Student excellence recognized at 2017 Juried Student Art Exhibition

The Augusta University Department of Art hosted an opening reception for the 2017 Juried Student Art Exhibition on Thursday, Feb. 17 in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art.

Juried by Birmingham-based contemporary artist Amy Pleasant, the exhibit features 31 works of art from 24 students. The pieces featured were created using a variety of mediums including ceramics, digital art, printmaking and sculpture.

Hosted annually, the Juried Student Art Exhibition gives emerging student artists a chance to experience the jurying process firsthand while also gaining a greater knowledge and understanding of gallery operations.

In addition to showing off student work to the community, several students were awarded for their outstanding commitment to and excellence in academics and the arts. The awards and recipients are:

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art Award

Winner: Leah Schaffer

Morris Museum Awards

Winner: Gerry O’Meara

Honorable Mentions:

Baillie Conway

Kenya Gibbons

Macy Goodwin

Edgar Miles

Olivia Robinson

KeJuan Tanksley

Morsberger Purchase Award

Winner: Olivia Robinson

Awards for Excellence in Studio Foundations

Winners: James Griffin, Morgan Hayes

The Recognition of Excellence in Studio Foundations

Winners: Caitlin Holley, Talecia Cistrunk

Pamplin Award

Winners: Baillie Conway, Olivia Robinson

Bindler Award

Winners: Leah Schaffer, Yana Bondar

The Lilian Rosen Award

Kelsey Hornback

Artist Guild of Columbia County Award

Brooke Mays

Samuel J. & Sarah Singal Award

Carmen Moses

The Eugenia Comer Oustanding Art Student Award

Edgar Miles

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