MGC HOLDS OPENING FOR ANNUAL JURIED STUDENT ART EXHIBITION
By: Tricia Purser Release Date:03/13/2012
(Cochran, GA) – Middle Georgia College recently honored its art students at an Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for its 8th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition at the Peacock Gallery in Russell Hall. Ariana Welch’s “Across” won Best in Show, while Sutton Waller won Best of 2-D for “Model Drawing,” Megan Fullerton won Best of 3-D for “Daniel R.,” and Jonathan Silva won Best of Digital Art for “Fire Dancing in the Night.” Honorable mentions went to Eli Haun for “Tenebrism” and to Kristen Eanes for “Pop ‘A Top.” Megan Fullerton also won the Student Choice Award for “Daniel R.”
The show was judged by Desmal Purcell, who said in his judge’s statement, “In organizing this exhibition I looked for work that not only showed an understanding of technique, concept, and presentation…but work that was strong enough to represent the creative endeavors of the Middle Georgia College student body. The work in this exhibition highlights visual arts at Middle Georgia College. You have all worked hard to see this exhibition through and it is evident by the work in this gallery.”
Charlie Agnew, an Associate Professor of Art at MGC and the Director of Peacock Gallery, said “All of the art students have worked very hard this year, and this exhibition represents the culmination of the very best works from this year’s students. All of the participants are to be congratulated on a job well done. While not every piece that was entered made it into the show or won an award, all of the entrants have learned a lot from this exhibition. I want to encourage all the artists who entered to keep working and doing their best. If they follow their passions and push on, they will succeed. This college and community should really take the opportunity to come out and view this exhibition. I think they will be well pleased with what they see.”
MGC student Aliya Rowley said, “It seemed to be a stronger show compared to last year, and although shocked, I was glad that my friend Ariana Welch won the Best of Show. The turn-out of attendants seemed to be more than last year as well, which meant that the students, faculty, and staff are very supportive of one another.”
The Student Art Exhibition will be on display in Peacock Gallery until Friday, March 30. The Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The exhibit is free and open to the public.