2018 Student Art Competitive Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Annual Student Art Competitive!

Grand Prize:  Donald Wortman, Untitled, 2017, Acrylic and wire

Award of Excellence: Isabella Cilia, So Many God Damn Tuna, 2017, Oil on MDF

Award of Excellence: Louise Mandumbwa, Warren, 2018, Acrylic on gessoboard

Award of Merit: Sarah Moore, She is so. . . , 2017, Linen and thread

Honorable Mention: Monika Anne Cunningham, Just Tired, 2018, Acrylic paint

Honorable Mention: Panipak Kumgade, Spring Break, Mixed media

Honorable Mention: Katie Smith, Home, 2018, Oil on gessoboard

Brandon Cranford, Shiori Soya, and Rebekah Schmitz

Brandon Cranford, BFA Studio, Photography Emphasis; Shiori Soya, BA Art, Fine Art Emphasis (who graduated in December 2017), and Rebekah Schmitz, Art Minor, each had work selected for publication in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s Best of College & High School Photography 2018.  Jurors this year were Christopher Broughton, Mount St. Mary’s University; Angela Kelly, Rochester Institute of Technology; and Dennis Darling, University of Texas at Austin.  The jurors selected work from over 12,000 photographs from around the world.

Emily Moore

Emily Moore, Pre-BFA Freshman, has work accepted for the Arkansas Arts Councils annual 2018 Small Works on Paper Touring Exhibition. The exhibition will travel to ten different venues throughout the state.


Arkansas College Media Association Awards

Congratulations to the following art students who won awards at the Arkansas College Media Association conference:

Allison Armstrong (BFA Studio Art: Graphic Design Emphasis & BA in Art: Art Education Emphasis)- First Place, Magazine Art/Illustration, Vortex, “Building Character”.

Leah Roddy (BFA Studio Art: Painting Emphasis)- Second Place, Magazine Art/Illustration, Vortex, Untitled.

Melissa Foster (BA in Art: Fine Art Emphasis)-First Place, Magazine Cover Design, Vortex, “Vortex 42”,  and Honorable Mention, Magazine Art/Illustration, Vortex, “Rain on the Road”.

Lauren Swaim (BA in Art: Fine Art Emphasis)- Second Place, Sports Photo, The Echo, “Women’s Basketball”; First Place, Online Articles-Arts & Entertainment, The Echo, “Shakespeare’s First Folio Displayed at the Baum Gallery”; and Third Place, Online Articles-Arts & Entertainment, The Echo, “Courtway Announces Hanging Bear Sculpture”.

Shiori Soya (BA in Art: Fine Art Emphasis)- Third Place, Sports Photo, The Echo, “Bears Basketball”.

2017 Student Art Competitive Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2017 Student Art Competitive:

Donald Wortman, Grand Prize for Kinetic Rain
Chance Wallace, Award of Excellence for Manifest
Alma Horlock, Award of Merit for Sum of Their Parts
Hannah Bernhardt, Award of Merit for Untitled
Casandra Vennerbeck, Award of Merit for Midnight Procession
Rebeca Robinson, Honorable Mention for Day Dream
Kolby Black, Honorable Mention for Fragile Masculinity

Rachel Avery

Rachel Avery, BA Fine Art Emphasis, anticipated graduation date, May 2017, will have work exhibited this spring in the 51st Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show. Her drawing, Lacrimas II, was accepted for the exhibition held at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

2016 Winners of the Student Art Competitive

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Student Art Competitive:

Kaylee Dewees, Cosmic,  Best in Show
Sara Shumaker, The Geometry of Loneliness, Best in Show
Melissa Foster, Work with Me, Best in Show
Kolby Black, Sugar and Cream, Award of Excellence
Marley Allgood, Interior # 1, Award of Excellence
Kelsey Thornton, Feb 21, 2014: I Love You, Honorable Mention
Patrick Evans, Athenian, Honorable Mention
Cassandra Vennerbeck, Ode to December 15, Honorable Mention
Rebecca Robinson, Secret Pockets, Honorable Mention

Marie Desrochers

Marie Desrochers, B.A. in Art: Art History Emphasis with minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Chemistry (anticipated graduation August 2016), has been selected for the Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Internship Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).  Four undergraduate students or recent graduates are selected each year for the paid internship program, in which they are mentored and supervised by the Museum’s Conservator of Objects.  The NMAAHC is the Smithsonian’s 19th museum, opening on the National Mall this September 2016.

Ms. Desrochers will be interning at the NMAAHC for 16 weeks from November 2016 through February 2017.  This marks the third internship in conservation for Ms. Desrochers.  Last summer she completed internships at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and at the Archives of American Art.

Ciara Long

Ciara Long, (BFA Graphic Design Emphasis), received a Silver and a Bronze Addy award at the district level, April 2013. District 10 of the American Advertising Federation is composed of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

2013 ADDY Awards

Ciara Long, pursuing the BFA Graphic Design Emphasis, Hunter Oden, BFA Graphic Design Emphasis 2012, and Michael Barnett, BFA Graphic Design Emphasis 2012, each received awards for their graphic design work at the 2013 ADDY Awards in the central Arkansas division of the American Advertising Federation.  Long and Oden each received two golds and one silver for their work, and Barnett received one silver and two bronze awards for his work.  The four pieces by Long and Oden that received gold are automatically forwarded to the regional level to compete against work from Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.