Butler Community College art students had the opportunity to see their work hanging in a gallery with the opening of the annual Student Art Exhibit at Butler’s Erman B. White Gallery.
The exhibit opened April 17 and will be on display until May 10. A reception and award ceremony was held on April 19.
The first awards presented were the Student Choice Awards.
“All of these students looked at the work by their classmates and selected five Student Choice Awards,” said John Oehm, art instructor.
Those awards went to Garrett Swearingen, Jessie Lancaster, Misty Walton, Annie Shoemaker and Sarah Greuel.
Next, the three art instructors, Oehm, Valerie Haring (lead art instructor) and Roger Mathews, selected from their classes.
“We selected work students had done in our classes this semester we especially appreciated,” Oehm said.
Oehm’s award went to Corbin Roth, who helps design the show cards and helps with lighting in the gallery, among other things.
Mathews’ award went to Vernon Vanderpool.
“You have the heart of what it means to be an artist and craftsperson,” Mathews said.
Haring’s award went to Ellen Mosiman.
“She is talented in many ways,” Haring said, adding that Mosiman also was her student worker.
The final awards announced were those for the show.
The judge this year was Matthew Hilyard.
“Matthew Hilyard looked at hundreds of artworks submitted by our students,” Oehm said. “He is an old friend of Butler.”
Hilyard was a student about 15 years ago and has curated shows at the gallery, as well as donated art to fundraisers.
Those that did not make it in the gallery show were on display in the 300 Building.
The honorable mention awards went to Skylar Myers, Tyrell Sandoval and Barbara Barthelette.
Third place awards went to Rachel Huffman in 3-D and Crista McKee in 2-D; second place was Kirstan Hanson in 3-D and Annie Shoemaker in 3-D; and first was Swearingen in 3-D and Lindsey Bender in 2-D.
Best in show went to Ryun Lawrence.
“You guys have all put so much into this show,” Mathews said. “This is the biggest show we’ve had in a long time. We’re going to miss you.”
“I’m really, really proud of all of the students,” Haring added. “We’ve had a great time in the studio, and we feel like a family.”
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