize for Juror’s Mention.  Kristen Cooney won for her work, Dreads, Bryan Kinches for Untitled and Lydia Snyder for a ceramic piece called Fruit.

Artist Annie Peters functioned as the juror of the show.  In her artist’s statement, she revealed her criteria for judging the student works, explaining how a work’s technical skill is displayed in an artist’s control of the tools and media he or she uses as well as the overall cohesiveness of the work.  She stated that a work must not only be visually appealing but also feed the intellect and touch the emotions.