The Saint Mary’s University Undergraduate Art Exhibit opened to the public with a welcome reception on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Toner Center gallery featuring student-submitted pieces.
The show is an annual exhibit that displays artwork of any type, created by students in any major. Students who participated were allowed to submit up to three pieces. The show consisted of work from roughly 45 students, and represented 11 majors.
The award judge for this year was Sarah Taubner, a historian at the Winona History Center. She was chosen by the Saint Mary’s gallery staff and Art Department Chair, Dr. Rob McColl. He said, “We like to select a person that doesn’t have a strong connection with the students, but knows the gallery and the arts.”
Honorable mentioned artworks were announced, leading up to third, second, then first place announcements. Freshman, Clare Bath, received first place for her drypoint etching: Berliner Dom. Senior, Grace Homer, was awarded second for her photograph: 500 Miles. Third place went to freshman, Gaojoshia Yang-Nicks, who created a paper collage: Paper Airplane. Honorable mentions included artwork by Nathan Young, Eman, Libby Rayne, and Robert Kinyon.
Bath was ecstatic to receive first for her drypoint etching. She said, “It was a great honor to win this award, and I was very excited and surprised to hear my name called.”
“I think the award judge did a great job deciding the best work,” said McColl. “I was very pleased myself with the work that was submitted by students this year.”
The top three places received cash awards. First place awarded $100, second place receiving $75, and third place receiving $50. The art show will be open to the public until Dec. 18, 2017.