The West Virginia University School of Art & Design has announced the winners of its second annual Juried Student Exhibition, featuring 31 works of art selected from 96 student entries.

The artwork crossed a wide expanse of mediums, including ceramics, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, painting, drawing, video and animation.

This year’s juror was Carol Hummel, an Ohio-based artist whose works are on view in the Laura Mesaros Gallery at the Creative Arts Center through Dec. 10. Hummel is known for her large-scale, site-specific projects and her work often examines the nature of being and the bonds that tie people together.

While in Morgantown, she worked with students and community members to cover a large tree on the Evansdale Campus with crocheted yarn to celebrate 2013 as “The Year of the Tree.”

Monetary awards for the Student Juried Exhibition included a $600 award for Best in Show, $250 for the College of Creative Arts Dean’s Choice Award, four $200 awards for Juror’s Choice, two School of Art & Design Director’s Choice awards for $300 each, the Lotus McDowell Art Works Award for $200 and $100 for the Judy Raese Arts Award.

The winners and their works include:

  • Best in Show, Kiy Tywoniw, of Hillsboro, W.Va., “Brush,” 2013 animation.
  • School of Art and Design Director’s Cash Award, Amber Ross, of Thornton, W.Va., “Time Machine,” sculpture, 1961 Chevy panel wagon, angle iron, expanded metal.
  • School of Art and Design Director’s Cash Award, Kelsey Mangus, of Wheeling, W.Va., “John,” 2013 oil painting.
  • College of Creative Arts Dean’s Award, Kelsey O’Brien, of Libertyville, Ill., “The Dreamer,” 2013 digital photography.
  • Lotus McDowell Art Works Award, Josef Riggins, of Boones Mill, Va., “Monkey,” 2012 stoneware & oils.
  • Jurors Choice #1, Nathan Alexander Ward, of Williamson, W.Va., Experiments with Memory: Synthesis and Transmutation,” 2013 mixed media, archival inkjet print, collected photographs, recovered sediment.
  • Jurors Choice #2, Jenn Marcus, of Morgantown, W.Va., “Pedophile Pillows,” 2011, pillows, ink, wall paint, thumb tacks.
  • Jurors Choice #3, Kaitlyn Hunter, of Lisbon Falls, Maine, “Separation Anxiety,” 2013 mixed media and found object.
  • Jurors Choice #4, Lauren Schiefelbein, of Philippi, W.Va., “A Community that Embraced the Mentally Ill, Speaks,” 2013 video documentation of the artist’s permanent indoor exhibition located at the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, W.Va.
  • Judy Raese Arts Award, Samuel Boehm, of Martinsburg, W.Va., “Untitled (Book),” 2013 silkscreen.

The 2013 Student Juried Exhibition was made possible by the support of The Myers Foundations.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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